The TNGenWeb Project is saddened to report the news of the death of David Rowland Johnson. David was our coordinator of Dekalb, Grundy, and Marion counties. Joining us in 2008, David dedicated many hours to adding information to his county websites. The Project was made better by his collaboration and he will be greatly missed. His obituary, as it appeared on the website of the Chattanooga Cremation Center is below:
David Rowland Johnson, 61, of South Pittsburg, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, at a Chattanooga hospital. He was born in Paducah, KY, in 1954, to the late Stewart and Mary Jacqueline Johnson. Two years later, his family moved to South Pittsburg, where David spent his boyhood and the last twenty years of his life.
Most recently, David had served as coordinator for the Dekalb and Marion County pages of the Tennessee Genweb site. He enjoyed researching his own and other people’s family histories at the Tennessee State Library and in visits to courthouses, cemeteries, and lands farmed and lived upon by his ancestors along the Cumberland Plateau.
As a boy, David was an Eagle Scout and star pupil and enjoyed running track. He earned a biology degree from Tennessee Tech, attended a year of medical school, and worked as a licensed practical nurse at hospitals in Cookeville and Chattanooga. For several years after that, David lived and worked in Orlando, FL, building houses with his cousins. Returning to TN, he worked as a carpenter and general handyman, always generous with his skills to those in need.
David is survived by a sister, Carol Guess, of Decherd, TN, and brother, Ron Johnson, of Hayesville, NC; nieces, Heather Walker, of Antioch, TN, and Kimberly Young, of Chattanooga; grand nephews, Miles and Adrien Hill; and cousins, Karen Janszen and David Leese.
Arrangements were by Cremation Center of Chattanooga. The family will honor David at a later date with a scattering of ashes on lands that once comprised the Rowland farm in Dekalb Co., TN.