Johnson family enjoys SAR Colonial Ball and Debutante Presentation

On 17 December 2010, the Birmingham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) introduced 14 lovely and accomplished young ladies into society at the SAR’s Colonial Ball and Debutante Presentation at The Club in Birmingham. High atop Birmingham’s Red Mountain, several Johnson family members enjoyed the elegant dinner and presentation as the guests of Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie), including daughter Melanie Fay Johnson, Kellet Carmichael (granddaughter) and Joshua May, Wylie Benjamin “Ben” (son) and Jessica Johnson, and O. L. “Pete” (nephew) and Mary Jean Johnson. Uncle Wylie is a past state president of the SAR.


Luke McIntyre Johnson comes home on furlough

Luke__bham_homecoming.jpgCPL Luke McIntyre Johnson, with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, returned to Camp Pendleton, California on 10 November 2010 after a tour of duty in Afghanistan and was able to come home on furlough in December. Several of the Birmingham Johnson clan had a wonderful “mini-reunion” with Luke as he came through Birmingham on Saturday, 11 December 2010 on his way from Camp Pendleton, CA home to Paxton, FL. Dad Parley Philip, Jr. came to Birmingham to meet him and bring him home for the Christmas holidays. At the airport were his Great Uncle Wylie Pierson Johnson, cousins Melanie Fay Johnson, Kellet Carmichael, Lillian “Lillie” Carmichael and Joshua May, Orson L. “Pete”, Mary Jean and William Seth Johnson, and, of course, father Parley Philip Johnson, Jr.. Luke and Parley Philip went with Uncle Wylie out to “Pawland”, Uncle Wylie’s property on the Cahaba River in Bibb County for a little while before Luke and Parley got on the road. As Luke returned to Camp Pendleton after Christmas, Melanie Fay hosted a lovely family dinner party at Carmichael Hall in Vestavia. Here are some of the photos made during his visit. It was so great to see Luke safe and sound!!

Welcome, Charles Leroy Krawczynski!

007.smWe are pleased to announce the birth of Charles Leroy Krawczynski to Dr. Keith and Margaret Emily ("Gigi") Berkstresser Krawczynski on Monday, 22 November 2010, at 2:37 p.m.. He was 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth. Little “Charlie” is the grandson of Laurida Emily Albritton Berkstresser and great-grandson of Walter Matthew and Caroline Johnson Albritton (Uncle Walter and Aunt Caroline). The family lives is Montgomery where proud father Keith is Associate Professor of History at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). Be sure to see these photos of Charlie.


CPL Luke McIntyre Johnson has returned from Afghanistan

Whoo hoooo and thank the Lord!!! This just in from CPL Luke McIntyre Johnson’s father and mother, Parley Philip, Jr. and Callie Gail Johnson:

Luke is in the USA in route to Camp Pendleton, CA should be there by 5 PM California time ( 7 PM Alabama Time )... Praise the Lord for his safe return, thanks to all for your continued thoughts and prayers while Luke was deployed to AFGHANISTAN for the past 7 months.


Parley P. Jr. & Callie Gail

Luke is with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division. The photo here is a recent UPI photo of Luke that was in the news. The caption read, “Marines patrol In bazaar of Hazar Joft in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on August 8, 2010.”

Also, see the article about Luke’s furlough trip home to Paxton, FL at Christmas!


Carrie Johnson teaching in Samara, Russia

Members of the Johnson Family are to be found in all corners of the earth these days it seems. Uncle Wylie (Wylie Pierson Johnson) shared the following news about his granddaughter Carrie Haddox Johnson. Carrie sent the photos at right from her new home in Samara, Russia where she will be teaching English. In the first photo, Carrie stands beside pumpkins. (Notice that the pumpkins are gray. Interesting!) The young man with Carrie in the second photo is Ricky, a British teacher. They are in a tram.

Carrie Haddox Johnson, daughter of Jessica Henry and Ben Johnson went to Samara, Russia on 15 October 2010, where she will be employed as an English instructor for one year. Jessica told me the school had English instructors besides Carrie, from Ireland, England and Australia.

Samara, Russia is West of the Ural Mountains and located at the confluence of the Samara River with the Volga River. It is in eastern Russia about 550 miles East Southeast of Moscow. The Volga River flows into the Caspian Sea. Samara was called Kuibyshev from 1935 to 1990. It had a population of 500,000 in 1950. The metropolitan population of Samara, now is about 3,000,000.

Carrie taught in a French language school in New Orleans, LA after she graduated from Tulane in 2008. She is fluent in French. She has been studying Russian. She told me she boned up on speaking Russian with Amandiy, her cousin Dan Hill's wife, during the week before she left for Samara. Amandiy is fluent in Russian and earned an MD in the Saint Petersburg Pavlov State Medical University in 2001.


It's the Great Pumpkin, Emmy Beck!

Emerson Irene Beck recently made her first trip to the pumpkin patch. At about 7 weeks old, little Emmy was just old enough to sit and lean against the pumpkins in the St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch in her hometown of Houston, TX. (She was born 31 August 2010.) In the photo at right, Emmy seems quite shocked to have a close encounter with “The Great Pumpkin.” Move over Charlie Brown! ;-)

Emmy is the daughter of David Wilson and Karrera Irene Starr (“Kari”) Beck, granddaughter of Sharon Frances Johnson “Sha” Starr and great-granddaughter of Luke and Shirley Roach Johnson (Uncle Luke and Aunt Shirley).

Thanks so much for sharing these adorable photos, Kari. What a great way to kick off our Fall-Halloween-Thanksgiving season here on the Johnson Family website! Family members can contact Kari and David at kistarr(at)hotmail(dot)com or grandmother Sha at sstarr49(at)aol(dot)com. Read More...

