Johnson, pioneer officer


First Posted: 1/15/2009

for Lumberton, dies at 63

Carey E. Johnson Sr., 63, of 62 Marion Road, died Aug. 10, 2008, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Sandy Grove Baptist Church, the Rev. T. Shedrick Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in Elizabeth Heights Cemetery.
Johnson was born on March 25, 1945, to the late Doris McLaurin Johnson and Bill Johnson. In 1965, he graduated from J.H. Hayswood High School. He began working with T.V. and radio repair under the influence of Knox Rowan and later opened his own business in downtown Lumberton. He was known for his master ability at electrical repair and installation.
Johnson was one of the first black policemen to advance to the level of administration in the Lumberton Police Department by becoming captain. He retired in 2001 after 31 years with the department. He was also a criminal justice instructor at Robeson Community College.
Surviving are his wife, Betty J. Johnson; two daughters, Pamela Johnson (Tim) and Sharon Johnson, both of Charlotte; a son, Carey E. Johnson Jr. of Lumberton; two sisters, Frances Johnson of New York and Annie Jones Joyner of Charlotte; and a brother, William E. Johnson of Lumberton.
The viewing will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home in Lumberton.

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