Richard Davis Johnson 1928-2017

Richard Davis Johnson, of Hamilton Virginia, passed away on December 8, 2017 in the constant presence of his family. Born on October 29, 1928 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts he was the second oldest of the three children to Lillian and Turner Johnson.

Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Teresa F. Griffith and his sister Shirley and brother Terry. Surviving family includes his six children Paula Rose, Richard Johnson, Greg Johnson, Mary Frances Miller, Terri Ann Versprille and Scott Johnson and their spouses, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

After graduating high school, Richard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and eventually was assigned to the Marine Headquarters Office in Washington D.C. where he met Teresa, his wife to be. Richard commuted from Loudoun County to his civil service job in Alexandria for 37 years. He worked at the Defense Supply Agency (now Defense Logistics Agency) and was bestowed the Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon retirement in 1983.

Richard will be remembered for his keen wit, kind heart, and devotion to his family. Richard was a third generation cabinet-maker skilled in building furniture and restoring antiques. He hand-crafted many beautiful pieces throughout his lifetime which his children will cherish in his memory.

During retirement, Richard volunteered his time in Loudoun County with the Meals on Wheels program in Purcellville, VA. His significant contributions were recognized with the Volunteer of the Year award following 20 years of dedication.

Richard possessed a remarkable fondness for all animals and unabashedly spoiled the family’s pets throughout the years. He loved antiques, history, and visiting Colonial Williamsburg with his wife. Most of all, he loved his family.

Arrangements were made by Hall’s Funeral Home in Purcellville, VA. Please visit their website to express condolences to the family at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and/or Meals-on-Wheels of Loudoun in his name.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Dec 16th at 11a.m. at Halls Funeral Home.

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