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Darryll Clark Johnson

December 11, 1935 - April 21, 2020

Darryll Clark Johnson, 84, left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior on April 21, 2020. Darryll was born in Hickory, North Carolina to the late Boyd and Bessie Julian Johnson. He met the love of his life Mary and they were married in 1954. They were together for 66 years of love, joy, and companionship.

Darryll was a veteran, having served in the U. S. Navy as a Telecommunications Officer for over 20 years. During his career he served in Japan, California, Puerto Rico, and finally Norfolk. He served on five U. S. Navy ships; the USS Hornet, USS Concord, USS Springfield, USS Pocono, and the USS Randolph. He served on the USS Randolph during the Cuban Bay Missile Crisis and the recovery mission of John Glenn’s space capsule. One of Darryll’s quotes during the mission was published in the Virginian Pilot’s The Bright Stuff, Summer Series 2012 Reprint. He retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. After leaving the Navy he went on to work in Civil Service for 20 years.

Darryll loved to golf and spend time with his golfing buddies. It was an extremely proud day for him when he made a hole-in-one on Hole 16 at Bide-A-Wee golf course in Portsmouth. Darryll loved and cared about animals. He once picked a little bird up in the road because it wouldn’t move and took it to a rescue where he was told the bird had pinkeye and could not see, but could be treated. He saved its life because he cared enough to stop and help. He loved any and all kinds of technology and gadgets. He was a “Gadget Man!” Pictures were always shared on Facebook that he took at all the family events. He loved and was proud of his family.

Darryll was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and a great friend. He was kind, compassionate, loving, and a blessing to anyone who knew him. He touched so many lives in his time and he will be truly missed by all who knew him. He was precious and adorable. If you knew him, you LOVED him! Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Mary H. Johnson; son, Ricky D. Johnson and his wife Mary of Virginia Beach; daughter, Sherry Coats and her husband Raymond of Chesapeake; brother Thomas Johnson and his wife Pat of  Kannapolis, NC; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of life service with full military honors will be held at a later date at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org), the Cancer Center Foundation of Tidewater (www.ccfot.org), or a local animal shelter of one’s choice. Please express condolences to the family below.

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