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“Dear Greg and Elise, Susan, and Anna,I am so sorry to learn of the untimely death of Rutledge.Our thoughts and prayers are with you allDane Pierce ”
1 of 57 | Posted by: Dane Pierce - Greenville, SC

“Mike and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. We will be praying for your family. ”
2 of 57 | Posted by: Dinah and Mike Lamar - Easley, SC

“Dear Elise and Greg, my heart goes out to as you suffer the loss of you wonderful Rutledge. I taught him in 6th grade and he was an incredible...Read More »
3 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences on the loss of your son, brother and husband. My heart goes out to you all. My brother, Russell, and I were reminiscing about...Read More »
4 of 57 | Posted by: Evelyn (Wagner) Hagood - NC

“Dear Johnson Family,Dan and I were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Rutledge. Time has passed, since our paths have crossed, but we...Read More »
5 of 57 | Posted by: Dan and Carolyn Shirley - SC

“I'm very saddened to hear of Rutledge's passing. Ever the epitome of professionalism in his field, he was also a consummate gentleman! Please accept...Read More »
6 of 57 | Posted by: Jon Loprete - Summerville, SC

“Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
7 of 57 | Posted by: Jane (Baker) King - Honea Path, SC

“Dear Johnson Family,Our deepest sympathy on the passing of our dear friend and best man, Rutledge. We will always love him and we will always love y...Read More »
8 of 57 | Posted by: Patrick and Piper Milas - NJ

“ELISE, I WAS SO VERY SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF YOUR SON. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT THAT MUST BE. MAY YOUR GOOD MEMORIES AND THE GOOD...Read More »
9 of 57 | Posted by: Mary Jo Black - Loris, SC

“I will always remember Rutledge for his kindness. We went to Christ Church Episcopal School together. Rutledge was a Senior, and I was a Freshman who...Read More »
10 of 57 | Posted by: Penn Ely - Friend

“I am deeply saddened to learn of Rutledge's passing. My prayers are with his wife and family. ”
11 of 57 | Posted by: Len Young - Charleston, SC

“Dear Elise & Greg,We are thinking about you & your family during this difficult time. We have very fond memories of you all during the time we were...Read More »
12 of 57 | Posted by: Gerry & Betty King - Friend

“I remember the first time Jenny called and told me about Rutledge. Being that we have been friends for more than half our lives and my last name was...Read More »
13 of 57 | Posted by: Katelyn Rutledge - Charleston, SC

“As a mother who has lost a son, my heart aches for you. He was a graduate of Wake Forest University as a CPA -Phi Betta Kappa. He lacked one tenth of...Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: Pam Kndsen - Columbia, SC

“You are in our prayers for strength and peace ”
15 of 57 | Posted by: Van and Mandy Merchant Greenville

“To the Johnson family,I remember Rutledge from my first visit to Davidson as a prospective student--he was so incredibly friendly and warm, the...Read More »
16 of 57 | Posted by: Jaimie Matthews Francis - DC

“Elise and Greg, Carey and I have your family in our thoughts and prayers.Lucy and Carey ”
17 of 57 | Posted by: Lucy and Carey Beard - Easley, SC

“Dr. Johnson, Elise, and family, I am so heartbroken for the loss of such a special young man. You will be in my prayers now and in the future. I...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: Rubie Tisdale - Travelers Rest

“Please accept my condolences for your loss. Rutledge was an amazing lawyer and he will be sorely missed. ”
19 of 57 | Posted by: Jenny Abbott Kitchings - Columbia, SC

“I am so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
20 of 57 | Posted by: Joy Addis Suddeth - Greenville, SC

“Prayers for peace and comfort for you all. ”
21 of 57 | Posted by: Lu Shirley - Coworker

“Elise and Greg,We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.The loss of a child never seems to be the natural order of things.We are all thinking of you...Read More »
22 of 57 | Posted by: Joe and Jean Pool - Greenville, SC

“Knowing that death is nor the end, comforts give hope and joy. "From death I will redeem them; From death I will recover them."Hosea 13:14 ”
23 of 57 | Posted by: Pernell Joseph - Columbia, SC

“Greg, Ann and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless the Johnson family. ”
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25 of 57 | Posted by: Keith Godfrey - Piedmont, SC

“My deepest sympathy to the entire family. ”
26 of 57 | Posted by: Susan Shepherd - Paris, KY

“May your Soul Rest In Peace Rutledge. You lived a full and generous life. Thanks for the GIFT of your friendship. Though your time was short, but the...Read More »
27 of 57 | Posted by: Manny Ohonme - NC - Family Friend

“So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest sympathy ”
28 of 57 | Posted by: Walter Glenn Brackin Sr. - SC

“So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest sympathy ”
29 of 57 | Posted by: Walter Glenn Brackin Sr. - SC

“We are praying for all of you. We love you and Lee will be at the service. ”
30 of 57 | Posted by: Cathy and Lee Bryant - NC

“Our RZRJprayers and sympathy go out to all of the family. May you find comfort in the years and memories shared with Rutledge ”
31 of 57 | Posted by: Jack Phillips - Davidson, NC

