Mr. Edward Harold Johnson

October 25, 1948 – October 4, 2020

Edward Harold Johnson was born on October 25, 1948 to Rev. Edward Paul Johnson and Pauline McSpadden Johnson. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Payne, AL and grew up with his older brother Henry, his younger brother Ben, and his younger sister Linda.

He was a talented athlete in all sports he played, but he excelled in basketball. Affectionately nicknamed Easy Ed, he could easily maneuver his 6’5″ frame and became an all-state basketball player at Fort Payne High School. He continued his basketball career at Snead State upon graduation. He eventually transferred to Jacksonville State University where he earned a degree in English.

Eddy taught junior English and senior History for two years at Fyffe High School before joining a good friend in the hosiery business. He eventually co-owned Fort Payne Socks Inc for more than 25 years, selling the business and retiring in 2006. He truly cared about all of his employees and appreciated each one of them.

He enjoyed cooking, golfing, and traveling. He has played over 25 of the top 100 ranked golf courses in the world. He also cherished time with his many friends. He loved the camaraderie, insightful conversations, and the many laughs they shared.

Eddy’s greatest accomplishment was his family. He married Deborah Terrell on May 31, 1975. They have one son, Paul, and one daughter, Susan. The grandchildren started coming in 2008, and to say he was a proud grandfather is an understatement. Lynn, Lucas, Nolan, Jillian, Caroline, and little Eddy adored their Paw Paw.

He is survived by:

Wife of 45 years: Deborah Terrell Johnson

Son: Edward Paul Johnson II (Tara)

Daughter: Susan Johnson Lingg (Shayne)

Grandchildren: Deborah Lynn Johnson, Lucas Erwin Lingg, Nolan Johnson Lingg, Jillian Pauline Johnson, Caroline Marie Johnson, & Edward Shayne Lingg

Brothers: Henry Johnson & Ben Johnson (Anna)

Sister: Linda Johnson Ramage

Several Nieces & Nephews

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Rev. Edward Paul Johnson & Pauline McSpadden Johnson

Brother-in-law: Ray Ramage

Pallbearers: Henry Johnson, Ben Johnson, James O’Shields, S.E. Baugh, Jimmy Bailey, Matt Guice, & Pete Ramage



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Date of Funeral: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Funeral Location: Graveside Service at Fischer Cemetery

Funeral Time: 11:00 AM

Officiating: Rev. Will Ramage


Date of Burial: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Burial Location: Fischer Cemetery

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8 entries.
Doris Day wrote on October 17, 2020 at 8:07 pm
Debbie and Family,
I just learned of Eddy,s passing.
I have loved all of the Johnson family since childhood, when E. Paul first served McNutt UMC.
I am truly sorry for your loss, my heart aches as a part of my childhood has passed.
Sincere sympathy to all of you.
Mike Gilbreath from Fort Payne wrote on October 9, 2020 at 12:15 am
Eddy and I were really close back in the day. Played golf and on the same fast pitch ball team several years. Got to see him again several weeks back at farmers market. Remember him having cancer in his throat and visiting him in old Dekalb General. A good friend.
Joyce Bynum from Fort Payne Al. wrote on October 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm
My Very Deepest Condolences To The Family.I Am So Sorry For Your Loss.Love You All
Denny Oliver from Aberdeen, Mississippi wrote on October 7, 2020 at 12:08 am
So sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. Prayers and my sympathy to the family. I grew up with the Johnson family in Fort Payne and still have close friends and a lot of memories
Janet Hartline from Fort Payne wrote on October 6, 2020 at 3:48 pm
Eddie was so fun to be around, great sense of humor and that dry wit. He was also extremely smart and great basket ball player. He was always very nice to me.
Rickey Etherton from Sylvania wrote on October 6, 2020 at 9:46 am
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Robbie Niedergall from Cartersville wrote on October 6, 2020 at 12:45 am
Paul - sorry for you and your families loss. My condolences
Tommy Hicks from Ft Payne wrote on October 5, 2020 at 8:07 pm
Eddy was a good friend! We had a lot of good times playing basketball, golf and traveling together! Eddy was a great gourmet chief and anything he cooked was excellent. Eddy also was a great high school basketball 🏀 player and went on to play in college!
Eddy loved playing different golf courses around the world and most times he would make all the arrangements!
But most of all Eddy loved his family and would talk about all of them a lot!
Eddy will be greatly missed!

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