Still going strong at 90

Rosie Johnson celebrates birthday


Rosie Johnson celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 15. On Monday, she was on the job at Hogan’s Pharmacy in Lillington receiving birthday wishes from customers.

Johnson works in the accounting department at Hogan’s, and her co-workers say she comes to work each day with a joyful heart.

“She is an inspiration to us all,” said Stacie Hogan.

Johnson says her secrets to working so long are three meals a day, seven hours of sleep each night, and to keep on working.

A lifelong resident of Harnett County, Johnson won a jitterbug contest in Lillington at the age of 16. She said when her future husband, Joel Johnson, first asked her out on a date, she turned him down because she said she didn’t know him.

Her first jobs were working part time at Lafayette Drug Company and at a Lillington dry cleaners. She left the dry cleaners and worked part time at Ray Lady’s Store while continuing to work part time at Lafayette.

While at Lafayette Drug Company, she said Joel Johnson would come in the back door and order orangeades and he finally convinced her to go on a date. Three months later they were married on Jan. 20, 1951.

The couple had three children, Max, Michelle and Ann. They were married 53 years before he passed.

After they were married, Rosie Johnson worked part time at Lafayette Drug Company and helped on their farm.

When Lafayette sold to Rite Aid she worked for that store. She worked for Neil McPhail at McPhail’s Pharmacy, and when it sold to Hogan’s Pharmacy she continued there.


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