Walter H. Johnson

June 21, 1931 - November 3, 2015
Walter H. Johnson

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Walter H. Johnson of Hendersonville went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at The Elizabeth House.

Walter was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Walter H. Johnson and Ethel Ennis Johnson and had resided in Bellmore, NY and West Sayville, NY. He and his loving wife of 60 years moved to Hendersonville in 1987. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Catherine (Cate) Johnson, who died in 1998.

He graduated from the W. C. Mepham High School in 1949 and received a B.A. in 1953 and an M.A. in 1958 from Adelphi University. He also received a M.S. in l961 from Union University and did additional graduate studies at New York University.

Walter served in Germany in the 503rd Military Police Company of the Third Armored Division, US Army. He was a high school science teacher for 18 years and a high school administrator in the Deer Park School District on Long Island for 12 years. In 1968, he was selected as one of the top 100 secondary administrators in the country and was invited by the Secretary of State to Washington for a conference on the role of secondary education in the rapidly changing world.

After his retirement he became very active in helping senior citizens. He was active in the local AARP where he held various offices for many years. Walter was the Henderson county coordinator of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) of the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He was selected as the most outstanding volunteer of the state three times during the 26 years that he served.

He was a member of the Henderson County Nursing Adult Care Advisory Committee for five years and chairman for three years. Walter also served as a member of the Planning for Older Adults, Planning for Older Adult Health Care Task Force, Elder Abuse Committee, Seniors’ Plus Program, and Kiwanis K-line. He regularly attended First Alliance Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol S. Johnson; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Jane Johnson and David and Jeanne Johnson; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Arnold Spitzer; eight grandchildren, Laura, Lydia, Daniel, Matthew (wife Beth), Elizabeth and Wesley Johnson, Rachel Knouff (husband Phillip) and Karen Spitzer; and one great-grandchild, Eli Knouff.

He was a devoted husband and father and will be dearly missed by all. We praise God, however, that he knows Jesus and has gone to the home in Heaven that was prepared for him.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, November 6, 2015, in the main assembly room on the 2nd floor in the Harbor in Lake at Lake Point Landing. Pastors Ron Glass and Don Chapman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Friday, November 6, 2015
2:46 PM

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Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • November 04, 2015
    John Wingerter, SHIIP Coordinator for Buncombe and Henderson Counties says:
    As the new SHIIP Coordinator for Henderson County, I can say that Walt left a very high bar for us to reach. His contribution to helping seniors of Henderson County with their Medicare concerns leaves a lasting legacy. He will be missed.

  • November 05, 2015
    Virgil Wagner says:
    I too, met Walt as a volunteer for the Senior Health Information Program helping folks with SS and Medicare. Walt was an inspiration in the way he patiently dealt with the myiad of problems presented to him. I'm sure that reflected the person that he was in all matters of life. He will be missed.

  • November 05, 2015
    Earl & Peggy Jackson says:
    Carol & family. Sorry to hear about Walt passing away, but know he is now with Jesus and no more suffering. We were neighbors in Blue Ridge Villas for some time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time and in the days ahead.

  • November 05, 2015
    Jan and Dewey Johnson says:
    You are in our thoughts and prayers, Carol. Walter was always a faithful member of the computer club and an important part of our community. We enjoyed knowing him! Jan and Dewey Johnson

  • November 11, 2015
    Marilyn Mainey says:
    Dear Carol, Walter was my leader at SHIIP for a bunch of years. He was patient & supportive of those of us who tried to help the older people who came to us for help. He was our leader! Marilyn Mainey