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Charles "Charlie" Marion Johnson, Jr.

Died: Sat., Jul. 12, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Location: Frederick Location

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Jul. 19, 2014

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Charles M. Johnson, Jr. (Charlie) of Frederick passed away on July 12, 2014.  He was the husband of Fannie L. Johnson, his wife of 66 years.  Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of Charles M. and Louise S. Johnson.  He was a graduate of Eastern High School and attended the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Campus.

Charlie enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps Air Cadet Program in 1945, which was the start of his life-long passion for aviation.  Shortly thereafter, the war was winding down and because there was an excess of pilots, he was directed into communications, which became his life-long career.  He was employed by AT&T for almost 39 years, enjoying many transfers and assignments.  One of his most memorable assignments was a four-year stint with the U.S. Air Force “Night Watch” program, a 24-hour airborne command post for the President and Joint Chiefs of Staff in case of national emergency.

His next assignment, which lasted for 20 years, was Chief of AT&T operations at the underground facility near Blue Ridge Summit, PA, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Immediately before his retirement, he supported the NASA Communications Division related to space shuttle and satellite launches, which he really loved!  

Charlie was also involved in many community activities.  He was an active, participating member of the Civil Air Patrol for years, taught ground school for Frederick Aviation, and was a member of the Frederick Airport Commission.  He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

A son, Charles III, predeceased him in 2004.  He is survived by his loving wife, a beloved daughter, Charlotte and her husband Abe, and countless special friends. Charlie was always doing something to help others.  He cherished every beautiful day and enjoyed every moment of his life.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the National Air and Space Museum, The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia 21051, for the benefit of Smithsonian programs; to the Diabetes National Research Group, 11350 SW Village Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987, to be used for research; or to the charity of your choice.

The family will hold visitation at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702 on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Kimberly Bracken Long at Stauffer’s on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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Craig Martin
   Posted Tue July 15, 2014
I first met Charlie in 1967 when he was administering the exam for new AT&T hires at the old Holiday Inn in Frederick. He helped me through the process of becoming a new employee and we kept in contact over the next 33 years on my various assignments in the Washington area. He was a gracious gentleman and was always interested in helping others. My condolences to the family.

Jon and Lynn Harden
   Posted Tue July 15, 2014
Charlie was a very special man. He was always there for anyone that needed anything. He was a very giving person with a big heart. He was always there to video and take pictures for any event that he was attending. It was as if to tell his life story where he has been what he has done and who was in his life. It didn't stop there he would share them with you so that you too could remember the moments. We will miss him and his big bear hugs. Always smiling and always caring. Charlie made an impact on this world and he will live on forever in everyone's hearts that he touched. We are sorry for your loss Fanny, Charlotte and Abe. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Janet and Roy Mannon
   Posted Tue July 15, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie's family at this time. We met Charlie when he sat with us at Ruth and Bill's Parson's wedding anniversary which was held in Winchester, VA. After this Charlie kept sent us 'many' e-mails on aviation, and e-mails that covered a lot of interesting subjects. We talked about he and Fannie coming to visit us this Fall when everything is so beautiful in the Shenandoah Valley and feel very sad now that this won't be happening. We will always remember him as a kind, friendly person who we took to right-away. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Frank and Terry Coffren
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
We met Charlie and Fannie around 1979 in Myrtle Beach on our annual vacation. We made an instant connection and really enjoyed our friendship with them. Charlie took a video of our daughter's wedding almost 25 years ago and it is a treasured momento. We loved his wonderful outlook on life and bubbling personality. He was one of a kind and we have lost a treasure. Our prayers to you Fannie, Charlotte and Abe.

Barbara Boyle
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
Fannie & Charlotte-
I am so sorry that Charlie has passed. He was always a dear and cherished friend to my mom and dad. I remember him coming home the day JFK was shot to get a radio. He was the one who told mom of the assassination. Although we only lived in Frederick for 11 months, they were important and special. After all, Debbie joined our family there! I recall Charlie flying me from Wildwood to Frederick in the summer of... maybe 1964. My first plane ride! He will never be forgotten. A special man- God bless him- and you. I wish I could be there for the funeral- I will be present in spirit.

Barbara Douville Frazier
   Posted Wed July 16, 2014
Charlie and my dad met at AT and T and commuted together into Washington for many years. Charlie was a good friend to Dad, and after Dad passed away in 1991, Charlie and wife Fanny kept in close touch with my mom, calling and stopping by to see her. Charlie was the kind of friend who always went the extra mile, and did it with a gracious spirit and a cheerful heart. He will be sorely missed.

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