Clifford L. Johnson Jr., 92, died Tuesday, December 28, at his home in Clarksdale.
He is survived by his four children: Clifford Lee Johnson III [married to Jane Kelley] of Mequon, Wisc.; Beverly Victoria Johnson Rungeling [married to John Rungeling] of Oviedo, Fla; Margaret Amelia Johnson Busby of Clarksdale; and Kendal Moseley Johnson [married to Jennifer Rose] of Portland, Ore. He has four grandchildren: Walt Busby, Brian Busby, Leslie Crawford, and Sofia Johnson; and three great-grandchildren: Jade Busby, Brendan Healey, and Haley Crawford.
Clifford’s beloved wife Margaret died in 2017 after 55 years of marriage.
Clifford L. Johnson, Jr. was born on May 15, 1928, to Clifford Lee Johnson and Velma Lucille Grimsley Johnson of Hattiesburg. He has one living brother, Wayne; one living sister, Joyce; and a deceased sister, Juanita.
Clifford graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1946 and joined the Marine Corps shortly afterward. Upon his discharge, he enrolled in Mississippi Southern College [now the University of Southern Mississippi] and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1952.
That same year, he married Margaret Moseley of Hattiesburg and began working at Forrest General Hospital in that same town. The Army called him up in 1953 and sent him to Korea where he served as a 2nd Lieutenant. When that conflict ended, he returned to Hattiesburg.
In 1958, Clifford became the Hospital Administrator of Jefferson Davis County Hospital in Prentiss. He stayed there for ten years before becoming the Hospital Administrator at Grenada County Hospital in Grenada, Mississippi. Then, in 1977, he became the Executive Director of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale, where he worked until he retired.
Clifford was an active member of his profession, serving as President of the Mississippi Hospital Association. He also became a Fellow in the American College of Hospital Administrators and lobbied in Washington, DC, on issues regarding rural healthcare in the U.S.
He was an important member of all the communities he lived in. In Grenada, he co-founded the Grenada Fine Arts Playhouse, and in Clarksdale he helped rejuvenate the Clarksdale Little Theater. In Prentiss, he co-founded the Prentiss Country Club. In addition to being an award-winning tennis player, he was an accomplished musician, playing horn in college; singing in a barbershop quartet; and participating in the choir in all the churches he attended.
Clifford was proud of his associations with those churches, serving in many capacities, including Deacon and Elder. Most recently, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksdale. With his wife Margaret, he was very active with local charities, especially the Clarksdale Care Station.
A private graveside service is scheduled for Monday, January 4, in Hattiesburg. A larger memorial celebration will be organized in the spring. For information about that event, please contact email@example.com. Meredith Nowell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests contributions to either the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksdale or the Clarksdale Care Station.