Dr. Dan Johnson develops important instrument for psychological testing

Dr. Dan Johnson, assistant professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, has developed a new instrument that is “designed to help clinicians determine more objectively a patient's level of anxiety.” His Attention Control Capacity for Emotion (ACCE) task is scheduled for clinical testing next year at Manchester University in England. In a W&L news announcement published 6 October 2010, Johnson made the following statement about his new instrument:

“Psychologists are heavily reliant on self-reporting to diagnose a patient's level of anxiety. This is a big problem. Although self-reporting is important, patients can distort, exaggerate or minimize their condition. And there is no way to tell if they are doing this. The ACCE task can also be used to track the effectiveness of therapies."

The complete press release can be read here:


Family news from Clint Veder

We were very happy to hear from Clint Robert Veder recently. In a message to Uncle Wylie, Clint sent the following:

I am married and live in Tri-cities, Washingtion. I work for the Bechtal Internationl Construction Company http://www.hanfordvitplant.com (the largest construction site in north america) and have been a carpenter for 14 years. I joined Local 1849 Carpenter Union 3 years ago (better wages you know). My wife's name is Lydia Maya. She is a Northern Cheyenne, Native American. She was born in Billing's Montana. She is a wonderful stay at home mother, who recently gave her life to Yeshuea (Jesus) and is really sent from God to bless my life. We have two boys Luke 5 and Sam 3. Sam out weighs Luke by 10 pounds and is 1 inch taller than Luke. I am thinking linebacker or fullback; LOL. Luke just started kindergarten this year at Marcus Whitman elementry. I wish he was starting at Seth Johnson back home. Both are true Boys. We have dedicated them both to the Lord and both look forward to serving Yeshuea in Jail Ministry and Sunday School. Lydia teaches women's bible study on Mondays. We both look forward to a exciting life in Jesus and would love to hear how everyone back home is doing. Have you talked to my dad, Seth or brothers or sisters, or know how to get a hold of Steven and Jason Switzer Kathern's children. Anyway thanks uncle Wylie. You and uncle Phillip were my favorite uncles. I remember coming up to your house once in a while and visiting uncle Phillip down in Florala. How is he doing anyway. My address is 1102 Willard Ave. Richland, WA 99354. Telephone # (509)438-4337.

Clint is the son of Seth Arthur Veder and grandson of Henry Paul and Emily Fay Johnson Veder (Uncle Paul and Aunt Emily Fay).

Uncle Wylie replied to let Clint know that Uncle Philip had passed away and with other news of the Seth Arthur Veder family. We’re including that here for those who would like an update on the family...


Family news from Terry and Andy Johnson

Uncle Wylie shared the following news he received from Terry Johnson, wife of Andy Johnson (Orson Alexander Johnson, III). Andy is the son of Orson Alexander “Alex” Johnson, Jr. and his first wife Brenda Fay Talley and grandson of Orson Alexander and Ibernia Louise Pierce Johnson (Uncle Pete and Aunt Louise).

Everyone here is well.  Andy is still working pretty steadily.  Alex and Andy are hoping to be able to plant green fields soon.  Andy will be ready to pull his bow out on Oct. 15.  The big boys (Corey & Doug) are doing fine.  Corey will be going to Indianapolis for the FFA convention in a couple of weeks and will be in Birmingham for the Robotics competition in two weeks.  Amber and Andrew are doing well with their sitter and both growing more and more everyday.  Brenda (Andy's mother) is still recovering from her surgery but has gone back to work and seems to be okay.  I stay busy between work (teaching), house keeping, and children but am very thankful to have all to keep me busy.

(FYI, the original message was written on or before 29 September 2010. The web editor is late posting.)

Thanks for the family update, Terry! Glad to hear that you and Andy and the children are doing well! Family members can contact Terry and Andy at terryj(at)autaugacountyschool(dot)org.

Harley Grandin begins freshman year at UC Davis

We received word recently that our cousin Harley B. Grandin began his freshman year on 23 September 2010 at the University of California Davis (near Sacramento, CA). Harley’s father Michael Grandin and his grandfather Dr. Frederick Orson "Fred" Johnson (Berkeley, CA) shared the news along with these photos. (Or click the photo at right to see more photos.)

In this photo Harley and dog Tybalt outside newly constructed Wall Dorm at UC Davis. Wall is Harley's freshman dorm for Fall, 2010. Harley's father Michael Grandin says, "It's [Wall Dorm] so brand new, they're still working on the landscaping.  Wall is one of the newest dorms in a group called Tercero on the west side of campus. Harley is in the honors program, as are most or all of his dorm mates.  He'll be taking four classes and plans to start training for triathlons.  Classes start Thursday [23 September 2010]." Tybalt had been in the family for about a month at the time of this photo. He is a gift from Harley to his dad.

Harley is a grandson of Dr. Frederick Orson "Fred" Johnson, great-grandson of Howard Alexander and Virginia McNaughton Johnson, 2x great-grandson of Frederick Orson “Fred” Johnson, and 3x great-grandson of Orson Thomas Johnson. Orson Thomas was a brother of Philip Paddelford Johnson. Read More...

Books by Walter and Dean Albritton available on Amazon.com

Have you read any of the many books by Rev. Walter Matthew Albritton, Jr. or wife Dean Albritton? You can find their works on Amazon.com. Following are the latest books written by Walter and Dean (all published this year!) along with each book’s description on the Amazon site. You can “look inside” to get a little sample of each book. Be sure to check out these spiritually uplifting and empowering works!

As many of you know, Walter’s weekly column “Altar Call” has appeared for years in the Opelika-Auburn News. You can read these columns, Walter’s other sermons and essays and keep up with his and Dean’s activities at their website at www.walteralbritton.org.

Walter Matthew Albritton, Jr. is the son of Walter Matthew, Sr. and Caroline Johnson Albritton (Uncle Walter and Aunt Caroline).

