Cecil Johnson, Jr.

Cecil Stafford Johnson, Jr.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 1932 - Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Cecil Stafford Johnson, Jr, age 87, of Salem died peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 12, 2019. His death was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Johnson was born on Tuesday, August 23, 1932, in Williamson, WV, to the late Eleanor Eaton Johnson and Cecil S. Johnson, Sr.
Mr. Johnson served in the US Army, January 1951 – January 1954. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and in Karlsruhe, Germany as a Sergeant 1st Class, 109 Engineering Battalion, 7th Army. Mr. Johnson served the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia as a uniformed member of the Virginia State Police, November 1954 - September 1987. He served as a Trooper in Bath and Amherst counties, as a Sergeant and Lieutenant at the State Police training academy in Richmond, as a Lieutenant at 4th Division headquarters in Wytheville, as a Captain at 6th Division headquarters in Salem and 3rd Division headquarters in Appomattox, and as a Major at the State Police headquarters in Richmond. His education included the Miller School of Albemarle, the FBI National Academy, the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, and the University of Maryland. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church, the Masons, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Julius R. Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy Fitzgerald Johnson; his sons, Michael Johnson and wife, Connie, Daniel Johnson, and Paul Johnson; daughter, Doris Douthett and husband, Dave; granddaughter, Devon Douthett; and grandsons, Christopher Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson, and Bryan Johnson; and brother, Donald W. Johnson.
A funeral service to celebrate his life will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va. with Rev. Tom Clark and Rev. Dr. Heath Rickmond officiating. The interment will be held privately.
Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 p.m. until the hour of the service at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
Mr. Johnson’s final days were made comfortable by the outstanding care provided by Kathy Carson; and the staff at Good Samaritan Hospice, especially, Jayme Welly, Venessa Stosser, Alice Stump, Melissa Saunders, and Tammy Jaffe.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in remembrance of Mr. Johnson to; Virginia State Police Association,; Good Samaritan Hospice,, or Salem Baptist Church Mission Programs, 103 N. Broad St. Salem, Va. 24153.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 3:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Tom Clark
    Rev. Dr. Heath Rickmond


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David Douthett

Posted at 08:30am
From Douthetts Time can not make up for what I have missed my remembering thoughts will stay with me as remembrance
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Darrel E. Stilwell, VSP, Retired

Posted at 05:05pm
My condolences are extended to the family of Major Johnson. He was one of the first State Police Sergeants I met when I reported to the State Police Academy in 1966 . I soon learned to respect and admire him there at the Academy and that respect for him has remained through the years. May God bless and comfort his family during this time of Loss and through the healing process.

Donald and Sherry Aspinwall

Posted at 12:01pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Harry M Durham

Posted at 09:37am
My condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with him at the Virginia State Police.
Harry M Durham, VSP Retired

Dave & Lori Volz and family

Posted at 04:39pm
Sending prayers and our deepest sympathy Love,
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