April 5, 1912
DR. JOHNSON DIES.
Just as the News goes to press; this Wednesday evening, news reached us that Dr. Johnson, of Rockdell, was found dead in his bed at an early hour this morning. He was the father of G. B. Johnson of Honaker and was a useful citizen in that community.
May 3, 1912
Dr. Charles W. Johnson, was born October 20th 1840, and died April
2nd 1912, having lived nearly one year and half over man's allotted three
score years and ten. February 20th 1868 he was happily married to
Ann Elizabath Thompson of Washington County, Virginia. Six sons blessed
his home, all of whom, with the mother survive. He was a veteran
of the Southern Confederacy, having fought three and a half years, in the
civil war. A soldier of the cross, also he was, having been a member
of the Southern Methodist church for over forty years.
He was a descendant of Fannie,-Dickenson-Scott Johnson, the story
of whose survival of an Indian massacre on Walden's Creek, Scott County,
Virginia and recorded in the local histories, so beautifully illustrates
the spirit of the winning of America.
He studied for his profession at the University of Va.
The Doctor loved the things that were high, read the best magazines,
cherished the historic, kept posted in current events, and in a very remarkable
way endeavored to uplift the aspirations of his sons to what was highest
Death had never knocked at his door till suddenly claiming him.
Euripedes said: "It is a good thing to be rich, and a good thing
to be strong; but a better thing to be beloved of many friends."
Such fortune was his, as was easy to be seen in the tearful faces of the
multitude that tenderly laid his body to rest, amid the picturesque hills
of Hayter's Gap in Russell County, Virgiina, where he had been born, reared
and lived, and dispensed the blessings of his profession.
D.S. Hearon, Pastor.