Books by Dean Albritton

The Yellow Butterfly: And Other Nuggets of Faith In Prose and Poetry by Dean Albritton (July 2, 2010)
See it on Amazon

This is a collection of poems, and some prose, in which Dean expresses the discoveries of her inspiring journey of faith. She shares the throbbing pain of suffering and her delight when God turned her sorrow into joy.

Dean also wrote Misplaced Heart published in1985.

About Dean.. (“About the author” as posted on Amazon):

Dean Albritton lives near Wetumpka, Alabama with her husband Walter, a United Methodist minister. A gifted teacher and inspirational speaker, Dean is the mother of five sons, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. This is her second book. Dean's first book, Misplaced Heart, was the story of her struggle to find faith in God. In this new book she shares the mature faith of your inspiring journey with Christ.

Books by Rev. Walter Albritton, Jr.

Leaning Over the Banisters of Heaven: Balcony People Make the Difference by Walter M. Albritton (Oct 7, 2010)
See it on Amazon

Leaning Over the Banisters of Heaven is a collection of Walter's inspiring stories and essays. Walter is a good storyteller. His stories will make you laugh, cry, think, and sometimes pray. He knows the pain of having basement people on his back. And he knows that life is impossible unless you can hear your balcony people leaning over the banisters of heaven cheering you on to reach your goals. In these stories you will find inspiration, laughter, hope and encouragement. You can easily relate to Walter's stories because most of them come out of his struggles with the common issues of life. Walter hopes that you will find a story that moves you to give thanks for your balcony people and inspire you to live in the balcony of your loved ones and friends.


David Johnson's Cairo Syrupmakers off to a great start

After the 2009 football season, David Henry Johnson resigned as head coach at Lee County, (GA) High School. He said the local townspeople at Leesburg were not enthusiastic about supporting the football team. This season he took the job as defensive coach at Cairo, Ga High School. The Cairo Syrupmakers are off to a great start! David’s brother Parley Philip Johnson, Jr. shared this 17 September 2010 local news story. (Update! The Cairo Syrupmakers, as of 15 October 2010, the Syrupmakers are 7-0!)

Georgia High School Football - Thomas County Central held off by Cairo 

(September 17, 2010: Thomasville, GA 31792) Cairo Syrupmakers (Cairo, GA) fans left the game content Friday as they saw their football team nip the host Thomas County Central Yellowjackets (Thomasville, GA), 20-13 in a non-league test.

  With the triumph, Cairo improves its record to 4-0 on the campaign. The Syrupmakers hostMonroe (Albany, GA) to battle the Tornadoes in a AAA Region 1 test on Friday, September 24. The Tornadoes come into the test with a record of 3-1. Monroe lost 27-19 in their recent non-league test against Brooks County (Quitman, GA)

   With the loss, Thomas County Central drops to 2-1 on the campaign. The Yellowjackets travel to Hardaway (Columbus, GA) to battle the Hawks in a AAAA Region 1 test on Friday, September 24. The Hawks come into the test with a record of 1-2. Hardaway lost 44-0 in their recent non-league test against Carver (Columbus, GA)


David is the son of Parley Philip, Sr. and Edith Christine Fail Johnson (Uncle Philip and Aunt Christine).

Congratulations on an awesome season thus far, David! All the Johnson family is wishing you continued success!


Colter Herrington survives poisonous snake bite

Zachery Colter Herrington was bitten by a water moccasin in his family’s pool on 31 August 2010! “The fang marks might be gone, but the memory of the experience isn’t,” he said. See all the details in the following story about the incident by Stephanie Nelson which appeared in the Andalusia Star News on Friday, 3 September 2010. For a limited time you can read the story online here. (Because the story might be removed from the site at some time, we’re posting it here, also.)

Colter is the son of Joseph Decatur and Amy Michelle Edwards Herrington, grandson of Judy Nora Johnson Davis and her first husband Joe Frank Herrington, and great-grandson of Parley Philip, Sr. and Edith Christine Fail Johnson (Uncle Philip and Aunt Christine).

This story gives some of us the “willies”, Colter. We’re so glad you survived this nightmare! Family members can send an email to Colter via his grandmother Judy at


CPL Luke McIntyre Johnson makes UPI news

UPDATE 10/18/10! Parley Philip shared an update on his military family. As you may know BOTH of his sons AND his son-in-law are serving overseas in the Marines. Here is the latest...

He [Parley Philip and Gail’s son Luke McIntyre Johnson] has done well in Afghanistan over the past 7 months. We will sleep better when he gets back to the states in November…

Parley Philip III “Tracy” is now assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines where he is attached to the USMC Security Guard Detachment.

Our son-in-law Sgt. Joey Graham USMC is set to deploy to Afghanistan on 14 November with the USMC 2nd ANGLICO from Camp Lejune, NC. He will be there 7 months as a forward observer.

Thank you for sharing this, Parley. WOW! Few U.S. families have given so much for their country!


U.S. citizens can feel safer when one of the Johnson clan is on patrol. CPL Luke McIntyre Johnson is doing just that. He is deployed with the 1st Marine Division in Afghanistan. Recently, this photo of Luke made the UPI news wire. The caption reads, “Marines patrol In bazaar of Hazar Joft in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on August 8, 2010.” The UPI photo was made by Hossein Fatemi. Click “Read more” below to see this photo enlarged. See the photo on the UPI at:


Welcome, Emerson Irene Beck!

We are delighted to announce the birth of Emerson Irene Beck, born this afternoon 31 August 2010, at 3:28 P.M. in Houston, TX. to David and Karrera Irene (“Kari”) Starr Beck! Emerson Irene is a healthy 7 lbs., 5 ozs.. UPDATE! 9/6/10 We now have photos of Baby “Emmy” taken the day of her birth 8/31/10! Left, father David holds his newborn daughter. Center, mother Kari holds little Emerson (and what looks to be a lifelong best friend!). Finally, at right (photo taken 9/6/10), Grandmother Sha says, “After a nice warm bath today, Emmy is quite happy!” Click a photo for enlargements.

