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David E. Johnson

POSTED: June 4, 2014 10:19 a.m.

David E. Johnson, 72, of Dawsonville, died May 26, 2014.

Born May 9, 1942, in Edison to the late James V. and Jewel Johnson, he had lived in Dawson County for the past 17 years, having moved from Cumming.

Mr. Johnson was a 1962 graduate of Arlington High School and spent his career in the flexible packaging industry.

In 1976, along with a partner, he opened a company called Flex-On. In 1988, he acquired SleeveCo and moved the company to Dawsonville in the mid-1990s.

He was one of the founders of Chestatee State Bank and was a U.S. Army veteran.

David enjoyed golfing and entertaining family and friends. In his later years, he especially enjoyed his grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Pop."

Five sisters and brothers preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Malinda H. Johnson of Dawsonville; children, Joan and Eric Grabau of Gainesville, James Johnson of Dawsonville, Beverly and Martin Wilson of Big Canoe; grandchildren, Tyler and Drew Grabau, Lauren, Nathan and Blake Wilson; sister, Ora Lee Smith of Marietta; various other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. May 29 in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Jim Gaines officiating. Interment followed at Georgia National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Can't Never Could, which is dedicated to helping provide financial support for brain cancer patients. Contributions can be made at

Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.



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