Lt. Col. Curtis Joseph Johnson, 83, wrote 2 memoirs on family history and the bayou is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Lt. Col. Curtis Joseph Johnson, of Yorktown, died peacefully on May 9, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness. He was 83.

He was the fourth of six children born to Eddie and Elzena Pinkins Johnson in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. He graduated from Southern University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, distinguishing himself while serving as a transportation officer in the Korean and Vietnam theaters. Following military retirement he received a master’s degree from Old Dominion University. He subsequently established a management consulting company and assisted numerous organizations in employee training and development.

He was active with youth development initiatives, civic and civil rights causes and environmental concerns. He loved his family and wrote two memoirs on the history of his family and the bayou region. He was devoted to his church community, using his commanding reading presence and beautiful tenor voice. He could build and repair anything. He loved remodeling his Whitestone vacation home, gardening, music and singing, fishing and Louisiana cuisine. He befriended everyone, was unique in his ability to make everyone feel special and loved a good joke.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Clarkson Johnson; his children, Kirk Anthony Johnson (Willa Mathis) and Janet Johnson Gaskins (Terry); his grandchildren, Drew and Sydney Gaskins and Olivia Johnson; sisters, Claudia J. Celestine and Edith Johnson; in-laws, Charles E. Clarkson and Harold and Barbara Chapman; and a host of loving relatives. Gramps will be missed by all.

The family has scheduled a wake for 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 315 Harris Grove Lane, Yorktown, VA 23692. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the church with a viewing held one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Kappa League Youth Mentoring Group, 3 Waterford Circle, Hampton, VA 23666.

Please leave online condolences for the family in the comment section below. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.

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