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George Richard Johnson, Sr.


Friday, September 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM

First Christian Church


George Richard Johnson, Sr. of Hagerstown, Maryland passed away peacefully at home on August 30th, 2021.   Born Wednesday June 16, 1931 in Ocean City, Maryland, he was the son of the late Charles L. and Margaret L. (Lewis) Johnson of  Berlin, Maryland.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Anita Mellott Johnson, 82 years old, their five children George Richard Johnson, Jr. (wife, Betty Johnson and two sons Dylan and Joey), Donald Charles Johnson (wife, Jill Sis and children Christopher, Matthew and Sarah), Andra Anita Wood (husband Robert Wood and daughters Megan, Kelsey and Alysa), Leah Ann Musiker (husband Daniel Musiker and children Anya, Eva and Paul), Bradley David Johnson (children Darby and Brady). He also leaves behind 8 great-grandchildren. 
He was a graduate of the University of Maryland in 1963, and also a graduate of Frostburg State College in 1971. He retired from teaching public school in Prince Georges County in 1987.  After retiring from teaching, he spent several years in the radiology department at Kaiser Permanente in Kensington, Maryland.
George was an Army veteran, serving three years in Germany. He was a member of the Red Men Tribe #84 in Williamsport. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #378 and a member of the American Legion Post #0042, both in Hagerstown. He was a member of the national, state, and local retired teachers associations.
George and his wife loved to travel. They took four cross country trips in the USA and went on various cruises, to include Alaska and the Mediterranean. His main hobby in retirement was writing, and after the age of seventy, he authored three novels and three collections of shorts stories. Two of the novels and the short story collections were published.  He continued to grow his huge collection of short stories up until his passing. He was a long standing member of the Desert Rose Cafe Writers Group in Williamsport, Maryland.
In an effort to protect the health of our most vulnerable, a small private funeral service will be held for immediate family only at First Christian Church in Hagerstown on Friday, September 3rd at 1:00pm.  All other family, friends and loved ones are invited to join us virtually at the link provided below.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Doey’s House c/o Hospice of Washington County747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD
Online condolences may be expressed at


To view a powerpoint of George, click this link

To follow along with the service, click on the links below for the order of worship and the hymns.


PDF iconG.Johnson - Memorial Service - 09-03-21.pdf

PDF iconG. Johnson - Celebration of Life Service - Hymns - 09-03-21.pdf




Guest Book

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Sharon Johnson and all family members. Mr. Johnson was a GEM of a gentlemen and he will be missed. I had the honor of sharing lots of fun times with him throughout the years and i will always keep his funny jokes and conversations in my heart. May he rest in peace. Love Susy Rudd.

Susana G Rudd
Laurle, MD - Maryland

Sharon, My thoughts go out to you and your family. George was a special person. May his memory be a blessing.

Sybil Schiffman
Hagerstown, MD

Dear Sharon and children, We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort each of you. Sending our deepest sympathy, Lorena and Juan Cernadas

Lorena Cernadas
Gambrills, MD

Thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers. May memories bring your family comfort.

Betty Jones
Hagerstown, MD

For the whole wonderful family, Dan and I are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Johnson was so very kind. You all especially your mom are in our prayers. RIP Mr. Johnson Love, Dan & Janet

Waldorf , Md

Betty,George,Dylan and Joey: My condolences on the passing of your father/grandfather. I know George Sr. Is treasured and in your memory and was surrounded by much love .

J. Robb Cecil
Laurel, MD

I am so sorry for the loss of ur father Leah. My family sends our condolences to u and ur family. Sending prayers to get thru this difficult time. Mary Sherwood Leah's cousin in law

Mary Sherwood
Easton, PA

George and Betty, You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers and we are so sorry for your loss.

Mari-Jo Casey and Danny Oriolo
Tigard, Oregon

Our hearts are with you. Please lean on us, we are here for you. ❤️

The Werner Family
Elkridge, MD

I am so sorry to hear about this great loss. Always loved getting together with the Johnsons and George was so friendly and warm and made me feel part of the family. He will be missed, BUT WILL LIVE on in your Heart & Soul--he will always be with you in Spirit. Rest in Peace! ---Ted Musiker (Leah's Father-in Law)

Ted Musiker
Severn, Maryland

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