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Debra Johnson, age 62, of Tansi Village, St. Helena Island, SC passed away peacefully January 6, 2019.

Born in Newfoundland, Canada she was the only child of the late Bill & Joyce Evans.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Alvin “Red” Johnson, her loving son Alan (DeAnne) Johnson, and her beloved grandchildren Noah & Kaney Belle Johnson.

Debra retired from the United Parcel Service in Augusta, GA then received her realtor license where she served the South Carolina Lowcountry for 15 years, earning the Realtor of Year Award. For the last 10 years, she was employed at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) holding many positions, most currently serving as the Special Projects Manager. She was also enrolled as a student in the Bachelor of Science in Communications program at USCB.

Debra enjoyed being involved in her community, serving as past president of the Zonta Club of Beaufort where she participated in many projects raising monies for local charities and spent many years serving on the Board of Directors for Tansi Village. She was a classy lady, an accomplished fisherwoman, an amazing cook, golfer, sci-fi fanatic, and creator of USCB’s Family Fund Girl.

To know our MiMi was to love her immediately and she spent her life loving others unconditionally, especially her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to USCB’s Family Fund.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Copeland Funeral Service – One Copeland Drive, Beaufort, South Carolina.

The funeral for Debra will be private.

Online Condolences

  1. Verna Scott says:

    Writing this with a heavy heart. I knew Deb the years we had together in real estate. I considered Deb and Red good friends. Spent some fun times together. To the family I am praying for Friends to comfort you, memories to strengthen you, and love to bring you peace. May God Bless you always. Love, Verna Scott

  2. Holly Smith says:

    My heart goes out to the Johnson Family. You are all my prayers!

  3. Kelly McCombs says:

    Sincere condolences and hugs to Mr Red, AJ, DeAnne, Noah, Kaney and all of the family. Deb’s spirit continues in us all. I was fortunate to call her friend.

  4. Tommy & Judy Martin says:

    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are. Prayers for all for strength and peace. May God’s love make your grief bearable.

  5. Dennis & Maxine Darnell says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Debra. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jean Cafeteiro says:

    Dear Debra
    Hi l will miss you and your husband Red. You are a great girl with a lot of laughs we needed to share. I’ll never forget how I received the dishes from you.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Joanne Doherty & Larry Howarth says:

    Red & Family
    Our hearts are aching for the grief you are feeling. We will always remember the fun, laughter and kindness of Deb. She lit up every room she was in. You are in our thoughts and prayers and Deb will always be in our hearts.

  8. Robyn Veal says:

    Dear Red,
    Joey and I were so sorry to hear the news about Debbie. We are heartbroken for you. Both of you were so kind to us when we visited Tansi, and we will miss her very much. Sending you our love and prayers.

  9. Billy and Pamela Lott says:

    Red and Family, Thinking and Praying for Comfort, She was a Great Lady and will be missed. Love and Prayers. Billy and Pamela Lott

  10. Kimberlee Williams says:

    We are here with heavy hearts, though knowing yours is now free, filled with God’s Light and Love. Grateful and Blessed are us whom had the privilege to have been touched by your gracious friendships and loving kindness. Always a lady and completely kind. A beautiful soul is an eternal positive source to all whom has been touched by them. May God’s unfailing grace and peace surround each of the family as you each lean into him and one another. I will lift you all to God’s ear in my prayers through this challenging time. With Love Kimberlee

  11. Chris & Beverly Lloyd says:

    Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. Debra will always have a special place in our hearts because of her we met and married a year and a half later. We will always remember Debra for her love for friends, family and community. She had a special zest for life and was always smiling! We know how much she loved her “Red Man” too. In Debra’s words,

    Love, Love

    Chris and Bev

  12. Chris Goodman says:

    Dear “Red” and Family, You are in our Heart and Prayers during this time of great loss. Debra and I spent lots of time together during our Zonta Days, what a friendship we had, our conference trip to Melbourne, Florida was just the greatest. She was the most wonderful “Lady” to know. Hugs to You, your Family and the GrandChildren. May God wrap his loving arms around you tight to carry you through this loss. Love to You! Chris Goodman

  13. Chris and Carol Fair says:

    To Red and the Johnson family, We just learned of Debbie’s passing yesterday evening. She was a very special person and will be missed by so many. Carol and I have fond memories of first getting to know you both when we got our place in Tansi Village. Y’all were always there to help us when needed, and we very much enjoyed the many, many get togethers you guys hosted over the years. They were so much fun. I also enjoyed serving with both of you on the Tansi board of directors. You two contributed so much to the village.
    With Love and Prayers, Chris and Carol Fair

  14. Carol Scoggins says:

    Red, we have just learned of Debbie’s passing from someone who used to work for you in Augusta.
    We are shocked and saddened for your loss. I will always remember Deb and “The Royal Butt Sisters” I still have the picture. She was a lovely person. Our condolences to you and the family and may God Bless you during this difficult time. Prayers for you!
    Mickey & Carol

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