“Dr. Johnson and family,I am so sorry for the loss of your son, Rutledge. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. ”
32 of 57 | Posted by: Beth Ferrell - Simpsonville, SC

“My sympathies and prayers go to Rutledge's family. He was a great guy and a good man. He will be missed by all. ”
33 of 57 | Posted by: Mike Hemlepp - Columbia, SC

“Praying for all during this most difficult time. Certainly enjoyed knowing Rutledge through CCES. He had a kind heart and a smile that could light up...Read More »
34 of 57 | Posted by: Amanda and Will Parrott - SC

“Greg, I am so sorry about the passing of your son. He was a talented young man who accomplished so much in his short time on earth. My heart goes out...Read More »
35 of 57 | Posted by: Jan Kollar - Lexington, SC

“Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Rutledge lit the room...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: Judy Caldwell-Carey - Lexington, SC

“Jenny, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
37 of 57 | Posted by: Carol Fair - Charleston, SC


38 of 57 | Posted by: Gaynell Bayne - Marietta, SC

“Greg, Elise, Jenny, and Family,Please accept my deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. Having a son about the same age, I can only imagine your...Read More »
39 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Dr. Johnson and Elise....my heart is broken to hear of Rutledge's passing. He was a wonderful young man. You all are on my prayers. Randee Stewart ”
40 of 57 | Posted by: Randee Stewart - Piedmont, SC

“Praying for peace and comfort God gives to His children. Thoughts and prayers are being lifted for you and the family. ”
41 of 57 | Posted by: Martha and Wayne Hatcher - Lowrys, SC

“I am so saddened to hear about Rut's passing. I was his 1st and sophomore year adviser at Davidson. His smile, easy going manner, and the fact he got...Read More »
42 of 57 | Posted by: Karen Bernd - Mooresville, NC

“So sorry for your loss. He was an awesome man ”
43 of 57 | Posted by: Laura Church - Columbia, SC

“To all the Johnsons,So so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time.With Sympathy,Jeff ”
44 of 57 | Posted by: Jeff Wolf - Greenville, SC

“Sincere condolences to the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the...Read More »
45 of 57 | Posted by: M C

“I had the honor and privilege of playing on the defensive line with Rutledge at Davidson. His love for his alma mater was unmatched, and he was a...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: Kyle Kinsell - Atlanta, GA

“Anna, My heart is heavy and my sorrow has no voice. Know that you are in my thoughts now and in the coming days. Much love, Connie ”
47 of 57 | Posted by: Connie Miller - Berea, KY

“To Greg and family,I am so terribly sorry for the great loss of your son. It is hard to imagine such a loss. Please know that my prayers are with...Read More »
48 of 57 | Posted by: Becky Lewis Howard - Greenville, SC

“I met Rutledge when I first moved to Charleston at the Charleston School of Law. I taught him and was delighted when he later returned to the school...Read More »
49 of 57 | Posted by: Lisa Smith-Butler - Charleston, SC

“Jennifer, Greg, Elise, Susan and Anna:I know your hearts and the hearts of your family, are deeply pained and broken, over the loss of your dear...Read More »
50 of 57 | Posted by: Michael Williams - Charlotte, NC

“So sorry for your loss!!! I remember Rutledge so well from Cleveland Park! He lit up the stable! God bless you and comfort you. ”
51 of 57 | Posted by: Christine Prengaman - Farmville, VA

“Rest In Peace Rutledge! ”
52 of 57 | Posted by: Randy Knight - Trenton - Coworker

“What a wonderful young man! I loved his smile and hugs every day in fourth grade! He will be missed! ”
53 of 57 | Posted by: Denise Pearsall - Greenville, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Jenny. Your St Joseph Catholic School family has you and your family in our prayers ”
54 of 57 | Posted by: Joanne Anderson - Columbia, SC

“Our love and Prayers go out to the entire family. ”
55 of 57 | Posted by: Renee and Bobby Rinzler - Atlanta, GA

“Forever in our hearts your memory will love on ”
56 of 57 | Posted by: Jeremy Rodgers - Winchester, KY

“Rutledge is one of the all time great Wildcats and an even greater man. Please know that your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
57 of 57 | Posted by: Jamie Hendricks - Davidson, NC


James Rutledge Johnson, 35, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Jennifer "Jenny" Archer Johnson died Wednesday, January 3 after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Greenville, SC on July 29, 1982 to Dr. and Mrs. J. Greg Johnson (Elise). A graduate of Christ Church Episcopal School, Rutledge received 12 varsity letters, was All-Conference in football and baseball and was All-State in wrestling. He then went on to graduate from Davidson College where he played football and obtained a B.A. degree. After coaching at Porter Gaud, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Charleston School of Law. Then working in Columbia for the Attorney General's Office, Rutledge became a Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Most recently he was an associate of the Bell Legal Group of Georgetown and an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law.

Forever a Davidson Wildcat, Rutledge Johnson is survived by his wife, parents, two sisters: Susan and Anna Johnson, and beloved dog, Coach.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in First Baptist Church of Charleston, 48 Meeting Street at 4:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

An additional memorial service will be held later in North Litchfield, SC.