In Memoriam: Roberts P. Johnson ‘65

The Rev. Roberts Poinsett Johnson III, Class of 1965, died May 25, 2018. A resident of Mountain Brook, Alabama since 1983, Johnson was born in Winnfield, Louisiana, August 30, 1940, and served as an Episcopal priest for 52 years.

Johnson began his ministry at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana, where he met his future wife, and served in the church there as well as in several other churches in Louisiana. In 1983, following 5 years as Headmaster of St. Matthew's Episcopal School in Houma, Louisiana, he came to Alabama to serve as an associate at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mtn. Brook. He then served as an interim rector at St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands, Birmingham, until he was called to be rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Hoover, in 1987.

Johnson remained at St. Albans until his retirement in 2006. He then was asked to be an interim part-time rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama, and remained there for 7 years. He served as Dean of the Birmingham Convocation for several years, and has been a long time member of Shades Valley Rotary Club.

The only child of a U.S. Air Force colonel, Johnson attended schools in many different places. Following high school graduation from Wiesbaden American High School in Wiesbaden, Germany, he attended Louisiana State University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and graduated in 1962. His marriage to Barbara Jane Boasberg in 1969 at Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans was eventually followed by the birth of a son and a daughter.

Loved by so many, Johnson is survived by his wife, Janie, his son Roberts R Johnson IV (Jade), his daughter, Wendy Johnson Burroughs (Brian) and his 6 grandchildren. Hunter, Preston and Justin Johnson and Jane, William and Samuel Burroughs. He is preceded in death by his parents Colonel and Mrs. R. Poinsett Johnson, Jr. of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The funeral service will be at St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:00p.m. Interment will be in New Orleans at a later date.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the loving and compassionate caregivers who so faithfully attended to Rev. Johnson at the end of his life.