By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Longtime political reporter Bob Johnson for the Associated Press, Birmingham Post Herald, and Montgomery Advertiser will be buried in Fultondale at Walker Chapel Funeral Home and Memorial Garden at 2:00 pm. Visitation is at 1:00 pm.
The ‘Birmingham News’ obituary:
“Aug. 31, 1949-May 13, 2016 Bob Johnson, age 66 of Gardendale, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016. He attended Church of the Highlands. He graduated from and was an avid and proud fan of The University of Alabama. Bob retired after over 40 years of service as a journalist for various media outlets, the last 14 years with the Associated Press. He is survived by his children, Robby Johnson (Becky), Michelle Johnson, and Whitney Johnson; grandchildren, Christian Johnson, Zylayah Johnson, Malik Johnson, Kayden Johnson, and Brooks Johnson; he is also survived by many friends and colleagues. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Walker Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Jerrel Brown and Pastor Jamil Gilleylen officiating. Interment will follow at Walker Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Walker Chapel Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 205-849-5000, Fultondale.”
Alabama Political Reporter editor Bill Britt said, “Bob is gone from this life but not from the hearts of those who knew him. His spirit lives on at the State House, in the men and women who learned from him and those who did not but want to be honest journalist. He is missed but will never be forgotten.
Voice of Alabama panelist and former press secretary for Gov. Fob James (R), Claire Austin said, “I had the pleasure of working with Bob for over 18 years. Bob was always pleasant and kind, he will truly be missed by many on Goat Hill, throughout his career as a journalist.”
Alabama Political Reporter associate editor Susan Britt said that, “His legacy will live out through the writings of his protégés and those that they train to follow in their footsteps.
Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) said, “Bob Johnson was not only a friend but also one of the most honest and truthful reporters I have known with the press. I will miss him, as many of us will. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Johnson retired two years ago from The Associated Press nearly two years ago, has died. He was 66.