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Joe Johnson Endowment Established At Northwest

Joe Johnson
Photo courtesy of Northwest Community College

The Joe Johnson Endowed Scholarship has been established at Northwest Mississippi Community College by Trudy Hall of Charlottesville, Virginia, and her late husband, retired Colonel Charles R. Johnson, Jr., according to Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects. 

The scholarship was established just prior to Col. Johnson’s death in January 2017. Johnson, a native of Bruce, had also established a scholarship in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bert Johnson, a longtime teacher at Bruce High School.

In addition to Hall and his father, Joe is surrounded by a devoted family including his mother, Carol Narden of Sarasota, Florida; his brother, retired Colonel Sam Johnson, sister-in-law, Carol, and their children, Noel and Brad, of McMurray, Pennsylvania and his sister, Wendy Johnson of Providence, Rhode Island.

Joe Johnson has been a long-time resident of The Baddour Center.  Born in Germany, his father’s military career enabled him to live in Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tampa, Florida; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Ft. Devens, Massachusetts; and Washington, DC, before settling happily at The Baddour Center in 1981.

Parke Pepper, executive director of The Baddour Center, describes Joe as someone who makes friends easily, with his winning personality and his innocent view of the world around him.  “He understands the simplicity of trust, and he has the awesome ability to experience life with unbridled joy and wonder,” said Pepper.

According to Pepper, at The Baddour Center Joe has employment opportunities as well as opportunities for a variety of sports and leisure time activities.

Canon expressed her appreciation for this first-of-its-kind scholarship. “This is the first time a scholarship has been established to honor someone with special needs. Having known Joe, Col. Johnson, and Trudy for 35 years, my own life has been blessed uniquely by each one of them. Now that blessing will be extended to Northwest students for generations to come.  It is such an honor for the Northwest Foundation to be a part of honoring Joe,” said Canon.

The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year. Students applying must indicate that they are planning a career in special education. The deadline for applying for scholarships is April 1.  For additional information, please contact the Foundation Office at 662-560-1112 or email pgordon@northwestms.edu.

Courtesy of Northwest Community College
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