Thomas Johnson

Obituary of Thomas H. Johnson

Thomas H. Johnson (Tommy) died on Monday, June 29, 2020 at home from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

Tommy was born in Woodruff, SC on Friday, August 4, 1939, to parents Howard (Bee) S. Johnson and Caroleen Littlefield Johnson.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Business Administration.  He was a member of the Army National Guard and retired as 1St SGT after 32 years of service. He married Marty Rentz Johnson in May 1973.

He is survived by his daughter Stephenie Johnson.  He had two daughters from a previous marriage, Kim Johnson Pierce (deceased) and Jackie.  He is survived by: Jackie Johnson Hayes (Brian) and her children Robbie and Courtney; by Kim’s daughter Brandi Atkinson (Miles) and their son Aiden;.  by Kim’s daughter Heather McKee (John David);  father-in-law George Irby Rentz (Mary Ann Ward Robinson); his sister-in-law Lettie Ann Johnson from Gainesville, GA, his sister-in-law Mary Rentz from Columbia, SC, sister-in-law Iris Rentz from Columbia, son-in-law Alan Pierce from Greenville, SC, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Kimberly Diana Johnson Pierce, his brother, Lester L Johnson, his sister Shirley Johnson Baldwin and her husband Olin, his brother-in-law G. Michael Rentz, his mother-in-law Winifred Testard Guichard and her husband Albert (Buster).

Tommy loved his God, his family and his Country.  He was active in his church and his community all his life.  He had served as Chairman of almost every committee possible in three different churches across the country as his career took him outside of South Carolina and in West Columbia after he returned to SC in 1993.  He coached Pop Warner football, and was President of PTA while Stephenie attended school and supported Marty in her community and volunteer activities.  Tommy loved to cook and volunteered his expertise in the kitchen at every opportunity.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 3:00-5:00pm Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. The service at Fort Jackson National Cemetery will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 and is open to the public.  Those wishing to follow the hearse in the funeral procession should be at Thompson Funeral Home no later than 10:45 am on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please join our live streaming of the service via this link:  

The family requests that those wishing to give a  memorial consider making one to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 107 Westpark Blvd #150, Columbia, SC 29210 or Tommy’s church, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1201 Mohawk Dr., West Columbia, SC 29169. Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington is assisting the family.  Family and friends may sign the online guest book at

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3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Thompson Funeral Home Chapel of Lexington
4720 Augusta Road
Lexington, South Carolina, United States
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