Grandmother Sharon (“Sha”) Starr, tells us that Emerson Irene’s father and mother, are...

totally overwhelmed and in awe of their new daughter.

and that...

Going through this with them was the most amazing experience that I have yet to witness!    She looks just like Kari when she was born.

Kari is the daughter of Sharon Frances Johnson Starr and granddaughter of Luke and Shirley Roach Johnson (Uncle Luke and Aunt Shirley).

Congratulations, Kari and David! Family members can send their love and congratulations to Kari and David to Grandmother Sha’s email address at sstarr49(at)aol(dot)com.


Family News from Mark Phillip Herrington

We received a nice note from Mark Phillip Herrington today with news of his lovely family.

I am in the Criminal Justice Technology program in my 3rd semester at AB Tech in Asheville NC . I am Married, 5 years in March 2011, have a 7 yr. old daughter named Destiny Star VanZant Herrington. And my wife is Jennifer VanZant Herrington. Hope everyone is doing well and have a blessed day!

Mark is the son of Judy Nora Johnson Davis and grandson of Parley Philip (Sr.) and Edith Christine Fail Johnson (Uncle Philip and Aunt Christine).

So good to hear from you, Mark. Good luck in your Criminal Justice studies at AB Tech! Family members can contact Mark at moonbeamsmaster(at)yahoo(dot)com. Read More...

Family news from Cindy Poundstone

We have news from the Poundstone side of the family from Cindy Poundstone. She is the daughter of Dave Johnson and Jane Shivers Poundstone, granddaughter of Emmett and May Johnson Poundstone and great-granddaughter of Dave and Myrtle Stennett Johnson. Dave was a brother of Seth Johnson, Sr.. Cindy sent a note to Parley Philip Johnson, Jr., to let the family know that her mother, Jane, recently celebrated her 93rd birthday! Jane is living at the Cara Vita Assisted Living in Montgomery. She has been ill recently, and Cindy comes over from Atlanta every other weekend to be with her mother and to give her some extra care.

Cindy would like to keep contact with the family and hopes to attend a Johnson Family Reunion. Parley has conversed with Cindy via Facebook and invites other family members who are on Facebook to “friend” Cindy, too! Or you can email Cindy at cpoundstone1(at)netzero(dot)com. Family members, send your love and get well wishes to Jane here:

Mrs. Jane Poundstone
CaraVita Village
4000 Fieldcrest Drive
Montgomery, AL 36111
Phone: (334) 284-0370

Cindy, we would love to see you at next year’s family reunion at the Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church in Wetumpka, AL on 2 July (everyone mark your calendars!) and your mother too if she feels up to it! Thanks so much for contacting Parley!

MIchael Ryan Byrnside weds Debra Elizabeth McCallum

We are pleased to announce that on 31 July 2010, MIchael Ryan Byrnside and Debra Elizabeth McCallum were married at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Hoover, AL. Michael is the son of Robert Michael “Bobby” and Patricia Kay “Pat” Murphy McCormick and grandson of John Gribbin and May Nora Johnson Murphy (Uncle Johnny and Aunt Katie). The couple flew to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon following the ceremony and reception. The couple will reside in Montgomery, AL. A lovely slideshow of the wedding can be seen at the photographer’s web site at: http://www.amberfordphoto.com/galleries.htm Click on “Michael & Beth”

Thank you for sharing the wonderful news of your son’s wedding, Pat! Family members can send their congratulations and best wishes for Michael and Beth to Pat:

Ms. Pat McCormick
1671 County Road 81
Prattville, AL 36067

or send email to Pat’s address at pmccormick(at)southuniversity(dot)edu.


Nicole Elyse Johnson weds Ben David Taylor in Cornwall, England

We are happy to announce the marriage of Nicole Elyse Johnson to Ben David Taylor on 24 July 2010 in the city Truro in Cornwall, England. The photo of the newly wed couple at right was taken by the groom’s sister at the church just after the wedding. (Click here for an enlarged view.) Nicole is the daughter of Dr. Seth James "Jimmy" Johnson and his first wife Debora Ann Fernandez and granddaughter of Orson Alexander and Louise Pierce Johnson (Uncle “Pete” and Aunt Louise). Jimmy and his wife Dora and daughters Jamie Louise and Gloria Alexandra were in attendance. Jimmy shared this story about the lovely wedding with Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie): ...


Dean Albritton undergoing knee replacement surgery

On Monday, 19 July 2010, at 7:30 a.m., Dean Albritton will undergo knee replacement surgery at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, AL. She is definitely looking forward to increased mobility with this surgery. Dean is the wife of Walter Albritton, Jr. who is the son of Walter and Caroline Johnson Albritton (Uncle Walter and Aunt Caroline).

Jackson Hospital is located at 1725 Pine St., Montgomery, AL 36106. Here is the
map. Of course, we don’t know what room Dean will be in, but you can contact her by calling the hospital at (334) 293-8000.

Dean asks that we all keep her in your thoughts and prayers. We certainly will, Dean! And we’re wishing you a very speedy recovery

UPDATE 22 July 2010
Dean got through the knee replacement surgery on Monday, 19 July 2010, just fine! We received the following message from Walter (sent to Uncle Wylie) on Tuesday, 20 July 2010:

Dean's recovery appears to be going as expected. Today, second day, was a rough day. Much pain made it a very difficult day for her. Hopefully a better day tomorrow. We thank you for your prayers for her.

We continue to pray for a rapid recovery, Dean!

UPDATE 23 July 2010
Great news in a new message from Walter to Uncle Wylie!

