Leland Wayne ‘Buddy’ Johnson

Published 11:47 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

July 28, 1951 –

May 30, 2011

The funeral service for Leland Wayne “Buddy” Johnson, 59, of Bainbridge, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at Faceville Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Johns officiating.

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Interment will follow at Sylvania Cemetery with Billy Fee, Sean Neel, Matt Neel, Eric Sekula, Richard Mixon and Tom Sekula serving as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Ivey Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson was born July 28, 1951, in Quincy, Fla. He died Monday, May 30, 2011, at his residence. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, Class of 1971, and a member of Sylvania United Methodist Church.

He retired from Florida State Hospital with 35 years of service as a turbine operator and supervisor. He worked hard all of his life and was a heavy equipment operator for many years, doing all types of work for his friends and contractors. He enjoyed his farm and working with his cattle. Mr. Johnson was an avid outdoorsman and shared hunting and fishing with his family. He loved history, especially military history, and was a proud supporter of our troops.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tanya Louise Johnson, and his wife, Cindy Tucker Johnson.

Survivors include his son, Daniel Johnson of Bainbridge; his daughters, Cristy Johnson, Rita Johnson Sekula and her husband, Eric, all of Bainbridge, and Rene Tucker of Glennville, Ga.; his father, Leland O. Johnson of Bainbridge; his mother, Annie Laurie Hodge and her husband, William, of Chattahoochee, Fla.; his sister, Carmen Barfoot of Sneads, Fla., and seven grandchildren.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.