Rex Edward Johnson, age 71, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital.

A native of Mitchell County, Rex was born on November 3, 1947, to the late Ed and Mildred Woody Johnson. Rex was a United States Army veteran having served in Vietnam. He was an avid photographer who loved to photograph nature. Rex loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a loving husband and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Margaret McKinney Johnson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Danny and Elizabeth Ledford of Morganton; one nephew, Christopher Edward McKinney (Andrea) of Spruce Pine; one uncle, Franklin Woody of Burnsville and a number of cousins.

A funeral service to celebrate Rex's life will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Beam Funeral Service.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to service. Interment with military honors provided by the United States Army will take place at Spruce Pine City Cemetery following the service.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make a donation in memory of Rex are asked to consider Gideons International, P.O. Box 1166, Marion, NC 28752.

Beam Funeral Service is assisting the Johnson family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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