Your prayers are being answered for Dean! She had three tough days but came through fine and today I took her to Rehab First on Hull Street. She will have therapy all day and be there from 7 to 10 days. We both feel very good about this plan. She is ready to do the rehab work and move on! Please thank everyone for their love, support, and especially their prayers!

How wonderful!!  

C Mac Johnson Day is THIS SATURDAY!

Come to the State Farmers’ Market in Montgomery this Saturday and celebrate C. Mac Johnson Day! You don’t want to miss this! There will be prizes, awards, exhibits, entertainment AND special honor of Charles McIntyre Johnson, Sr. (Uncle Mac) at approximately 10:00 a.m.! This is an annual event at which Uncle Mac is honored and remembered by the citizens of Alabama. Uncle Mac was instrumental in establishing the State Farmers’ Market, and he promoted it for many years.

Here’s the essential info...

Saturday, 10 July 2010
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Uncle Mac honored about 10:00 a.m.)
Montgomery State Farmers Market
1655 Federal Drive
Montgomery, AL
(Close to Garrett Coliseum. Here’s the

Johnson family members will be at the State Farmers’ Market for this great event. We hope you’ll be there, too, to support Aunt Gene and all of Uncle Mac’s family. It’s just plain fun, too! See you on Saturday!

(Are you on Facebook? Check out the
C. Mac Johnson Day FB page, and see all the family members who plan to attend!)

UPDATE I - 8 July 2010, 12:32 a.m.
-- Parley Philip Johnson, Jr. just sent the following press release from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. (See it here.) It’s important to attend on Saturday for many reasons!

UPDATE II - 8 July 2010, 9:10 a.m. -- This just in from Gene Burt Johnson Davis, daughter of Uncle Mac and Aunt Gene,

Mama spoke with Rob who coordinates the produce auction and he said that the auction would begin around 10:00 or 10:30. Due to her health and the hot weather, Mama hopes she can be there.

UPDATE III - 8 July 2010, 9:36 a.m. -- Parley Philip contacted the ADAI office and got the official program for Saturday’s activities from Glen Zorn, ADAI Assistant Commissioner. Read all about it...

C. Mac Johnson Farmers Market Day Program (in Word format)
C. Mac Johnson Farmers Market Day Program (in PDF format)
(Thank you for these, Parley!)

As we’ve said before, you do NOT want to miss this! Just look at all the fun events and activities, and what a wonderful tribute to Uncle Mac!


Carmichael-Johnson antique dresser available

UPDATE 12 Aug. 2010: The dresser has been sold. Judy Nora is happy to report that the dresser has a new home in a bed & breakfast in Tennessee. The article below remains posted as historical information.

Judy Nora Johnson Davis has a beautiful antique dresser that is rich in Carmichael-Johnson heritage. And it’s for sale! See the photo at right. (Click on it for an enlarged view.) It has a marble top with candle holders. Judy will soon take the dresser to an antique shop in Destin, FL to sell, but she wants to give family members the opportunity to buy it if they are interested. Judy shared the following story about the dresser (additional information in brackets added by the web editor):

As the story goes Great Grandmother, Manora Alzada Summers Carmichael (which my middle name Nora comes from ) brought it to Newnan from Atlanta to get away from Sherman, and she gave it to Grandmother (Neva Kate Carmichael Johnson) as a wedding present, and she [Neva Kate] brought it to Carol Villa in Montgomery, [Uncle Mac and Aunt Gene had it for several years at Carol Villa], and my father [Parley Philip Johnson, Sr.] had it for years in the house at Lockhart, Alabama and then gave it to me, Judy Nora Johnson Davis.

Judy says this is what she was told. If there are corrections or additional information, please let Jean know at johnsonreunion(at)brooknet(dot)com, and we’ll update this article.

Happy 110th Anniversary, Papa and Grandmother Johnson!

Updated 7 July 2010
Today, 3 July 2010, is the 110th Anniversary of the wedding of Seth and Neva Kate Carmichael Johnson. Here is a photo of the Western Union Telegram that Papa Johnson sent to Neva Kate’s father, William Spencer Carmichael, “Grandpap”, that very afternoon to announce their marriage! (The middle initial “T.” in the telegram is incorrect. Papa Johnson was probably just a little nervous - lol) Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie) had this interesting history to add regarding the telegram....

Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July!
Read a little history


Carrie Nicole Berkstresser reports on People to People trip to Australia

Carrie Nicole Berkstresser has an exciting Power Point presentation to share with the family about her exciting trip to Australia last summer! If you have trouble viewing through that link, you can download the presentation here.) Family members may recall that last summer, 6-22 June 2009, Carrie Nicole Berkstresser served as a student ambassador in the People to People Australia Boomerang Program. Here’s how Carrie described the trip to come ... [Read that article here.]

During this seventeen day adventure I will visit Sydney, Canberra, Darwin and Cairns. Activities will include visits to the Sydney Opera House and the New Parliament House to learn about their system of government and political history. I will also go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, be part of an outdoor service project, visit with local Aboriginal people, and explore museums and national parks in the Australian outback and wilderness. I will have the opportunity to spend two nights with an Australian family and actually go to school with students from the family.


It's another fabulous reunion for the Johnson Family!

Thank you Bill Bassett, Dottie Ennis, and Julie Hawkins and families (the family of Uncle Julian and Aunt Neva Johnson Bassett) for another wonderful Johnson Family Reunion! The Johnson family gathered for the reunion on Saturday, 26 June 2010, at Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church, 3454 Firetower Road in Wetumpka, AL - the first in this location. The children enjoyed having their faces painted by their older cousins and playing on a HUGE, fully-equipped playground. Lunch seating was arranged by decade age groups, and thus cousins got to know their cousins of similar age. Of course, the food was fabulous as always with many favorite dishes prepared from the Johnson Family cookbook. The family was led in patriotic and fun family songs by the Bassett family with Gene Burt Johnson Davis accompanying on the keyboard. There were some great family games. One was a real "stumper" where we had to identify those in a collage made up of old family photos! All were identified in the end by sharp eyes and keen minds. Family members came from far and wide to the reunion - including from Florida, Texas, California, and... wait for it... Brazil!

