SPRUCE PINE Fred "Monk" Allen Johnson, 73, of Dale Road in Spruce Pine, passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home. Born Feb. 22, 1945, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late James M. and Donnie Williams Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Edith Johnson Carter; and brothers, Cecil Johnson, Bill Laws, and "Jeeter" Jack Laws. Monk was retired from American Thread, where he had been a truck driver for many years. He was a member of Joppa Lodge #401 AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Old Fort. He attended Pleasant Gardens High School, where he was a naturally talented, superstar athlete. He continued his love of sports by playing basketball and softball in recreational and industrial leagues. He also enjoyed fishing, playing golf and visiting family and friends. He never met a stranger and was a friendly, gentle giant. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 years, Barbara Riddle Johnson of the home; son, Tim McKinney and wife, Julie; grandson, Aaron McKinney, all of Marion; brothers, Carl Johnson and wife, Pat, Tommy Johnson and James Lloyd Johnson, all of Marion; nephews, Chris Laws of Chicago, Ill., John Laws and Mack Laws of Marion, Kenny Riddle of Spruce Pine, Mike Riddle of Nebo and Keith Riddle of Marion; niece, Kathy Laws of Marion; and a special group of fishing buddies. The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service honoring the life of Monk Johnson Saturday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be held in the funeral home chapel from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Phillips Cemetery. Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website, www.webbfh.com, and selecting Fred Johnson's name. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Johnson family. Mr. Johnson's obituary has also been posted on Facebook for viewing.

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