Lee Johnson

Born on December 27, 1930, Lee Johnson is celebrating his 93rd birthday this week. He is a well-known and beloved figure in the Greenbrier Valley, so we wanted to do something special for him this week. But first, get to know Lee’s story.

Shown above with the love of his life, his late wife Jean, they were married in 1951 after meeting at a basketball game in 1949. Only three months after marrying, Lee began his service to the US Army. He served two years active duty and six years reserve duty, an honor of which he is very proud.

Just before he left for his first stint of active duty, his wife Jean experienced uremic poisoning. She nearly died, and the child she was carrying only lived four hours after being born premature due to the sickness. But like always, the Johnsons persevered.

Then in 1953, Lee was sent to Korea in the 7th Division, 17th Infantry, Medical Company. He experienced several close calls and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Upon returning home, grateful to be alive and reunited with Jean and his family, Lee went into the trucking business with his father. In 1975, he purchased a quarry close to his home which Johnson Trucking had helped to excavate previously in 1969. In 1991, he sold the quarry and continued to do some trucking for them until 1997 upon his retirement.

Lee and Jean have three children–Joyce, Sue, and Raymond–and also ran a family farm, which was recognized as a Century Farm by the West Virginia Conservation Agency. Jean died in 2022, and while Lee misses her dearly, he continues to be actively involved in the community. Particularly in his church, James Chapel United Methodist, where he has attended his whole life.

Lee is known for his welcoming smile and his engaging personality. For his service to the United States of America and his business and agricultural leadership in the Greenbrier Valley over several decades, we are proud to name Lee Johnson as the certified Real West Virginian of the Week on his 93rd birthday!

If you would like to nominate someone in a future week, please contact us at news@therealwv.com.

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