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Updated: 04/05/2014 03:50:30PM

Dora Elizabeth Johnson

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Dora Elizabeth Johnson, 91, formerly of Lumberton, N.C., died peacefully at The Retreat at Brightwater, S.C. on March 22, 2014.

Dora was the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Sarah Ida Hatcher. She was born and raised in Corbin, Kentucky, and attended nursing school in Louisville. During this time she met and married the love of her life, Harold Walter Johnson, Jr.

She and her husband moved from Kankakee, Illinois, to retire in Cape Haze, Florida, in 1975, where they continued their life long membership in the Methodist Church. After Harold’s death Dora made her home in Lumberton.

Dora was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her life was spent serving others with a steadfast belief that with faith and love all things were possible.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Charles Albert Hatcher and her grandson, Alexander Joseph Villani.

Dora is survived by her children, Harold Walter Johnson III (Hal) and his wife Linda Donohue Johnson of Cape Haze; Claudia Johnson Villani and her husband Dr. Peter Villani of Lumberton; and her brother, Grover Cleveland Hatcher, Jr. of Bellingham, Washington. Survivors also include her four grandchildren, Sarah Villani Davis and her husband Peter; Kristen Villani Hedstrom and her husband John; Heather Johnson and her husband Mike; Drew Colin Johnson and his wife Jamie and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Dora’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 1002 Chestnut Street, Lumberton, N.C. 28358. The family will receive friends in the church parlor immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Presbyterian Learning Center of Lumberton, Post Office Box 1182, Lumberton, N.C. 28359 or the Robeson County Humane Society, Post Office Box 3609, Lumberton, N.C. 28359.

An online guestbook is available at

McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. is serving the family.

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