JOHNSON, James W., Sr.
James W. Johnson Sr., 86 of Canton, Ga, passed away at his Kentucky farm on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. James is survived by: four children, Son, Jimmy (Jane) Johnson; Daughters, Marcia Johnson, Joy Johnson and Trish Martin; three Grandchildren, Kim (Latrice) Johnson, Amy (Larry) Massey and Nathan Martin; and two great-grandchildren, Atherton and Aughton Massey and long time companion Carol Summerour. James is also survived by 4 brothers and 4 sisters as well as many loving extended family. James owned and operated Johnson’s Sawmill for many years in the Avery/Macedonia community. He bred and raised horses, mules and cattle. James was chosen by the state of Georgia to be one of the mule teams to deliver gold from Dahlonega, Georgia to Atlanta to replate the dome at the Georgia State Capitol. For many years James was invited to participate in the Atlanta 4th of July parade with his mules pulling the old horse drawn MARTA bus. After major storms in the Atlanta area, James was called to remove downed timber and debris with his team of mules instead of heavy machinery so as to not disturb the natural landscape. James continued to raise cattle and owned horses and carriages at his farms in both Searcey, Arkansas and most recently in Monticello, Kentucky. In his lifetime, James also invested in many real estate properties in Georgia, Arkansas and Kentucky. Visitation will be at Darby Funeral Home from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Friday August 2 and from 12:00-2:00PM on Saturday August 3. Funeral services for James will be at the Darby Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00PM on Saturday August 3rd. James will be laid to rest next to his son Charles at Ponder’s Cemetery in the Buffington community. The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.