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Kenneth Franklin Johnson, 73, helped develop Pottery, supported many local charities

Kenneth Franklin Johnson
Kenneth Franklin Johnson

Kenneth Franklin Johnson was a friend to all and believed in giving to those in need at organizations such as VMI, Heritage Humane Society, Dream Catchers and CDR, among others.

Mr. Johnson died Jan. 15, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 73.

He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1962 before going to Fort Bliss, Texas for training. Upon returning home, he worked as a civil engineer for the highway department. He teamed up with the Maloney family members to assist in the development of Williamsburg’s original Pottery Factory.

Mr. Johnson loved Lexington, the Valley, the original Williamsburg Pottery Factory (the shop), VMI, family, God and held a deep love of baseball, which led him to set up a scholarship for attending students at VMI. He enjoyed photography, horse racing, Nascar and was a Civil War buff. Mr. Johnson loved reading and educating himself on classic novels and astronomy.

He was born in Waverly on Feb. 22, 1940, and was preceded in death by his parents, Elva and Morton Johnson and his brother, Carlton Johnson, of Waverly.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline C. Johnson; children, Steven Wayne Johnson, Gregory Powell Johnson and Cassandra Johnson; granddaughter, Cecillia Coke Johnson; siblings, Cathy and Eddie Young, of Newport News, Connie Johnson and Ed Saunders and Keith Johnson, of Franklin; step-children, Julianna Snyder, Rebecca Snyder Hughes and Jonathan Cottle Snyder, of Williamsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Johnson would like to give special thanks to Drs. Harold Young and Barry Fowler, the team at Morgan Stanley, Kaufman and Canoles, friend and attorney Greg Davis and staff.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Harold Young MCV Neurology NPR Clinic Fund.

A Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Ln. Williamsburg, VA 23188 with Father Tom Mattingly officiating.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.


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