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Bridgers Funeral Home

Raleigh Eldridge Johnson

Murfreesboro, North Carolina | Jul. 12, 1924 – Aug. 19, 2014

Mr. Raleigh Johnson was spouse of the late Sarah Lucy Britt Johnson and was born and grew up near Newsoms, Virginia in Southampton County. His parents were James Henry Johnson and Nannie Bett Storey Johnson and he had, also, been predeceased by a sister, Hazel Johnson Fletcher and brother, Edward James Johnson. 

A member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Mr. Johnson served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and was retired from Union Camp Corporation Pipe and Plant Maintenance Systems. He was a member of the American Checker Federation becoming National Checker Champion after having won numerous state tournaments.

He is survived by daughters, Norma J. Johnson and husband, Charles, and Wendy Johnson Marks, all of Murfreesboro; 3 grandchildren, Sherry Outland Pridgen and husband Gray, of Beaufort, Kevin Lee Outland and wife, Kathy, of Aulander, and Sarah Brittney Rose of Murfreesboro; 5 great grandchildren, Kelly Nicole Thagard and Michael Preston Thagard of Beaufort, William Thomas Lewter, Jr. and wife, Emily of Dunnellon, Florida; Kristin Brooke Outland and Katelin Leigh Outland of Aulander; and 1 great-great granddaughter, Autumn Elyce Lewter of Dunnelan, Fla; 3 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren. 

A Visitation will be held Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7:00 until 8:30 P.M. at Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc., 605 West Main Street, Conway, NC and a  Funeral Service for Mr. Johnson will be on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 3:00  P.M. in Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, NC with Rev. Lee Canipe  presiding.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Murfreesboro.  Anyone  wishing to share a Memorial Gift, please do so to Hertford/Gates County Relay  for Life or Murfreesboro Baptist Church.

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also published in The Daily Herald & Roanoke-Chowan News Herald



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  1. I didn’t know Mr. Johnson but I wanted share our condolences to the family and friends, May a Veteran and Checker enthusiast Rest in Peace ..Thanx to JR Smith NC Checkers ….

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