Helen Hocutt Johnson

Helen Hocutt Johnson

Helen Hocutt Johnson
November 19, 1931 – July 13, 2017

WENDELL – Helen Hocutt Johnson, 85, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, July 13, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Millard Aaron Johnson; son, Michael A. Johnson (Patsy) of Urbandale, IA and daughter, Pamela I. Earp (Robert) of Zebulon, NC; grandchildren, Denny Ide, Jr. (Sarah) of Clayton, NC and Jessica Ide Walker (Samuel) of Wendell, NC; great grandchildren, Hannah Ide and Samuel Chase Walker; also many nieces and nephews. Helen is preceded in death by her siblings, Lilian, Gladys, Maggie, Grace, G.E. “Buck” Hocutt, Paul Vernon Hocutt and special brother Cecil Hocutt.

Helen graduated from Corinth Holders High School in 1951. In the same year she was married to Aaron Johnson and they lived in Texas until 1953 when they made their return to North Carolina. Helen worked as a cashier at Johnny’s Drive In, Raleigh, NC, for two years before working an additional 3 years at Aaron’s Drive In. In 1962, they bought Dolphin’s Restaurant and operated for 14 years before selling the business.

She was a “Mama” to a lot of young men when they were out of line, discouraged, misbehaved and disgusted with home life and school, those of whom also referred to her as “Sugar Bear.” She valued the young and the future all while staying God Fearing. Helen had a big heart for family, friends and anyone in need.

Helen has battled with COPD since December 1999.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to Transitions Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC

Funeral service 11 am, Monday Baptist Tabernacle Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation 3-4:30 pm, Sunday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell & other times at the home. www.stricklandfuneral.com


  • Denise Parker Posted July 14, 2017 5:12 pm

    Sending love and prayers. God Speed!!!

  • Connie Johnson Posted July 14, 2017 7:38 pm

    Uncle Aaron…we are so very sad to say goodbye to Aunt Helen. What a special lady. The love story you two shared was so beautiful. Please know we are praying for all of you during this sad time. With Love, Mat, Connie, and family.

  • LuAnne Underhill Posted July 16, 2017 2:01 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to the family. Her and mom are in heaven, pain free and reminiscing about all of the great times our families shared together.

  • Baldie Bissette Posted July 17, 2017 7:41 am

    Mr. Johnson, saddened to hear of Ms. Helen’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and so very fortunate to have you as her life’s partner.. Your dedication to her is admired by all who know you. – God Bless in this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing her struggle is over and she is with the Lord.

  • Angela Capps Kearney Posted September 28, 2017 9:51 am

    Pam, so sorry to read of your mother’s passing. I saw her last year at the Harvest Festival and talked with her a little bit. She was so sweet and thanked me for stopping to speak with her. I will keep your family in my prayers.

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