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Mr. James "Jimmy" Lewis Johnson, Sr.
Retired NASCAR Member

DEARING, Ga. - Mr. James "Jimmy" Lewis Johnson, Sr., 70, husband of Audrey Johnson, entered into rest Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at Doctors Hospital with his family at his side.

Mr. Johnson died from complications associated with diabetes. Services were held at 4 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2008, at Starling Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson was born December 15, 1937, in Augusta (Frog Hollow) and moved to the Pea Ridge area of Dearing in 1993. He was a member of NASCAR and raced all over the southeast throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He continued to race dirt track into the 1970s and 1980s. He loved all types of racing. In the early days he raced midgets, motorcycles and hydroplane boats.

Mr. Johnson was owner of Jim's Little Body Shop on Milledgeville Road in Augusta for many years. He was a former employee of Gerald Jones Honda. He befriended many people and he never met a stranger. He enjoyed cruising the local flea markets, hunting, fishing and watching the horses on the family farm.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Thaddeus and Florence Wilfong Johnson of Augusta.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Audrey Wilkins Johnson; one son, James 'Bo'(Amanda) Johnson, Dearing; one daughter, Chere' J. (Ronnie) Caudle, Dearing; one sister Lucy Elliott (late Robert), Augusta; grandchildren, Renee H. and Jimbo Puterbaugh, Harlem, Ashley E. Klaus and Derrike R. Klaus, Dearing (and a new grandbaby due in 2009), and one great-grandchild, Liberty Puterbaugh - "Granddaddy's Little Lady."

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at Sun Trust Bank, Thomson, Georgia 30824 in memory of Jimmy Lewis Johnson.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008

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