Henry Harold Johnson, Jr. went to his heavenly reward on September 1, 2023. First and foremost, he was a man of God and demonstrated that in all that he said and did. He went by many different names: Hank to his lovely wife DeThane; Daddy to his children Hal and Fran; Fafa to his grandchildren Hali, Thane, Keevyn, and Dohren. No matter what we called him or where we were from, he welcomed us all as family and friends and would do anything for his people.\nHank Johnson grew up in South Carolina from the coast to the hills. Inquisitive from the start and a storyteller till the end, he remembered details of life like no one we have ever known. He would tell us about u-boats off the coast of Folly Beach in WWII, hunting adventures, his Camp Greenville counselor days, football workouts in the heat of the Clemson Summer, and the sounds of the Tiger Rag echoing thru the hills to his hometown of Liberty.\nBorn to be a military man, Hank went to Gordon Military College for 2 years and then off to his beloved Citadel. Neither of these two places moved quickly enough for this warrior and when the Special Forces came calling at the Citadel, Hank left and enlisted in the military. He only paused for a short time to make the best decision of his life and married DeThane McKenzie who he cherished for 61 years.\nOver the course of the next 22 plus years, Hank Johnson went from Private to Staff Sergeant (promotable) and then received a direct commission – ultimately retiring as a Major. Among many others, his military awards include the Bronze Star (3) w/ Valor; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Medal (3); the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry; the Combat Infantryman’s Badge; the Master Parachutist Badge; and the Special Forces Qualification Tab. While this Special Forces soldier was being decorated for gallantry and valor, he moved from Hank Johnson the warrior, to Daddy and hero. From 1965 to 1983, he figured out a way to be the best husband, the greatest father, and an exceptional leader to his soldiers. A true gentleman and warrior.\nAfter the military, Hank continued his leadership and service on Hilton Head Island for 34 years. His passion for service continued at the Hilton Head Company, the Sea Pines Corporation, Melrose Plantation on Daufuskie Island, National Golf Course Owners Association, and his own company, Community Management Services. \nHank is survived by his wife, DeThane; his son Henry Harold III; his daughter Fran (Larry); his grandchildren Hali, Thane, Keevyn, and Dohren; his sister June; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and many more that called him friend. He is predeceased by his parents, his very special aunt O, and his brothers-in-law Truett, and Keny.\nAll the people that were touched by knowing this great man will miss him dearly. Hank, Daddy, Fafa, we love you. Well done, Sir, Be Thou at Peace.\n\nHank’s life will be celebrated on 11 September 2023 at Beaufort National Cemetery at 1:00 PM.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Folds of Honor at: \n\nFolds of Honor\nDepartment 13\nTulsa, OK 74182\n\nOr see link below for online contributions.