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“Tommy, your dad is smiling down...no doubt proud of the man you have become. Truly an honor to shake his hand, provide venison to, and just to speak...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Scott Hammond - Cottageville, SC

“Dear Betsy and Tommy, Tom was a wonderful person and dear friend. We will miss him greatly. The Traveling Sig get-togethers were always great...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jimmy and Ruth MORRIS JR - NC

“Betsy and TommyI was saddened to see the obituary of your husband and father. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. We will keep you...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Carolyn Sires OBrien - SC

“Tom was a wonderful master and dog dad. He will be forever loved and missed! We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. With love from Jessi...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jessi - Friend

“I just heard of Tom's passing, and I am so sorry. I will always remember eating fresh caught crabs with the two of you on your porch overlooking the...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Rourk - Friend

“I remember many times ' in the garden', cleaning up the churchyard on Saturdays until I was unable. Pleasant times with a real Southern Gentleman. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Karen McCalpin - MI - Friend

“Mr. Johnson, was such a great gentleman and friend! I'll never forget the fun times when he organized a fund raiser golf tournament for several...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Gary Crossley - Charleston, SC

“Allen, the girls and I are so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. You and Tommy are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, the Ayers family ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Jackie Ayers - Charleston, SC


Thomas Chinnis Johnson, 91, of Charleston, SC, husband of Betsy Johnson entered into eternal rest Friday, March 13, 2020. His service will be held on Monday March 16, 2020, 3:00 pm, at Old St. Andrew's Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road. Burial will follow in the churchyard. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

Tom was born May 1, 1928 in Charleston, SC, the son of the late Thomas Chinnis Johnson and Eleida Tumbleston Johnson. He grew up in Savannah, GA, and graduated from the University of Georgia, where Tom was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He served in the United States Army.

Tom then went to work for International Harvester and eventually owned his own dealership in Sylvania, GA, before moving to Columbia, SC. There he owned a John Deere Industrial dealership and eventually worked for Burton International.When he retired in 1990 he was the General Sales Manager for Sir Walter Chevrolet in Raleigh, NC.

Upon retirement he, Betsy and Tommy came back to the lowcountry. He was never happier than when he was on the water fishing, shrimping, crabbing and gigging.A member of Old St. Andrew's Parish Church, he and Betsy worked on many church projects including the church's graveyard restoration. One of the highlights of his retirement was reuniting with his fraternity brothers and their wives, forming the "Traveling Sigs", organizing trips with them for 23 years and spending many hours on family genealogy.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betsy and son Tommy.

In lieu of flowers Tom's wish was for everyone to lend a helping hand to someone in need.