Dr. William H. Johnson, Jr., former Morgan City physician and Councilman, passes away

Dr. William H. Johnson, Jr., 81, a native of Gideon, Missouri and a resident of Morgan City, Louisiana passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Dr. Johnson served his community as a physician for over fifty years. He had a great compassion for his patients. Dr. Johnson graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He received his MD from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson was a member of American Board of Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was an Eagle scout and a Captain in the United States Army. Dr. Johnson served as a surgeon during the Vietnam Era at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He later served as city councilman from 1987 – 2000, serving four of those years as Mayor Pro-Tem. He was King Hephaestus XXXII. Dr. Johnson was known as “Papa” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, son and a friend to many.

Dr. Johnson is survived by his children, Sonja Choate and husband Mark, Bill Johnson and wife Robin, Connie Thomson and husband George; grandchildren, Laura Major Koelbel, Myles Taylor, Katie Major Gordon, Lindsey Johnson Nolting, Matthew Taylor, Zach Johnson, Constance Taylor; three great grandchildren, John Eric Nolting, Aidan and Avery Koelbel; sister, Carolyn Johnson Dell.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ann Russo Johnson; parents, Houston and Cansada Johnson; sister, Camille Johnson Wilson; grandson, Dustin Taylor.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 9am – 11am. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Morgan City Cemetery.

Hargrave Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.