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Alvin “Red” Johnson, 80, of Tansi Village, St Helena Island, South Carolina, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019.

He was born January 16, 1939 to the late Marion and Birdie Johnson in Evans, Georgia and had a lifelong love of the outdoors. He served honorably in the United States National Guard and was a member of the UA Local 150 Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union having owned and operated several plumbing companies. Red could often be found fishing, golfing, landscaping, cooking and catering events, or celebrating life with family and friends. He was a true Southern gentleman, lived everyday to the fullest, and adored being a Papa.

He is survived by his son, Alan (DeAnne) Johnson, grandson Noah and granddaughter Kaney Belle of St. Helena, brothers Ronnie (Tammy) Johnson, Houston, Texas, Pat (Paula) Johnson, Murphy, North Carolina, sisters Maxine Parnell and Ann Gay, Augusta, Georgia. He was preceded in death by a beloved son Brian and wife Debra Johnson.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock, Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive, Beaufort, South Carolina.

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  1. Mary Mead says:

    AJ, DeAnne and family just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Red was one of a kind and a very special friend to me, I miss you all so very much. Loved him and your family so very much. May God keep you all in in His loving arms at this time.

  2. Charles and Kim Steinmeyer says:

    Red will most certainly be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to Red’s family at this time. Prayers and love.

  3. Robyn & Joey Veal says:

    So very sorry to hear this news. Red was the first person I met at Tansi and the kindest, most helpful friend to my family. He will be missed greatly. Rest easy and Godspeed.

  4. Christopher D Fair says:

    To Alan, Deanne, and the Johnson family, Prayers and thoughts to you all. I have always looked up to Red because he was a man of kindness, integrity, and lots of energy which he mostly used to help other people. His big personality touched many lives.The last time I talked with him after Debbie’s passing, he still ended our conversation with ” Let me know if I can help ya’ll with anything”. Always there to help. That was him. He was one of the finest men I’ve had the privilege to know. Chris and Carol Fair

  5. Dianne Porter says:

    So sorry for your loss..knew Red and Debra for 20 years, and sorry the last few weren’t pleasant. They did spend the weekend with us, and always will remember that time when it was wonderful ❤️

  6. Joanne Doherty & Larry Howarth says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Red’s family. We were so lucky to have known Red and Deb. They treated us like family and were always so welcoming during our visits to South Carolina. We have such fond memories of Thanksgiving at Tansi, golfing and an especially fun trip to Saint Simon.
    We will definitely remember Red as a gentleman, always perfectly dressed!!
    We hope the wonderful memories will be of some comfort at this time.
    Joanne & Larry from MA

  7. Jim Perrine says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family
    Red will be missed by all knew him
    Love and prayers
    Jim and Patricia Perrine
    Kingwood TX

  8. Chris & Beverly Lloyd says:

    Love and prayers to Alan and family. We know Red will be missed by many. Your wonderful memories will bring comfort to your family – he is with his beloved Debra now!!

  9. Chris and Vivian Johnson says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Red’s passing. Red, Deb and the entire family always treated us so well when we were down visiting on the Island. Red and Deb were the picture of a loving couple. Praying for the entire family. The Johnson’s will be dearly missed!

  10. Davey McGill says:

    I was really shocked and hurt to hear about Mr. Reds passing. He was such a good friend but I lost touch with him after retiring from the plumbing business. He took me to my first and only NASCAR race in Daytona and we enjoyed many rounds of golf together. I will surely miss him and all of his very kind ways. My thoughts and prayers will continue for his family.

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