William "Billy" C. Johnson

Friday, August 6, 1954 - Thursday, August 12, 2021

Always Remembered

Photo of William "Billy" C. Johnson  - 1954-2021

Canton- William “Billy” Carlton Johnson, age 67, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Billy was born August 6, 1954 in Haywood County where he had made his home all of his life.  He retired from Evergreen Paper with 33 years of dedicated service and was a Champion Old Timer.  Billy was a skilled welder and indeed a man with many talents. He could construct and fix anything that came his way to be repaired. His passion was his love of cars and he will be remembered for being a part of the “Black Car Gang” in Canton during his younger years. Billy was blessed with a multitude of friends. His friendly personality, his unforgettable smile, and his special way of striking up a conversation were truly gifts. Summers spent at Lake Chatuge were wonderful and happy times for Billy and his family. He was a man deeply loved by everyone. Our joys are greater and our lives are fuller because we were blessed to have Billy. He may be gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Johnson; and his beloved daughter, Kendra Johnson.

Surviving are his loving wife of 33 years, Brenda Styles Johnson; his mother, Sandra Scott Johnson of Canton; his children, Stacey Johnson (Lisa Parker) of Canton, David Calloway (Shelly) of Asheville; and Lisa McMinn of Asheville; grandchildren, Kelcey Fields and Cole Rivers; great-grandchildren, Thiea Fields, Mason Rivers, and Barrett Fields; his sister, Kim Jackson (David Cutshall) of Canton; his brother, Kelly Johnson (Ateia) of Canton; his special nieces, Ava Johnson and Ella Johnson; his special nephew, Kane Jackson; his dedicated friend, Roger Sutton of Canton; also Billy’s little Chihuahua, Molly.

A funeral service to honor and remember Billy will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, August 16, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Chris Willett will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Old Clyde Road. Serving as pallbearers will be, Roger Sutton, Steve Edwards, Joe Robinson,Brad Messer,Doug Farmer, Mike Shook,Roy Campbell and Keith Warren. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Church, David Hannah,Gene Carver, Perry McClure, Bobby Justice,Jerry McCracken,George Foster and members of the Canton Fire Department where Billy was a member, 

Memorials may be made in Billy’s memory to one’s favorite charity.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Johnson family.

The live stream of the service for Billy Johnson may be viewed here.



Condolences from family and friends

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
Jeff and Karen Clark
Our deepest sympathy to you all.the family of Frances Mease
Betty jo ruff
Sandra, So sorry for your loss. My love and prayers are with you. Love
Julia Clark
Praying for family and friends through this difficult time. I have such fond memories of growing up with Billy as a neighbor, classmate, and friend. He will live on in our memories.
Rhonda Lear
My sincere condolences to your dear family.
Lisa Devlin Patten
Brenda, I am so sorry for the loss of Billy. May God give you the strength and courage to face each day. May peace fill your heart and the Lord gives you the comfort you need. With Deepest Condolences, Cheryl
Cheryl McFalls Summey
So sorry for your loss praying for your comfort.
Billy&Dana Burnette
Family I am so sorry for your loss . Thinking of everyone at this sad time. Billy was a very dear friend and he will be missed !! Love to all the family
Carolyn Sutton
Brenda and family my thoughts and prayers are with you
Belinda Cable
Deeply sorry Billy was a great friend probably 60 years, prayers for the entire family.
Brad Messer
I am so very sorry! Prayers to all the family!
Kathy Pressley
Sorry to hear of Billy's passing he was always a friendly guy we both were in to old cars ,I have know his family for years good people,our prays are with the family.
Harold& Barbara Hannah
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.
Dennis and Ashley Jaynes Sass
Sorry to her of your loss may god comfort and bless you all we will keep you in our prayers Gail and family
Stacy rathbone
So sorry to hear about Billy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today and in the days to come.
Ricky & Gail Paxton
Billy was a good friend. Worked with him in mill and would see him at car shows. Praying for family. Gerald Stamey
Gerald Stamey
Sending our sincere sympathy to Brenda and family.. Billy was a special member of our class. Cherish your memories. With sympathy, Pisgah Class of 72
Pisgah Class of 72
Billy was my first friend; lucky me! We played in the grass, leaves and snow, down the road to the creek and through the woods together. Growing up, we enjoyed each long Summer day and every season. Walking to or from school, he carried my books. He was my hero especially the day of Granddaddy's accident and emergency; a sound of help needed and Billy was right there. Everything said about Billy is true, beautifully expressed and of course, there's so very much more ... Sending loving condolences to All the Family and Friends. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers and share your sadness. Forever Friends Billy, The Enloe and Mathews Families
Sorry for your loss you are all in my prayers
Paul Reece
We were so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. His family will be in our prayers.
Fred and Joy Brown
I've known Bill since I was a very younger child, his family lived on the next neighborhood street then moved on our street. Bill and all of his family are very good neighbor. WoW it was a shock to hear he past away .RIP Billy
Joy (West) Westphal
So sorry for the passing of BILLY,. Sandra,you are in my prayers and symathy. rENEMBERING ALL THE FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS
Judith Amos
Brenda, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Billy. We felt drawn to his warm personality and always enjoyed his company and conversations. May God give you comfort in the coming days, and bring to mind the loving memories you have of a life with Billy.
Tim and Michelle Field
So sorry for the loss to family and friends. Billy will be greatly missed
Sandy Rector
Thoughts and prayers for the family at this sad time.
Gene and Jane Griffin
My prayers to Billy's family, I so enjoyed knowing him.
Danny King
Thank you, Billy. Thank you for always treating me with kindness and respect. For always bringing laughter and smiles and solutions to difficult times. Thank you for loving Brenda as fiercely and completely as you have on this earth. You will be so missed. Much love and prayers for the Family.
Susan Rivers
Brenda I am so sorry for the passing of Billy he was a one of a kind I will always cherish the memories of growing up at the lake and all the fun times we all had together those are things I will never forget……
Jeff Taylor