Timothy Edwin Johnson

Published 1:25 pm Monday, June 6, 2022

Timothy Edwin Johnson, 75, of Smithfield passed away on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk. Born in Two Harbors, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Edwin Waldemar Johnson and Dorothy Sabina Johnson.

He is survived by his wife Marie Robbins Johnson, his son Christopher Childs Johnson (Laura) of Richmond, Virginia and his daughter Alison Marie Johnson of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; grandchildren Emma, Maren and Reese. Tim married Marie in 1995 and added to their combined family her children, Cathy Brown (Mike) and Susan Mathias (Larry); grandchildren Lauren, Casey, Stephen, Daniel, Parker, Joshua and Logan; great grandchildren Kameron, Tanner, Wyatt, Riverlin and Addison.

Tim was a Vietnam War Veteran, having served 20 years in the United States Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer on both surface ships and submarines. Upon retirement from the Navy, he pursued a number of professions, from driving long-haul trucks to working at Smithfield True Value. His love of the open road took him through every state in the lower 48.

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Always young at heart, Tim’s most passionate job after retirement was driving a school bus for Isle of Wight Academy. Though he had high expectations and a penchant for order (undoubtedly from his time in the Navy), he remained a kid at heart, enjoying joking, storytelling, and relishing in the youthful energy of his students and grandchildren. His love and respect for nature was learned at an early age growing up in the north woods of Minnesota. A lifelong gardener, his interests also included astronomy, the weather and history. Never one to turn away a stray, Tim loved his pets and held a deep respect for all animals.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 18th, 2022, 2pm, at Isle of Wight Academy. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to Isle of Wight Academy, P O Box 105, Isle of Wight, VA 23397. Online condolences may be registered at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.