ALBANY -- David E. Johnson, MD, 61, of Albany, GA died Sunday, October 21, 2012 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2:00 PM at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Nancy Scarbrough will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM in the parlor at Porterfield.

David was born in Akron, OH and grew up in Shelby, NC. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1969 and joined the United States Navy, where he served during the Vietnam War and was discharged in 1975.

David graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC in 1978 and graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC in 1984. Following a residency and fellowship in Pediatrics at Bowman Gray, David moved his family to Albany, GA twenty years ago. He began practicing medicine at the Albany Area Primary Health Care and then joined the Albany Pediatrics Practice.

David was a member of the Episcopal Church, was an active member of the Mid Georgia Miata Club in Warner Robins, GA and loved animals. He dedicated his life to caring for the children of Southwest Georgia.

Survivors include his wife, La Vern Johnson of Albany, GA, two sons, Daniel Johnson and his wife, Peggy of Albany, GA, and Douglas Johnson of Panama City, FL, his mother, Vivien Edgertown of Cornelius, NC, his step-mother, Mary Johnson of Panama City Beach, FL, three brothers, Mark Johnson of Cornelius, NC, Erick Johnson and Ben Johnson and his wife, Katy all of Panama City, FL, a sister, Jennifer Johnson of Cornelius, NC, his mother-in-law, Nadine Oldham of Albany, GA, four nieces, Mai Johnson of Cornelius, NC and Reese Johnson and Riley-Kate Johnson both of Panama City, FL and Jessica Shelton of Melbourne, FL, a nephew, Michael Shelton of Kingman, AZ, a brother-in-law, William Shelton of Kingman, AZ and his aunt and uncle, Bob and Barbara Jones of Akron, OH and their children, Lynda, Diane and Kathy. David was preceded in death by his father, Robert Clyde Johnson, Jr. and his brothers, Dennis Johnson and Steven Johnson.

Those desiring may make contributions to the Albany Humane Society, P.O. Box 3151, Albany, GA, 31706.

To sign our online registry or to send condolences to the family, you may visit Mathews' website at

Mathews Funeral Home

Albany 229/435-5657


birdiebirdie 2 years ago

can anybody give me some details about Dr. Johnson's passing? My 7 year ond daughter adored him and just saw him a few weeks ago. She bear Hugged him when I was checking out at the desk.


birdiebirdie 2 years ago

does anyone have any info on the death of Dr. Johnson? If so, please share them. My 7 year old just adored him.


momsboy 1 year, 12 months ago

I believe he took his own life. May God be with him a dn his loved well as the children he helped.


birdiebirdie 1 year, 12 months ago

ah ha. That is what I "heard" too. But I know how rumors get started and I don't want to be participant in such. So that's why I was hoping someone would know the facts and share them. Thanks for your post momsboy.


marlo09 1 year, 12 months ago

I am so sad to hear do I tell my son..We were both very fond of Doctor J. for 14 years he has cared for my son..the best care ever..We always let him know that if it needed fixing he was the one to do it..I was just there and no one said a word..Only that he wasnt there that day.. I miss you Dr.Johnson. We miss you.


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