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Carlos Harry Johnson

June 12, 1931 - September 29, 2017

Obituary


Carlos Harry Johnson, age 86, of Alabaster, Alabama, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was born in Jefferson County in the area that is now Vestavia Hills on June 12, 1931 to Charles Harvey Johnson and Annie Lucille Bearden Johnson. In 1948, Carlos enlisted in the Army National Guard of Alabama as a member of the 31st Division, 167th Infantry Regiment and was later inducted into active federal service during the Korean War, where he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. "Buddy", as he was known to family and friends, was also...

Carlos Harry Johnson, age 86, of Alabaster, Alabama, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was born in Jefferson County in the area that is now Vestavia Hills on June 12, 1931 to Charles Harvey Johnson and Annie Lucille Bearden Johnson. In 1948, Carlos enlisted in the Army National Guard of Alabama as a member of the 31st Division, 167th Infantry Regiment and was later inducted into active federal service during the Korean War, where he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. "Buddy", as he was known to family and friends, was also a 5th generation mason from the Bearden family and, at age 17, was the youngest member of the AFL. In 1965, Buddy become one of the first home builders in the Hoover and Shelby county areas- many of his houses were featured in the Parade of Homes. He became a member of the Alabama Home Builders Association and later went on to co-own Johnson & McDaniel Real Estate & Development Company, later known as Johnson & Dow. Throughout his career, he also worked with Brown & Root, Church Building Systems, and Buckhalter Company before retiring at the age of 78. Carlos worked tirelessly on behalf of the mentally and physically challenged throughout his life and in 1976, was appointed by Governor Fob James to the Alabama Development Disabilities Planning Council in Montgomery for 4 years. He also served as President of the Patrons of Partlow and participated in the planning and building of the chapel and therapeutic swimming pool for Partlow State School as well as the Searcy Hospital. Carlos was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pelham and a former member of Fairview Baptist, Midfield Baptist, Green Valley Baptist, and Valleydale Baptist churches. At Valleydale Baptist, he served as a Deacon as well as Chairman of the Building Committee. Carlos also enjoyed sports and in 1959, he co-owned and played for the first semi-professional football team in Birmingham, known as the Birmingham Vulcans. His other hobbies included drawing, gardening, reading, and building unique birdhouses. As a licensed pilot, he also enjoyed flying. Carlos is predeceased by his father, Charles Harvey Johnson, mother Lucille Johnson Taylor, stepfather Edwin Taylor, brother Charles William Johnson, and daughter Rebecca Ann Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elaine Cliffe Johnson, son Carlos Harry Johnson, Jr. ("Butch"), daughters Bonnie Green (Terry) and Lisa Johnson, grandchildren Christine, Courtney, and Nicholas, his sister-in-law Barbara Johnson, as well as a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Southern Heritage Funeral Home at 475 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham. Visitation will take place from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, October 3rd and funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 4th. Immediately following the ceremony, family and friends are invited to gather at Underwood Baptist Church in Montevallo. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to your local mental health organization.