William Woodward Johnson
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William Woodward Johnson
  • February 16, 1931 - July 14, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Services for William W. “Hootie” Johnson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 17, 2017 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, with private burial in Eastminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church in Thompson Hall immediately following the service. Mr. Johnson died Friday, July 14, 2017 at the age of 86.



Hootie Johnson was a former Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bank of America’s Board of Directors. He had also served on the Boards of Directors of Alltel Corporation, Duke Energy Corporation, Liberty Corporation and Stephens, Inc.



He was the husband of Pierrine Baker Johnson and was the son of the late Dewey H. and Mabel Woodward Johnson. He was born in Augusta, Georgia.



Mr. Johnson held a BS Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina as well as an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree. Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degrees were also conferred upon him by the Medical University of South Carolina and Lander University.



He served as Chairman of both the South Carolina Ports Authority and the South Carolina Research Authority, as well as was a member of The South Carolina State Development Board. Mr. Johnson also served as Chairman of the Committee to Develop a Plan of Desegregation of the National Urban League. He was a Laureate of the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. The State newspaper named Mr. Johnson as one of South Carolina’s 15 most influential business leaders of the 20th Century.



Mr. Johnson, an independent, was active in politics serving as Finance Chairman for Governor Robert McNair, Governor Carroll Campbell, Governor David Beasley, Senator Strom Thurmond, Senator Bob Dole, and President George H. Bush.



Mr. Johnson was Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and Chairman of the Masters Tournament from 1998-2006 and Chairman Emeritus from 2006-present. He held memberships in Biltmore Forest Country Club, Forest Lake Club, the Palmetto Club, the Flamenco Club, and the Centurion Club.



Memorials may be made to the USC Moore School of Business. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.



In addition to his wife, Pierrine, Mr. Johnson is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Chuck Todd and Marie and John Fairey all of Columbia, Sally and Ronnie Wrenn of Charlotte, and Jane and Dan Breeden of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Charlie Todd, Pierrine Todd Thomas, John Fairey, Jr., Harriett Fairey Gilmer, William Fairey, Holt Wrenn, Sarah Wrenn, Mary Breeden, Sally Breeden, and Anne Breeden Pitt; great-granddaughters, Louise Thomas, Mabel Marie Gilmer, Florence Elizabeth Wrenn, and Elsie Fairey; great-grandsons, Robert Gilmer, John Gilmer, John Fairey III, Willard Fairey, Gage Fairey, William Thomas, Charles Todd IV, and Dewey Wrenn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Ellington and his brother, D. Wellsman Johnson.



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