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Warner "Clifford" Johnson, Jr.

2020-11-13

Warner "Clifford" Johnson, Jr., age 84 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Riceboro, Georgia to the late Warner Clifford Johnson and Mary Folker Johnson.

Clifford attended Georgia Southern College, formerly Georgia Teachers College. He coached football at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia for thirty years until he retired in 1987. He also coached girl's basketball and golf and was Athletic Director. He moved from Hinesville to Fernandina Beach four and a half years ago.

Clifford enjoyed playing golf in his spare time and was very accomplished at the game, winning more than one hundred tournaments. His son lovingly calls him the "Original Sports Nut."

Clifford was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church here in Fernandina Beach.

He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Jean Johnson of Fernandina Beach, Florida; son, Hal Johnson and his wife Lynn of Macon, Georgia; daughter, Lisa Saitow and her husband Kenny of Fernandina Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Meagan Cook and her husband Adam of Smyrna, Georgia, Tripp Johnson of Macon, Georgia, Maury Saitow of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Mary Burton Cook and Ben Cook of Smyrna, Georgia; and brother-in-law, James Hollingsworth of Waynesboro, Georgia.

Services to celebrate his life will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard. The family respectfully requests that all who attend the service wear masks.

His family will receive friends starting at 10:30 am.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital at stjude.org

Memories

Michael Draman November 13, 2020

a great southern gentleman as well as a wonderful human being�.rest in peace coach
Chris Bryan November 13, 2020

I am so sad about the loss of Clifford. He was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed seeing him. Prayers for Jean and Lisa and his entire family. Love to the family. Love Chris and Bill
Colson H Hillier November 14, 2020

Clif was a good friend and will be sorely missed by all the River Gang at Amelia River Golf Club. Blessings and prayers to Jean and family.
John A Stubbs November 14, 2020

So sorry to hear about Cliff! He was a great man and one of my mother�s (ollie Mae Johnson Stubbs) favorite nephews. We all loved him and had some great times with him.
William Duke November 14, 2020

I am sad to hear of Cliff passing. He was a good friend and a wonderful story teller. He brought life to the River Gang and will be missed.
Laurie Bruner November 14, 2020

The Amelia River ladies will miss Coach. Always sent us off with a big smile on Monday morning. RIP Coach!
Geof and Sharon McKisson November 14, 2020

Dear Jean,
We are truly sorry to learn that Cliff has passed. No doubt your devotion to him all these years filled each of his days with light and love.
Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Lisa, and your entire family,
Geof and Sharon
Buddy Boyd November 14, 2020

Sorry to hear about Coach. He was a pleasure to spend time with at the golf course. I will miss all the good stories. Rest In Peace Coach
Robin Corman Witherite November 15, 2020

Mr. & Mrs. Johnson were our Wonderful Neighbors for many years on Sherwood Drive in Hinesville. My daughter, Carley & I thought the world of them. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Robin (formally Brewer) Corman-Witherite
Mike and Beverly Childs November 15, 2020

Truly a great man, but heaven gained a saint and an excellent golfer! Prayers for Jean and family.
MICKEY AND CARLA BELL November 15, 2020

Thank you coach for all the good years
Gregg Reed November 15, 2020

Coach Johnson was a ICON with the entire Liberty County community. Bradwell Institute High school students will forever treasure his kind soul and forever winning B.I spirit.. I�m from the class of 1982 and to all of his family-�Thank you�- he shall be missed �..?? U. COACH !!!