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Dr. John Mitchel Johnson

April 24, 1930 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Dr. John Johnson Obituary

Dr. John Mitchel Johnson, 93, of Raleigh, NC, formerly of the District of Columbia, beloved husband for 64 years of marriage to Nurry Turner Johnson, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2024.

John was born April 24, 1930 in Washington, DC to the late Thomas D. and Bertha E. Johnson. He graduated high school in 1949 went on to attend Howard University. As a proud Bison, John became acquainted with a men’s haberdashery that drew him in as an employee and a fan. 

John completed his education with a graduate Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Howard University College of Pharmacy, in the spring of 1955 after serving an honorable tour of duty in the Army during the Korean War (1950-1953). He was determined to begin his professional career where he made a difference in the community. He found that calling in Raleigh, NC where he eventually settled and purchased Hamlin Drug Company in 1957 with his partner, Clarence Coleman and married the love of his life Nurry. In 1989, John became sole owner after Clarence died. John continued their legacy of humble service to the Raleigh community.

John’s commitment to his craft was tangible. He was bestowed several awards including the Bowl of Hygeia Award, given to recognize living pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities. Recognition from The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor awarded by the Governor of North Carolina, is presented to individuals with a proven record of extraordinary service to North Carolina.  His decades of dedicated service in pharmaceuticals was recognized with a 50-Year Pin by the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and Howard University Hall of Fame. His greatest honor was the gratitude expressed by his many patrons which spanned families of three to four generations.

John was an avid swimmer and tennis player. He attended USTA tournaments across the globe to cheer on the likes of Arthur Ashe. Reading was a passion as was keeping up with the latest music and entertainment icons. John learned morse code and became an amateur radio operator, using his skill to forge relationships all over the world. He shared afternoons in art museums with his wife and daughters, which are cherished memories with him. 

John was an award winning Senior Life Master bridge player in the American Bridge Association. Later in life he became a member of the Gamma Sigma Boule where he proudly served as Grammateus (Scribe).

In 2019, Dr. Johnson retired after 62 years as the owner of Hamlin Drug Store, the oldest Black owned pharmacy in the United States. He will be remembered as a brilliant trailblazer who put community first.  

John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, a stalwart of dignity, substance, and unwavering pride. John lived a long, full, and rewarding life. He led by example and was always diplomatic in his business and personal relationships. He was a staunch advocate for the black community and  was most proud that he had one job and one wife!

John spent his formative years in Virginia, then a 60-year resident of Raleigh, NC; and lastly, a special resident of Farmington, CT where he spent his final 2 1/2 years, still embraced and adored for his wit, his charm and rich storytelling.  He left an amazing legacy wherever he went that will live in the hearts of those whose paths he had the pleasure to cross.

John leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Nurry Johnson of Raleigh, NC; his daughters Kimberley J. Scott of Farmington, CT, and Mischelle J. Corbin of Raleigh, NC; his granddaughters, Taelor O. Scott of Brooklyn, NY, and Sydni A. Scott of Oxford, England; American grandfather to Hirut Getahun Kollech; his Archons in the Boule and a host of dear family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Coleman Johnson, Elton Johnson, and Willard Johnson; and sisters Annie Johnson, Thelma Malachi and Bernice Banks. 

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 KJV

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