Calling hours this evening, funeral Friday for Dr. Laurie Johnson.

Calling hours this evening, funeral Friday for Dr. Laurie Johnson.

Dr. Laurie Davis Johnson, aged 61, of Rome, Ga., passed away suddenly Sunday night, June 30, 2019, from complications from illness.

“Dr. J” was born in Richmond, Va., on March 22nd, 1958, the youngest child of Dr. Hiram W. Davis and Mrs. Shirley D. Davis. “Dr. J” was an integral part of the communities of Rome and Cartersville for over 30 years, best known for her counseling/coaching practice at the Skills for Living Institute, which she founded, and her Saturday morning radio program, “Skills for Living with Dr. J”, on WLAQ  1410 AM and 96.9 FM.

“Dr. J” is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Dan R. Johnson, and her four children; two sons, Hiram Davis Johnson and Abraham Branch Johnson, and two daughters, Mamie Powers Johnson and O’Keefe Maxie Johnson. A host of siblings, nieces, and nephews also survive.

There will be a visitation with family and friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, in Rome on Wednesday, July 3 from 5-7 pm, starting with a Biblical Wake at 5 pm offered by Deacon Stuart Neslin. The funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m. with Father. Rafael Carballo officiating, assisted by Deacon Stuart Neslin. Following the funeral Mass, there will be a reception in the Church Social Hall.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel.


Dr. Laurie Johnson


Dr. Laurie Johnson, known for her Saturday morning show on WLAQ AM 1410 and 96.9 FM as well as her counseling/coaching practice, has died following a battle with Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma. She passed away early Monday.

Johnson was known for her encouraging advice to others, especially in times of struggle. Her Facebook page featured this post to friends and fans just a few days ago:

“Thanks SO much to all the friends, family and friends helping me make it the “faith raft” I’m riding in this midst of this battle with Diffusive, Large Cell Lymphoma. Walking what I’ve preached, thanks to all God’s grace and everyone’s love and expertise. Tomorrow, I may be crawling–but God is good, all the time.”

Elizabeth Davis, vice president of Talk Radio WLAQ and host of the weekday “Good Morning Rome” broadcast, says she heard the news while on the air Monday morning. Davis told of a recent visit with Johnson and not knowing it would be their last.

“She just encouraged people to chase their dreams … to be a dream chaser,” Davis said Monday afternoon. “She used her own situations to encourage others… Now she’s getting to see Heaven with her own eyes.”

Visitation for family and friends is set for Henderson and Sons Funeral Home-South Chapel on Wednesday, July 3, from 5-7 p.m. with a Biblical Wake officiated by Deacon Stuart Neslin. A funeral Mass to be officiated by Father Rafael Carballo will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception in the Parish Hall, lower level of the Church. Interment in the Parish Memorial Garden will take place at a later date.

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