William Franklin "Buddy" Johnson, 70, of Quincy died May 9, 2015. A native and lifelong resident of Gadsden County, he worked from the time he was six years old riding on the Double Cola truck with his father. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1962 and went on to earn his B.B.A. from the University of Georgia, where he played football and was a member of the Letterman's Club. Buddy also served in the Army National Guard. In 1970, he married Suzie McMillan Johnson and had two daughters.
Buddy loved his community and devoted much of his life to jobs supporting it. He was the City Manager of Quincy for nearly 20 years, spent 10 years as the Director of Florida Youth Conservation Corps and as Ombudsman for the Department of Environmental Protection, and finished his career with the CW Roberts Company until his retirement in 2013.
Buddy was a 45-year member of the Willacoochee Creek Hunting Club, a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, as well as the Florida Association of City and County Management, Florida Municipal Utilities Association and Twelve City Public Power Supply Committee. He loved to hunt, cook and watch the Georgia Bulldogs play football.
He is survived by his loving wife Suzie, his daughters Samantha Collier (Matt) of Tallahassee and Sarah Franklin Johnson of Birmingham, Alabama. He also leaves behind granddaughter Isabella Suzanne Marie Collier, his greatest joy. Other survivors include siblings Elizabeth Anne Johnson, Joyce Johnson Dunaway (Tom), John Craig Johnson (Betty) and Susan Brown Franks, bother-in-law Craig McMillan (Jane) and sister-in-law Cindy McMillan Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. & Mrs. Carl F. Johnson (Daisy) and Mrs. Mamie Summerford Brown, as well as siblings Margaret Barr Yerby, Thomas Barr and Harry Brown.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 11, at 11am ET at Centenary United Methodist Church in Quincy. Private burial followed.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Robert F. Munroe Day School (91 Old Mount Pleasant Road, Quincy, FL 32352) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (9700 Phillips Highway, #106 Jacksonville, FL 32256).
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL (850-627-7677), is in charge of arrangements.