LILLINGTON — Aaron Chesley Johnson Sr., age 95, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington. A lifelong resident of Lillington, he was the son of the late Chesley and Arlie Wester Johnson and was preceded in death by his siblings, Florine Penny, Jessie Cannady, Johnny Johnson and Larry Johnson.
Aaron was a Navy veteran of World War II and a gunner on a merchant marine vessel. He was a farmer, carpenter, and a master carver and story teller. Aaron was a lifelong active member of Pleasant Union Christian Church.
Funeral services will be conducted noon Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at Pleasant Union Christian Church with the Rev. Dr. Greg Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Harnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:45 a.m., prior to the service, in the original church sanctuary and other times at his home.
He is survived by his sons, Aaron C. Johnson. Jr. of Lillington, Travis Johnson (Denise) of Olivia; daughters: Patrilla J. Quick (Pat) of Whispering Pines, Cynthia Johnson of Pinehurst, Betty Gwen J. Goodwin (Tim) of Lillington, LaRue J. McRae (Tommy) of Lillington, Christa J. Vuncannon (David) of Kipling; and their mother, Betty Ann Johnson of Lillington; his longtime companion, Catherine Gilchrist and her sons, Larry, David, Randy and Jerry, all of Fuquay-Varina; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother, Nathan (Mabel) Johnson of Lillington; and sisters, Ramona Bethune of Bunnlevel, Edith Ann Mangum and Doris Peebles, both of Lillington.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Union Christian Church, 2164 Neill’s Creek Road, Lillington, NC 27546; or to VFW #6722, 409 S. Main St., Lillington, NC 27546.
Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington. Online condolences at www.oppfh.com.