Did you get your copy of the Johnson Family Roster? Bill Bassett did a great job with this. He contacted at least one, if not several, from each family group, and, after many correspondences, compiled a directory of all the living first cousins (grandchildren of Seth and Neva Kate Carmichael Johnson), their spouses and adult children. The directory includes current addresses and email addresses. No excuse not to stay in touch with your cousins now! :-)

Family Reunion Pics

We need pictures from the reunion! We saw you snapping away. Won't you share? Please send your photos or a link to your photos to Jean at johnsonreunion(at)brooknet(dot)com, and we'll get them posted here asap! We already have some great ones from Margie Helen and Parley Philip. Just to show you how valuable these photos are to future generations, here is a family reunion photo circa 1949, approximately 61 years ago! Can you identify those in the photo? "Hover" your mouse over the people in the photo to reveal their names. Thanks for sharing this great old photo, Parley Phiip!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Next year's Johnson Family Reunion will be hosted by the family of Walter and Caroline Johnson Albritton on 2 July 2011 again at the Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church in Wetumpka. We'll post more information here closer to the reunion date.

Again, thank you, Bill, Dottie and Julie and families for a fabulous reunion!! Read More...

2010 Johnson Family Reunion is THIS SATURDAY!

It's almost here!! This Saturday!!
2010 Johnson Family Reunion

Saturday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.
Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church
3454 Firetower Road
Wetumpka, AL
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The Johnson Family Reunion this year is hosted by the family of Uncle Julian and Aunt Neva Johnson Bassett - Bill Bassett, Dottie Ennis, and Julie Hawkins and families. The reunion begins at 10:00 A.M. and lunch will begin just after noon. Please bring your favorite family dish to share (a Johnson Family cookbook recipe is suggested.)

See the reunion invitation for more information. (This message was posted earlier from Julie Hawkins.)

Thank you, Bill, Dottie and Julie! Hope to see all the Johnson Family on Saturday!!!

Family attends celebration of nation’s oldest ballpark

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In Birmingham, AL on Wednesday, 2 June 2010, historic Rickwood Field, America’s oldest ballpark, celebrated its centennial anniversary. Three generations of the Wylie Pierson and Lurene Hall Johnson (Uncle Wylie and Aunt “Dolly”) family were among the near capacity crowd. And they were dressed in style, too - the high style of 1910, that is! In the photos above are daughter Melanie Fay Johnson, Melanie’s daughter Kellet Catherine Carmichael and Kellet’s daughter, Lillian Carmichael May. Click on the photos to see enlarged photos and get a closeup view of their beautiful period attire. Also, attending was Melanie’s son Wylie Scott Atkinson. Unfortunately, Kellet’s husband Joshua May had to work and could not attend the afternoon game. ...


Shannon Carmichael Murphy pinned as Registered Nurse

We are please to announce that on 20 May 2010, Shannon Carmichael Murphy was pinned as a Registered Nurse from the Palomar College School of Nursing in San Marcos, CA. The pinning ceremony took place at the Howard Brubeck Theatre in San Marcos. Shannon is the daughter of Thomas Alan Murphy and granddaughter of John Gribbon and May Nora Johnson Murphy (Uncle Johnny and Aunt Katie).


Parley Johnson, Jr. Family continues to serve America

The children of Parley (Parley Philip , Jr.) and Callie Gail Johnson continue to serve their country honorably. They follow in their father’s footsteps as proud members of the United States Marine Corps. ...


Wylie Pierson Johnson recovering nicely after surgery

Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie) underwent surgery on Thursday, 20 May 2010 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. The surgery relieved him from a chronic problem that had been bothering him since March. His daughter Melanie Fay Johnson says that he is recovering nicely and is expected to return to his home in Vestavia by Sat. or Sun., 22 or 23 of May.

We’re so glad to hear that you are doing well, Uncle Wylie! Sending you love and sincere wishes for a speedy recovery! Family members can send their love and get well wishes to him at home:

Wylie P. Johnson
1991 Shades Crest Road
Birmingham AL 35216-1429

Uncle Wylie’s email address is wylie80(at)yahoo(dot)com

UPDATE: Uncle Wylie came home from the hospital on Sunday 22 May 2010. According to Melanie Fay, he is recovering nicely! Read More...

Jaden Ashley Rountree to graduate from Ocean Springs HS

On Tuesday evening, 25 May 2010, Jaden Ashley Rountree will graduate from Ocean Springs High School. Commencement exercises will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS. Jaden is the daughter of Jeffrey Scott Rountree and June Henderson Edmiston, granddaughter of Josephine Pierson “Josie” Rountree and great granddaughter of Joseph Daniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O’Brien (Uncle Joe and Aunt Dot)

Congratulations, Jaden! Family members can send love and congratulations to Jaden to her home address:

Jaden Ashley Rountree
702 Ridgewood Circle
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Laura Dianne Berkstresser to graduate from Holtville HS

On Tuesday evening, 25 May 2010, Laura Dianne Berkstresser will graduate from Holtville High School in Deatsville, AL. The commencement exercises will be held at Boykin Field. Laura is the daughter of Richard Kyle and Leigh Ann Lewis Berkstresser, granddaughter of Laura Emily Albritton Berkstresser and great granddaughter of Walter Matthew and Caroline Johnson Albritton (Uncle Walter and Aunt Caroline).

