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James David Johnson Jr.

Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Obituary

James David Johnson, Jr., 75, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022, at Meritus Medical Center. 

Born April 21, 1947, in Oak Park, IL, Jim was the son of the late James David Johnson, Sr. and the late Thelma “TG” (Wildman) Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Joan Morgan Johnson, earlier this summer. 

After growing up in the Chicago suburbs and New York State, Jim moved to Hagerstown, MD in 1960. He graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1965, where he excelled academically and was a formidable athlete in football, basketball, track & field, and golf. He then attended Johns Hopkins University where he received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 1969. At Hopkins, Jim joined the Tau Epsilon Phi (“TEP”) fraternity, a source of several close lifelong friendships. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years during the Vietnam War, Jim graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1974. He specialized in family and tax law in Baltimore with the Sheldon Braiterman law practice for 13 years, before moving back to Hagerstown, MD in 1987 to join the Strite & Schildt law firm. In 1997 he opened his own practice specializing in estate, business, and real estate law. Throughout his career, Jim recognized the importance of accessible legal services and performed considerable pro bono work, especially for community organizations. He was also appointed as a Court Auditor for the Washington County Circuit Court. Gaining a local reputation for his expertise and integrity, he continued to practice law until July of this year. 

Jim’s proudest accomplishment was his family, to whom he was devoted throughout his life, with particular affection for his seven grandchildren. An avid reader with an unmatched memory for details, Jim possessed encyclopedic knowledge especially within the domains of history and science, two of his greatest interests. He was also an exceptionally talented golfer, and had a strong affinity for many other sports, as a fan of the Chicago Bears, Hopkins lacrosse, Maryland basketball, and Baltimore Orioles teams in particular. Jim will be remembered especially for his dry wit, his eloquence, and his deep sense of loyalty.  

He is survived by his children, Christopher Johnson (Anne) of Baltimore, MD, Anne Johnson (Krystian Dudzinski) of Kitchener, ON, Canada and Catherine Leigh Johnson (Rick Stoddard) of Silver Spring, MD; and seven grandchildren: Owen Johnson, Mia Dudzinski, Zoe Dudzinski, Josephine Stoddard, James Stoddard, Jack Stoddard, and Samantha Stoddard. He is also survived by a sister, Jean DeWolfe, several extended family members, and many close friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Johnson. 

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 11:00 am, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. Hagerstown, MD with Rev. Don Stevenson officiating. Family will receive friends before the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. A lunch reception celebrating Jim’s life will follow his memorial service. 

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Maryland Legal Aid, www.mdlab.org <http://www.mdlab.org>, 500 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or Brooke’s House, www.brookeshouse.org <http://www.brookeshouse.org>, 17670 Technology Blvd., Hagerstown, MD 21740. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com <http://www.douglasfiery.com/>

Guest Book

Jim was an extremely kind and caring soul. He helped me thru some challenging times. My prayers and thoughts are with his family at this time. He was a very good man and great attorney.

Carol Rogers
HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND

I have known Jim for 48 years. He was a fine, modest peron who had great integrity. He was very generous with his time and caring. I have had great respect for Jim for his kindness and caring. His love of Joan and his children was central to his life. I will miss him.

Pearl Katz
Silver Spring, MD

Jim was an extraordinary attorney, gifted in knowledge of the law and the practical application of the law to the factual background. He sought to professionalize the practice of the law through his judicial selection committee assignments and bar participation. But Jim maintained a great sense of humor each time I met with him whether as a friend or fellow attorney. I extend my sincere regrets to his family with respect to his passing. He will be missed.

Ken Grove
Hagerstown, Maryland

Jim, and his office manager Carolyn, were a great team! Jim and Carolyn helped our family greatly in time of need. Both very caring and kind people. Jim, your kindness, honesty, and thoughtful ways were so appreciated. Our hearts and condolences go out to Jim’s family. Peace and hugs are coming your way. Alice and Scott Barr

Alice Barr
Lancaster , Va

My sincerest condolences to the family. I will forever be grateful that I was able to know Jim through my employment in the Circuit Court Clerks office and as Register of Wills. I learned something every time we enjoyed a conversation together. He was so kind in all matters and I know the community has lost a great legal mind who did so much for so many.

Jason Malott
Williamsport, MD

I was a classmate of Jim’s and he was so special to the Ridenour/Rowland family as a friend and attorney. I also worked with Joan at HCC. You are all in my prayers.

Carol Ridenour Rowland
Williamsport , Maryland

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