Col. John “Dave” David Johnson, Retired

March 16, 1945 - August 20, 2021
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Northwest
6710 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29611
864-294-6415 | Map
Wednesday 8/25, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Northwest Chapel
6710 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29611
(864) 294-6415 | Map
Wednesday 8/25, 1:30 pm
Graceland Cemetery West
4814 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29611
Wednesday 8/25

Colonel John David “Dave” Johnson, Retired Chaplain, 76, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 20, 2021, following an extended battle with cancer. His wife of 45 years, Rita Porter Johnson, and his beloved cocker spaniels, London and Lizabeth, were by his side. He was predeceased by his father and mother, the ReverendContinue Reading

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Lisa Nicholson Mickler left a message on December 22, 2021:
Rita, I was doing some Ancestry research and stumbled upon Dave's obituary. I am so very sorry! He was such an awesome guy. He was my pastor and Herb Tyson and my wedding. He was the pastor at Grandmother Cile's funeral. I remember his smile and laugh. I moved back to South Carolina, in Duncan. I don't want to put my phone number here, so please email me with your phone number so we can talk. Again, so very sorry. Lisa lisamickler1972 @
Theron McCants left a message on October 6, 2021:
So sorry to hear about Dave...he was one of the best and I regret not staying in touch! I attended NGU because of Dave and he was very helpful. When he left NGU, I put him in touch with Doyle Kay of Easley and that is how he got into counseling with SC Probation, Pardon & Parole Services.
Crista & Donna kirby left a message on September 14, 2021:
So sorry for your loss. We will miss him! We loved seeing you guys when you brought London and Lizabeth in for grooming. ? you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Melody Johnson left a message on August 27, 2021:
Aunt Rtia, This was such a beautiful service. I am so sorry I couldn't be there. You are in my prayers. -Melody Johnson
Debbie Turner left a message on August 25, 2021:
I was so sorry to hear about Dave. He was a very kind person and I know you all will miss him terribly, but he is no longer suffering. I pray for peace for you, Rita, and your family.
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Terry Estes left a message on August 25, 2021:
In memory of Col. John “Dave” David Johnson, Retired, Terry Estes lit a candle
Lawrence Dennis left a message on August 25, 2021:
I served as a Chaplain with Dave in the SCARNG. He was always encouraging to me by his advice and humor. We were both SBC endorsed. We played golf a few times and shared many times of fellowship in Christ. I enjoyed our phone conversations after he retired. I will miss him. CH (COL) Lawrence Dennis
Kellyn Rowland left a message on August 24, 2021:
Rita, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I’m truly sorry for your loss. I never met Dave but I felt like I knew him through all the kind words you spoke about him every time we spoke at Tj Maxx. All my love, Kellyn
Cathy Gilstrap left a message on August 23, 2021:
Dave was such a nice man. I met him years ago when I worked with his wife Rita at the Hallmark Store in Easley. Rita was so proud of him and he was so proud of her. I could always tell how much they loved and cared for each other just by talking to them. Praying for you Rita as you continue without Dave just cherish all the good memories that you two shared and he is with the Lord now and healed of all his pain. Love you
Jimmy Batson left a message on August 23, 2021:
I was very blessed to have worked with Dave for many years at probation in Greenville. He was a great counselor, servant of the Lord and a great patriot of our country. Blessings to all the family. JB
Jimmy & Linda Ray left a message on August 23, 2021:
Rita & family. Please accept our sympathy in the death of David. We are so sorry to learn of this. God bless you as you adjust in the coming days.
Cathy Gilstrap left a message on August 23, 2021:
In memory of (Col. Ret) John “Dave” David Johnson, Cathy Gilstrap lit a candle
Karon Martin left a message on August 23, 2021:
My heart is broken losing Uncle Dave. I am happy knowing he is with the Lord he served so well and with Granddaddy and Grandmother as well as many others. He has been a tremendous help and comfort to me especially the last number of years. He loved helping others and will be dearly missed.
Crystal and Brent Gentry left a message on August 22, 2021:
We will miss your company at the backyard fence Dave…. I know you will make heaven a more beautiful place with your gardening skills. I will talk to London and Elizabeth when they are outside. And know we will watch over Rita for you too! We will miss you….. rest my friend, your battle has been won!
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