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Warner “Clifford” Johnson, Jr.

Warner “Clifford” Johnson, Jr.

April 15, 1936 - November 13, 2020     Age: 84

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 girls’ 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

21 Condolences

  • Michael Draman Posted November 13, 2020 9:21 pm

    a great southern gentleman as well as a wonderful human being….rest in peace coach

  • Chris Bryan Posted November 13, 2020 10:00 pm

    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 Posted November 14, 2020 11:35 am

    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 Posted November 14, 2020 12:14 pm

    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 Posted November 14, 2020 12:41 pm

    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 Posted November 14, 2020 3:28 pm

    The Amelia River ladies will miss Coach. Always sent us off with a big smile on Monday morning. RIP Coach!

  • Geof and Sharon McKisson Posted November 14, 2020 7:46 pm

    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 Posted November 14, 2020 8:38 pm

    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 Posted November 15, 2020 5:01 pm

    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 Posted November 15, 2020 8:41 pm

    Truly a great man, but heaven gained a saint and an excellent golfer! Prayers for Jean and family.

  • MICKEY AND CARLA BELL Posted November 15, 2020 8:48 pm

    Thank you coach for all the good years

  • Gregg Reed Posted November 15, 2020 8:55 pm

    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 !!!

  • Andra Hart Posted November 15, 2020 10:02 pm

    Coach was a great man who loved teaching the youth. Hos legacy as a man a coach will be remembered for years to come. Rest in Peace coach Johnson

  • George Sheffield Posted November 16, 2020 9:59 pm

    Our River gang at the golf course will truly miss his always engaging personality. He always had a smile and a story to tell. I had much respect and admiration for Cliff and his prior commitment to high school coaching. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • George HOWARD Posted November 17, 2020 7:31 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Former Lions/Tigers players that have gone before him will welcome their coach with open arms

  • Larry Bradley .. Orwigsburg, Pa Posted November 17, 2020 10:40 am

    Great English teacher. I have always been influenced by he along with others such as Mr Bagley. God bless.

  • Monica Pomeroy Posted November 17, 2020 3:31 pm

    Dear Jean,
    So sorry to hear about Cliff! He was truly a gentleman and a gentle man! I will miss seeing him at our 11:00 service sitting behind the Bryan’s, also his wonder handshake and smile. May Cliff rest in peace. Love Monica

  • Gail Fox Evans Posted November 17, 2020 4:22 pm

    Sadly, I just read of Coach Johnson’s passing. I have so many great memories of playing girls’ basketball at Bradwell when he coached us in the 1960’s! (Even though we sometimes wished he would swallow his whistle when it insisted that we keep running sprints!) He was a great coach and a very good man. Rest in peace, Coach.

  • Mike Woodard Posted November 18, 2020 11:18 am

    My sincere sympathy to the entire Johnson family. Coach was a honorable, genuine, caring person. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Coach Johnson in 1992 while coaching at Bradwell Institute. As a young coach, he was always willing to talk, teach, advise me. Upon my own move to Fernandina, I was blessed to be reunited with Coach Johnson – this time sharing him with my son, Jacob, who was beginning his own coaching career. Coach, again, was more than willing to talk, teach, advise him as well. Coach Johnson’s legacy will forever be a part of my life. GOD Bless a wonderful soul & his beautiful family.

  • Beverly Hall Waters Posted November 22, 2020 8:11 pm

    Jean and family, I am sorry to learn of the passing of Cliff. Jackie Yates and Larry Hyde keep us GTC friends posted. Cliff and I were friends at GTC (GSU) in 1956. He entertained us all and from comments, I see he was loved by so many – such a gentleman. I am thinking of all of you.

  • Gretchen Maher Posted November 23, 2020 8:32 am

    So sorry to hear about Clifford’s passing .. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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