Clarence Horton ‘Shorty’ Johnson Sr.


Clarence Horton “Shorty” Johnson Sr., age 85, of Pittsboro, passed away peacefully Monday, November 15, 2021, at home with his family by his side.

Shorty was born in Chatham County on April 17, 1936, to the late Jodie Jackson Johnson and Allie Williams Johnson. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Johnson, Red Johnson, and one sister, Sandy Joe Johnson.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Mollie Ann Morris Johnson; two sons, Shorty Johnson Jr. and wife Tammy of Siler City, Charles Johnson Sr. of Sumter, S.C.; one sister, Crystal Faye Long of Pittsboro; sister-in-law, Janice Johnson of Pittsboro; and seven grandchildren, Shenoah Buford and husband Christian, Nyckolas Johnson, Charles (Jay) Johnson, Jr. Tyler Davis, Abbey Davis, Kendall Mitchell and Jake Mitchell.

The family received friends Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at New Salem Church. The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. with Pastor Steve Moore presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made in Shorty’s memory to New Salem Church, 5030 Old Graham Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312 or Emmaus Baptist Church Building Fund, 2428 Silk Hope Gum Spring Road, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.

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Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Johnson family.