Ms. Helen Nadine Johnson, 93, passed away on Nov. 18, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Hospital after undergoing an operation and the start of therapy for a broken hip.
Mrs. Johnson was born on May 29, 1919, in Helen, Georgia, to Arthur Lee Dye and Winifred Mitchell Dye. She was the fifth of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dye, and the first of the children to be born in Helen. Mr. and Mrs. Dye had moved the family to Helen from West Virginia, where Mr. Dye worked for Morris Brothers Lumber Company.
It is rumored in the family that as a child she skipped school on April Fool’s Day along with some others and was punished by washing all the windows in the Nacoochee Valley School. She shocked her grandkids when she told them about going skinny dipping in the Chattahoochee River in Helen as a child.
In 1938, the Dyes moved to Newnan, Georgia, where Nadine graduated from Newnan High School in 1939 along with her future husband, George Edward “Ed” Johnson, whom she met at the Senior Class Picnic.
They were married on April 17, 1943, in South Carolina while Ed was in the Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, during World War II. She followed Ed as he moved around to different Army camps.
She always found a job selling shoes in stores located in Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburg, California; Trenton, New Jersey and Battle Creek, Michigan. Nadine and Ed were members of the First United Methodist in Newnan, where their son and daughter were born. In 1958 they moved the family to Albany, Georgia, and were members of the Porterfield United Methodist Church. Then, in 1962, they moved to Gainesville, Georgia, where they joined St. Paul United Church where they have been members for the past 50 years.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Johnson is preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Donald “Jack” Dye, Garnet Lee Dye, Kermit Andrew Dye; and sisters, Dorothy Mitchell Parsons, Geraldine Carlisle and Iris Smith.
She is survived by her husband, George Edward “Ed” Johnson of Gainesville, Georgia; son, George Edward Johnson Jr. and wife Mary Dixon Johnson of Hoschton, Georgia; daughter, Helen Johnson Elliott and husband Danny Silas Elliott of Gainesville, Georgia; brother, Arthur Hugh “Buster” Dye of Newnan, Georgia; sister-in-law, Willene Johnson Williams of Newnan, Georgia; grandchildren, Christopher Elliott and wife Kara Elliott of Flowery Branch, Georgia, Amanda Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Shanna du Mont and husband Justin du Mont of Mobile, Alabama, Lindsay Mahoney and husband Ryan Mahoney of Marietta, Georgia, Mary Elliott of Warner Robbins, Georgia; stepdaughter, Kimberly Reignier of Flowery Branch, Georgia; step-granddaughters, Sydney Roach and Mackenzie Reignier of Flowery Branch; great-grandchildren, Andrew Elliott of Gainesville, Corinne du Mont and Natalie du Mont of Mobile, Ava Elliott of Flowery Branch, and Allison Mahoney of Marietta.
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McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, GA