Charles Atkinson Johnson, III, 64, died Dec. 2, 2012, resulting from cancer, with his devoted partner Charlene Black at his side, at home on Sanibel.
"Chuck" was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Atlanta, Ga., to Charles Atkinson Johnson, Jr. and Marion Johnston Johnson.
The family moved to Clearwater, Fla., where Chuck attended public schools, graduating from Clearwater High School in 1966. His college education began at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and the University of South Florida in Tampa. During the Vietnam War he enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1968-1972), leaving service as the crew chief of an Anti-Submarine Warfare Patrol Plane.
Charles Johnson III
After serving his country he graduated from Florida Junior College in Jacksonville with an associate of arts in fine arts. In 1975 he began making award-winning, high design, hardwood furniture which he sold at art festivals throughout the South.
In 1980, having expanded his market, he was joined by brother, Jim in Johnson Brothers Furniture. By 2001 Chuck's career path led him to Harvard Jolly Architectural firm of Tampa, where he was employed until moving to Sanibel Island in 2011.
Johnson was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Lila Holley Johnson, brother, James Winslow Johnson (Genevieve), sister, Paula Johnson Lawrence (Graham); nieces and nephews, Charles Atkinson Johnson IV, Julia Lawrence and Marion Lawrence Snyder (Charles); grand nephew, Charles W. Snyder IV; and his beloved partner, Charlene Black, as well as many close lifelong friends.
A private celebration of life will be held at a time and place to be announced.