I, Herschel F. Johnson, was the first born bundle of joy of the proud parents Ernest Theodore Johnson and Pensacola Camper Johnson. I do not know the exact hour, but I shall never forget the date that the angels delivered me to East New Market, Maryland to meet my earthly parents -- July 17, 1940. It was the perfect time to begin a beautiful and innocent life as a child.
My formal education commenced at East New Market and Hurlock Elementary Schools. My family later relocated to Seaford, Delaware where I attended Frederick Douglas Elementary School. I completed my secondary education at Mace's Lane High School in Cambridge, Maryland, graduating in the magnificent class of 1958.
Upon fulfilling my secondary school requirements, indecisive about a future career, I enlisted in the United States Air Force. I proudly completed my military obligation and was honorably discharged, ready to meet the challenges of civilian life.
Realizing that goals are only achieved through perseverance and determination. I was gainfully employed in numerous capacities before launching a successful and rewarding career with the U.S. Postal Service, a career that endured for more than 38 years, the last 16 years as postmaster of Federalsburg, Maryland. Upon accepting the position in Federalsburg, little did I know that it would be the most rewarding career that I could ever imagine.
As a family man, I celebrated 54 years of blissful marriage to my devoted and loyal wife, Dorothy Reynolds Johnson. Together we reared our children and enjoyed the role of grandparents to our wonderful grandchildren.
With a sense of pride and devotion to my local community, my untiring efforts resulted in my presidency of the Friends of Stanley Institute, Inc., a local organization that has restored the Stanley Institute School, a one room African American school established in 1867. It remained open to educate local youth until 1962.
The Christ Rock United Methodist Church is across the road from the school. One of my greatest desires was to witness the rebirth of this religious institution.
I was an avid stamp collector. As a result, I was a member of "ESPER", a national stamp club, and the Tidewater Stamp Club.
Intrigued by family orientation and family unity, I proudly maintained and frequently updated a family tree of both my maternal and paternal families. It is my greatest desire that it will become an heirloom that my children will continue to upkeep.
For decades I attempted to render dedicated and exemplary service to the inhabitants of Dorchester Count through active participation in various organizations:
• Dorchester County Board of Education
• Board of Directors Choptank Community Health System, Inc,
• Choptank Electric Board of Directors
• Dorchester County School Board Minority Achievement Task Force
• Dorchester General Hospital Association Board
• Choptank Region History Network
• CASA of the Mid-Shore Board of Directors
• Board of Directors County Recreation and Parks
• Dorchester County Historical Society Board of Directors
• Board of Directors Dorchester County Heritage Board
• President East New Market Heritage Committee
• Treasurer Dorchester County NAACP
• Treasurer Mace's Lane Alumni Association
• Treasurer Mace's Lane High School Class of 1958
• Vice President Mace's Lane Community Center
• Treasurer Camper/Fisher Reunion Committee
• Coach Dorchester Youth Basketball League (54 yrs.)
• City of Cambridge Historical Preservation Committee
Many of my loved ones including my grandparents, parents and stepfather William Sampson, my son Larnell Johnson, my siblings Alphonso and James Dotson and numerous other family members and friends preceded me in concluding life's journey.
Entrusted to proceed with my legacy are my wife Dorothy, my children, Demetria Potter (Charles), Timothy Johnson, Rodney Johnson and Jeffrey Chester (Tonya): my grandchildren, Turhan Potter (Monica), Sherron Potter, Shawn Conway, Tekia Johnson, Teivon ( Brianna) Johnson, Rodshekia Newton, Shamekia (Kweku) Kingnabi, Sydney Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Mykera Newton, Tyree Gregory and Antoine Gregory, 17 great grandchildren; my siblings, Sylvia Dickerson, Clevon Johnson, Elaine Blake, Brenda Johnson, a bonus brother Norman Outen, devoted friends; William Jarmon and William Batson and a host of other relatives and friends.
I have crossed that glorious river,
That leads from life to death.
The journey was one of victory.
For my life on earth was set.
To those who loved me dearly
I leave these words of cheer.
Drown out your days of sorrow,
For through God, I am always near.