James H. “Red” Johnson, age 82 of Maricopa, Arizona, died Sunday January 3, 2021. Red served his country in the United States Army for 10 years and saw combat in the Vietnam conflict. Upon his honorable discharge in 1965, he relocated his young family to Athens TN where he operated TWC Barber Shop serving the residents of Athens until he retired in 2014. Red was active in his community and had a heart for young kids. He served as head coach in the Riceville Youth Football program for many years, with undefeated seasons in 2007 and 2009.
A native of Sweetwater TN and resident of McMinn County Tennessee most of his life he was the son of the late Henry and Lucille Handley Johnson and was proceeded in death by his wife Gladys Evelyn Johnson, brothers RH Johnson and Bill Johnson, sister Barbara Richardson, and grandson Logan Plank. Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Annette Johnson of Athens; Tim and Debbie Johnson of Riceville; Eddie and Stacey Johnson of Knoxville; Jay and Lesley Johnson of Maricopa AZ; 7 grandchildren and spouses, Keesha and Gene Clotfelter, Lauren Johnson, Christin and Mark Oyola, Will Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Lucas Johnson, and Jonas Johnson; 7 great-grandchildren, Hunter Jones, Ethan Jones, Chloe Jones, Leigha Monroe, Tarynn Oyola, Evelyn Oyola and Zoë Clotfelter, one sister-in-law Judy Johnson, one brother-in-law, Paul “Hugh” and Linda Myers of Sweetwater and several nieces and nephews.
Interment at Sweetwater Memorial Gardens in Sweetwater TN with graveside services to be held on Jan x,2021 officiated by Rev. Pete Mullins. Pallbearers will be Billy Johnson, Bob Johnson, Jonas Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Tommy Richardson, and Hunter Jones. Per his request in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McMinn County Youth Football, 861 County Road 82, Athens TN 37303.