Clyde Luther Johnson, Sr

Clyde Luther Johnson, Sr., 81, of Statesville, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Iredell County on November 23, 1932 to the late Ralph Johnson and Elsie Mayberry Moose.

Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Iredell County Schools and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  He married Ida Sue Huie Johnson on July 20, 1958 and they enjoyed over 54 years of marriage before her passing on May 5, 2013.  He continued his education at Davidson Community College and the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a retired officer with the City of Statesville Police Department following 33 years of service and was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves for 30 years.  After his retirement from the Statesville Police Department, he worked for Wal-Mart for 15 years.  He was a member of Statesville Friends Church and he also attended Western Avenue Baptist Church.  Mr. Johnson was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed fixing things, spending time with his grandkids, photography, gardening, and remembering historic events with pictures out of the past.  He enjoyed having breakfast on Thursdays with a group of retired law enforcement at Corrine’s Café in Mooresville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by a brother, Brady H. Johnson and a sister, Lillian Louise Johnson.

Mr. Johnson is survived by a son, Dr. Clyde Luther Johnson Jr. (Susan) of Richmond, VA; a daughter, Susan Kim Mandigo (Brian), of Statesville, NC; two grandsons, Nicholas Allen Coombes (Brandy) of Statesville and Drew Johnson Coombes (Veronica) of Wilmington, NC; five granddaughters, Autumn Coombes Mahaffey (Michael) of Union Grove, NC, Lacy Mandigo of Statesville, NC, Shelby Hayes, April Hayes, and Jamie Hayes, all of Richmond, Va.  He is further survived by two brothers, Harold C. Johnson, and C.O. “Jap” Johnson (Carol), a great grandson, Lucas Coombes; and a great granddaughter, Alyssa Coombes, all of Statesville.

Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will be 1:00PM Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Winthrop Friends Meeting with Rev. Harold Salmons and Rev. Skip Cartin officiating.  Burial with full military honors provided by the Iredell County Veterans Burial Detail will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will visit with friends Friday evening, January 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Nicholson Funeral Home.  Active pallbearers will be members of the Statesville Police Department.

Memorials may be made to Winthrop Friends Meeting, 262 Winthrop Road, Harmony, NC 28634.  Online condolences may be made to the family at and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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10 Responses to Clyde Luther Johnson, Sr

  1. Steve Johnson says:

    Kim, so sorry about your dad. May cherished memories comfort you and give you strength in this time of sorrow.

  2. Linda Taylor says:

    Clyde Jr. and sister Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I always thought a lot of your parents and you kids. I know it is hard losing them both so close together. Could not get to the visitation or funeral regretfully but you have been in my thoughts. You were blessed with wonderful parents and had them for a long time. May they rest in peace, together. Wish I could have seen you. Linda Taylor [Lee and Lane’s mom]

  3. Pat Moore says:

    Dear family – I was so sad to read about Luther. I’ve know your family for most of my life and you have always been special to me. Love, Pat

  4. George & Kathy Dowdle says:

    Dear Kim and Junior, We were so sorry to hear of Luther’s death. This had been a difficult year for you. Your dad was such a good neighbor, friend and a very serious Rook player for many years. When we think of the four of you it is with sweet and many memories. You took us in as family from the day we moved to Statesville and was always there for us. Please know that he is back with your mom and is happy again. Your parents were so very proud of you all.
    We were planning on coming to the service but George has the flu. You and the whole family are in our prayers.
    Our Love, George & Kathy

  5. David Mechuta says:

    Clyde, Kim, & Extended Johnson Family
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With the loss of both Sue & Luther within a very short time, know that they are once again together.
    Love Dave, Laurie, Nicole, & Lindsey Mechuta

  6. Dear Clyde, our deepest condolences/sympathy to you and your Family. Your Father will be in our prayers. Thank you for being a great Friend. Jean/Ed.

  7. Mr & Mrs Edward Mechuta 10597 Greenway Drv Fishers In 46037 says:

    Clyde, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Our prayers will be offered up for your Father. Thank you for being our Friend. Jean/Ed

  8. Tammy Aiken Hall says:

    Hey Kim, I am sorry for the loss of you father. I do how hard it is. I have lost both parents. I will pray for you and your family. Take care.

    Sincerely, Tammy Aiken Hall

  9. Lori Overcash says:

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Lori Overcash

  10. Clarence Poole says:

    Jap, & other family members, I’m sorry to read of Clyde’s death. I am out of town and will be unable to attend the services, But will keep you in my thoughts & Prayers
    Clarence Poole

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