Ben Terrell Johnson, III Ben Terrell Johnson, III, 72, of Greer, SC passed away on January 4, 2017. Mr. Johnson was born on October 15, 1944 in Cuthbert, GA to Jewell Torbert and Ben T. Johnson, Jr. He was a graduate of Albany High School Class of 1962, attended North Georgia College, and received his BBA from the University of Georgia in 1967. The first of his many years in the textile industry began in Gainesville, GA at Chicopee Manufacturing shortly after his 1965 marriage to Jean Reed. After more than 25 years working in manufacturing, sales, and equipment evaluation in the textile industry, he started his own company, Gleneagle Textiles. For the last 20 years, this company and the people he worked with were his passion. Mr. Johnson was in the GA Army National Guard, was a licensed pilot, was a member of many professional textile organizations, and was active in the Albany High School and North Georgia College Alumni Associations. In 2013, he became a Magistrate Judge in Spartanburg County, SC and proudly served until his retirement. Ben is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Brenna and Daniel Rivas of Dallas, TX, his grandsons, Ryan and Mack Rivas of Dallas, TX and his former wife, Jean Johnson of Buford, GA. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Wan Johnson, and nieces Jewell and Diane Johnson of Scottsdale, AZ. He is survived by many friends worldwide and his beloved German Shepherd, Remy. He is predeceased by his parents, Ben T. Johnson, Jr. (1978) and Jewell Torbert Johnson (1999), as well as his sister, Jamie K. Johnson (1997) and brother, John R. Johnson (2011). A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in Greenville, SC at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Fund at North Georgia College Foundation at PO Box 1599, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Contributions should note 'In Memory of Ben Johnson.' Contributions may also be made to the Cancer Research Institute at cancer research.org .
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