Curtis Eugene Johnson

Published 7:27 pm Monday, January 25, 2016

Curtis Eugene Johnson died on Jan. 17, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center following a period of illness.

He was born Jan. 19, 1962, to the late Lillie Johnson and Earl Naylor. He graduated from Davie County High School and attended Davidson County Community College before beginning his career in the military. He served in the US Army for two and a half years as a smoke operation specialist.  He was a decorated marksman and munitions specialist. He was an athlete in high school with the nickname, “Cleatus” because of his skills on the football field. He was also an accomplished basketball player. He remained a sports fan throughout his life. He was a hardworking man and business owner.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Azillee Johnson Barker; his paternal grandparents, Warner and Percy Naylor.

Surviving: his children, Decorba White of Raleigh, and Paul Johnson of Seattle, Wash.; a granddaughter, Jekiyah White; 2 brothers, Bradford (Julia) Johnson of Mocksville, and Karl Stacey Johnson of Mocksville; 3 sisters, Pamela Johnson, Paulette Rhynehardt, and Patrenia Johnson, all of Winston Salem; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends, including special acknowledgement to Timothy Rhynehardt and Doreen Chasey.

His funeral service was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home. The family was to receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the service. Burial with military rites was to take place on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at National Cemetery in Salisbury.