Congratulations, Laura! Family members can send love and congratulations to Laura to her home address:

Laura Dianne Berkstresser
316 Lewis Road
Deatsville, AL 36022

2 June 2010 - Laura’s father, Richard, Jr., has sent additional information about Laura. She is already quite an accomplished lady! As noted above, Laura graduated on 25 May, but you should also know that she graduated as the Valedictorian of Holtville High School Class of 2010 and is the recipient of many honors and scholarships. Click “Read more” to see the whole story on this Auburn-bound scholar....


Zachary Lee Huddleston is baptized

Zachary Lee Huddleston was baptized on Sunday, April 25, 2010, during the morning worship service at First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka.  Zach is the son of Neva (Borders) and Brian Huddleston of Auburn.  He is the grandson of Nancy (O'Brien) and Lee Borders, and the great-grandson of Joyce and Mickey O'Brien and great-great-grandson of Dorothy and Joe O'Brien (Aunt Dot and Uncle Joe). ...


Caroline Haddox Johnson off to Russia

The Johnson family members are definitely flung far and wide! We have news from Caroline Haddox “Carrie” Johnson that she will soon be starting a new job in Samara, Russia teaching Engish. She is scheduled to “leave the 15th of October and start the 18th or somewhere around there.” Carrie is very fluent in French, and since she graduated from Tulane, she has been teaching in a French language school in New Orleans.

Carrie is the daughter of Wylie Benjamin and Jessica Henry Johnson and grandson of Wylie Pierson and Lurene Hall Johnson (Uncle Wylie and Aunt “Dolly”).

Bon voyage, Carrie, and stay warm! Looks like you’ll be arriving just ahead of the Russian winter. Family members can wish her a safe journey at carrie17h(at)gmail(dot)com. Read More...

Jacob Stephen Albritton graduates from Macon-East Montgomery Academy

On Thursday evening, 20 May 2010, 7:00 P.M., Jacob Stephen “Jake” Albritton will graduate from Macon-East Montgomery Academy. The commencement exercises will be held at the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL. The baccalaureate service will precede graduation on Sunday afternoon, 16 May 2010 at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Readers may recall that Jake was recently honored as Alabama Independent Schools Association (AISA) Lineman of the Year for 2009. ...


Iowa Family Reunion - the finale?

We are sad to report that the Johnson Family Reunion to be held on 13 June 2010 in Elliott, Iowa may be the last of it’s kind for our Iowa cousins. As always, they issue a kind invitation to all the Seth and Neva Kate Carmichael Johnson Family to attend. (Please click the “Read More...” link below to read the invitation.) This is an opportunity that may not come again. Family members, if you who are interested in attending, please send an email message to Jean at johnsonreunion(at)brooknet(dot)com. Road trip anyone? ... Read More...

John Robert ("Robbie") Flomer, III to wed Jessica Louise Adams

We are happy to announce that John Robert ("Robbie") Flomer, III will wed Jessica Louise Adams on 14 May 2010. They will marry at Bonner’s Point in Wetumpka, AL. See the wedding invitation.

Robbie is the son of John Robert Flomer, Jr., grandson of John Robert and Margie Helen Albritton Flomer and great-grandson of Walter Matthew and Caroline Johnson Albritton (Uncle Walter and Aunt Caroline). ...


Jennifer Lynn Collier will receive law degree from Univ. of Mississippi

We will soon have another attorney in the family! Jennifer Lynn Collier will receive her Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Mississippi on Saturday, 8 May 2010. Commencement exercises will take place in Oxford at 11:00 A.M. in “The Grove” at the University of Mississippi. See the announcement. ...


Welcome, Orson Alexander Johnson, IV!

We are pleased to announce the birth of Orson Alexander Johnson, IV on 31 March 2010 at Baptist Medical Center East in Montgomery. The proud parents are Orson Alexander (“Andy”, III) and Terry Johnson. Baby Orson Alexander weighed in at 6 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.

Want to see all the cute pictures of the baby? Go to this website to see them. Be sure to sign his guestbook there. He has his own webpage already! ...


Lore Chapman Poundstone Parks passes

On Tuesday, 6 April 2010, Lore Chapman Poundstone Parks passed away. The funeral service is at 11:30 a.m. at The First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. A private graveside service for family will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to The First Baptist Church of Montgomery in lieu of flowers. Please see Cousin Lore’s obituary published in the Montgomery Advertiser on 7 April:


Cousin Lore was the daughter of Wylie and Lore Henderson Poundstone, granddaughter of Emmett and May Johnson Poundstone and great-granddaughter of Dave and Myrtle Stennett Johnson. Dave was a brother of Seth Johnson, Sr..

We send our sympathy and love to the family of Lore Parks. Please keep them in your prayers.


Happy Easter from the Parley Johnson, Jr. family!

Parley Johnson (Parley Philip , Jr.) and wife Callie sent us these photos of their sons Luke McIntyre Johnson (desert fatigues) and Parley Philip (“Tracy”) Johnson, III, with his sister Callie Elizabeth “Beth” Johnson Graham. They also included a snap of their grandson Kaden Michael Graham (son of Joey and Beth Graham.) Kaden is really enjoying his Easter!

Both Luke and Tracy serve in the United States Marine Corps and will be deployed overseas. Tracy is already in Bosnia and Luke will soon be in the war zone in Afghanistan. Their brother-in-law, Joey Graham, is also a Marine. He returned home from service in Iraq just about one year ago.

(Be sure to click on “Read more” to see the pictures enlarged and get further information in the captions.) ...


Terry and Andy Johnson will soon welcome a son

We received news back in November that Andy and Terry Johnson would be expecting a new addition to their family in April of 2010. The time is almost here, and we’re glad to report that Terry is doing well. They are expecting a little boy, and his name will be Orson Alexander Johnson IV....


