In Memorium

Donald Wayne Johnson

Born: December 30, 1936
Ward Four, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana

Deceased: November 15, 2004
Contributor, Friend and Mentor to the USGenWeb Louisiana Archives
St. Helena Parish Coordinator 1998 - 2004
Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He shall be missed.

Published in The Advocate on 11/16/2004.

JOHNSON, DONALD W. Donald W. Johnson, 67, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge. A memorial service will be held at the Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church, Hungarian Settlement, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Obit from the Hammond Daily Star, Nov. 18, 2004


HOLDEN -- Donald Wayne Johnson, 68, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, at Our
Lady of The Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge.

Born in Ward Four of St. Helena Parish, he was retired from Georgia
Pacific Paper Mill in Port Hudson.

He was a member of Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church where he was an
elder clerk of session. He was also a member of the Hungarian Settlement
Historical Society, the Edward Livingston Historical Society, the St.
Helena Historical Society, the Sons & Daughters of West Florida Society
and the USGen Web-Louisian and the St. Helena Archives.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Fay King Johnson of Holden; a son,
Russell Keith Johnson; one daughter, Gwenna Marie Johnson; three
grandchildren; and three brothers, Carl Ray, William Davis and Sidney
Earl Johnson.

His parents, Luther N. and Bertie Bell Davis Johnson, preceded him in death.

The Rev. Stephen Sanders will conduct a memorial Saturday at Hungarian
Presbyterian Church, Albany, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albany Hungarian
Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 119, Albany, LA. 70711.

Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs, is in charge.

Memories of Don

17 Nov 2004
I think I have known Don Johnson for about as long as I have been the
archives manager for Tangipahoa Parish. He was my biggest contributor,
my biggest supporter, and sometimes my biggest advice giver, whether or
not the advice was wanted. But I always knew that he wanted the best for
the USgenweb project, and would try to do what was needed to make that
happen. He and I would meet on my visits to family in Louisiana (I live
in Massachusetts) and most of the time I would end up carrying home a
pile of contributions he had collected for me to get online. My personal
vision of Don didn't even come close to reality when I met him for the
first time. He was tall with long hair back in a pony tail, and wore
more jewelry than I did. Not your typical retired gentleman. When he
was diagnosed with the cancer this year, I could tell he deeply regretted
giving up all the work he had been doing for the archives. He did manage
to support St. Helena to the very end. We lost a good man this week, and
I for one will miss him.


--- Sandy McLellan
16 Nov 2004
Within the Louisiana Archives and the USGenWeb, Don's name
will always be a synonymous with kindness, helpfulness, and the energy and
drive to help many of us (myself included) to build the archives on a
parish, state and national level to what it is today.

One incident in particular was when Don contacted me to help a lady in SC
searching for the gravesite and family of "George Branch". Between Don and
myself, we located not only the gravesite but George Branch's mother and
sister. Sandy R. (the lady from SC) made a trip to Louisiana. I was able
to meet her in Many, but Don was unable to join us. Due to Don though,
Sandy and I forged a friendship that is still continued today.

Louisiana State File Manager
--- Jo (Castleberry) Branch

This page was created 19 Nov 2004 in memory of DWJ by bjcb with the assistance of sm