Samuel O. Johnson, 88, World War II veteran, banker

May 18, 2006

Samuel O. Johnson, a retired banker and former Trappe resident, died May 11 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Millsboro, Del. He was 88.

Mr. Johnson was born in Cambridge and raised in Denton, where he graduated from high school. He attended Goldie Beacom Business School in Wilmington, Del.

He served in the Army during World War II, and began his business career as a salesman for Colgate-Palmolive.

Mr. Johnson was an area supervisor and vice president of Equitable Bank for more than 20 years before retiring in 1980.

He had earlier lived in Westminster, and after retiring Mr. Johnson resided for a decade in Punta Gorda, Fla. He moved last year to Rehoboth, Del.

He was a former member of Westminster United Methodist Church, Lochearn Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cambridge, where he had been a choir member, lay speaker and elder.

Services were Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, the former Thelma Bradley; two daughters, Brenda S. Eaton of Rehoboth and Sarah J. Bauman of East New Market; three brothers, Paul K. Johnson of Ocean City, William F. Johnson of Lawton, Okla., and Luther M. Johnson of Bel Air; a sister, Virginia Davis of Pasadena; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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