Gloria Alexandra Johnson earns another high honor in gymnastics

Wonderful news about another Johnson sports champion. We hear from Jimmy Johnson that, on Saturday, 27 March, his daughter Gloria Alexandra Johnson earned a spot on the Second All-SEC Team at the SEC Gymnastics Championships in Jacksonville. See the LSU sports information press release below. Readers may recall that in February 2009, Gloria was named SEC Freshman Gymnast of the week two weeks in a row!...


Wylie P. Johnson treasures Shrine affiliation

Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie) treasures his affiliation over many years with two Shrine Temples in Alabama. Shriners International is “a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.” The organization is well known for its 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout North America that help children with orthopedic problems and burn injuries. Of his years in the Shrine, Uncle Wylie writes,

I was a Noble in the Zamora Shrine Temple in Birmingham 1956-1980. I was Director of the Zamora Greeters Unit 1957 and 1958 and in the Zamora Circus Unit 1960 to 1976 when I moved to Montgomery. I transferred my membership to Alcazar [Shrine in Montgomery] about 1980, but did not transfer it back to Zamora when I came back to Birmingham.

Click here or photo of WPJ above right for more photos. ...


Snow comes to Birmingham!

We shared the photos from Benjamin Seth Johnson of the big snow that hit D.C. in the first week of February 2010. Well, it turns out that Birmingham, AL got its share the next week. No, it wasn’t the massive storm that hit the mid-Atlantic, but still enough to slow things down a bit so that we had a little “Winter Wonderland” of our own. Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie) and his daughter Melanie Fay Johnson shared these photos of the 3”-4” snow that fell at their home, Carmichael Hall, atop Shades Mountain in Vestavia. The snow fell on Friday, 12 February 2010. These photos were taken at 0700 the next morning, Saturday, 13 February. ...


Harley Grandin wins rowing championship

It’s official... our cousin Harley Grandin is a rowing champion! On February 7, Harley won the 11th Annual Peninsula Indoor Rowing Championship in the Lightweight Men’s Division, 2000 meter event. The event was held at Canada College in Redwood, CA. With a time of 6:52.3, Harley also set a new personal record! Harley was in 4th place for most of the race, but he gave a hard finishing sprint to win the very tight race. Second place finished only .4m behind Harley, and the top 3 finished within .3 seconds of each other. ...


A Snowy Wonderland in D.C.

Over much of the Mid-Atlantic, Mother Nature has dressed the landscape in soft white and sparkling crystal. Yes, this snow can be treacherous, but it is oh so beautiful! While many bemoaned the drudgery of digging out and trudging through, at least one Johnson cousin saw the beauty of it, enjoyed it, and shared it. These photos were made by Benjamin Seth Johnson in the Soapstone Valley. It is an area of Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.. That’s right - in the District of Columbia - within the borders of our nation’s capitol! By the way, the lovely young lady in one of the photos is Seth’s fiance, Rebecca Wearb,

See all Seth’s photos of Soapstone Valley here. Benjamin Seth Johnson is son of Wylie Benjamin and Jessica Henry Johnson and grandson of Wylie Pierson and Lurene Hall Johnson (Uncle Wylie and Aunt “Dolly”).

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Seth! Stay warm! ...


More news from the O'Brien Family

The birth of Zachary Lee Huddleston is not the only news in the O’Brien Family. Joyce O’Brien gave us a health update on her daughter Belinda Joyce "Lindy" O'Brien Mastin. ... Lindy’s knee has healed, and she is continuing rehab!... Joyce also had some great news about her great-niece Jaden Ashley Rountree! She is planning to attend college at Huntingdon next year, and she will be playing soccer there....


Welcome, Zachary Lee Huddleston!

The headline news in the O’Brien family is the birth of little Zachary Lee Huddleston! He was born on 29 January 2010 at 1:26 p.m. at East Alabama Medical Center in Auburn, Lee County, AL. He weighed in at 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. Proud mama and daddy are Brian and Neva Catherine Borders Huddleston. [See Zach’s photo album here!] ...


Jack Poundstone named Montgomery All-Metro Player of the Year

The accolades for young athletes in the Johnson family just keep coming! Jack Poundstone has been named the 2009 All-Metro Player of the Year by the Montgomery Advertiser in 1A-4A football. The 6-foot-1, 175 lb. senior led the Trinity High School Wildcats as starting quarterback for the past two years. This year the Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated and ranked No. 1 in their division. Jack passed for 3,026 yards and scored 28 TDs. He rushed for 623 yards and scored seven rushing TDs. His career total of 6,015 yards ranks Jack in the AHSAA’s top-10 players for total offense. He completed 251 of his 372 passes this season which is the third highest number of completions in a season in AHSAA history. He was named first-team All-State quarterback in the 3A division. See the many football milestones set by Jack Poundstone as compiled by Wesley Lyle in this Montgomery Advertiser article. It’s good reading that includes an interview with Jack on several topics. (Believe it or not, his favorite sport is baseball!) The photo of Jack here, taken by Julie Bennett, appeared in that article.

Jack Poundstone is the great-great-grandson of Dave Johnson who was brother of Seth Johnson. Jack is a fourth cousin to another great Johnson football player on whom we recently reported, Jake Albritton. These family relationships can be quite complicated, so Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie) shared the genealogical chart below to help clarify. Thank you, Uncle Wylie! These and other reports here on the Johnson Family website prove that there is definitely a strong athletic streak in those Johnson genes!

Congratulations, Jack!

Philip Paddleford Johnson
I                                   I
Seth Johnson      Siblings         Dave Johnson
I                                                    I
     Caroline J. Albritton   1st Cousins         May J. Poundstone
I                                                           I
Walter Albritton, Jr.       2nd Cousins         Wylie Poundstone
I                                                                         I
Steve Albritton                    3rd Cousins           Haygood Poundstone 
 I                                                                   I       
Jake Albritton              4th Cousins            Jack Poundstone