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John Hamilton Johnson, 69, Graphic Artist for GPB

Obituary: He died New Year's Eve following a long illness.

John Hamilton Johnson, 69, died at Emory Hospital on December 31, 2013, following a long illness. His parents, H.T. and Mary Johnson, preceded him in death. 

A graduate of Clarkston High School and the Atlanta College of Art, Johnny worked for more than 30 years at Georgia Public Broadcasting as a graphic artist, beginning as an illustrator and animator and later pioneering GPB’s computer graphics. Also a professional photographer and fine artist, Johnny’s silk screens are displayed in homes and businesses throughout the United States. After retirement from GPB, restoring antique photographs became his passion.

All who met Johnny knew him as an extraordinarily gentle man, but he also had a dark and dry sense of humor. He loved Wagner and the Rolling Stones, and he had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of train wrecks.

He leaves behind many who loved him including his uncle, Clifford Johnson, his aunt, Dorothy George Phillips, and a host of cousins and close friends.

Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Snellville, will host visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2014, and the funeral at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, with burial to follow at Luxomni Cemetery, Lilburn, Ga.  Condolences may be viewed or sent to www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company” Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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