"Everybody calls him the mayor of Sweet Auburn, but I knew him as a wonderful father," said a daughter, Deneen Johnson Jordan of Atlanta. "He loved his family, and spending time with his grandchildren."
On Oct. 28, Charles Edward Johnson of Stone Mountain died from complications of prostate cancer at his home. He was 70. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue. Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In 1984, Mr. Johnson relocated to Atlanta for a change of pace. The marketing manager and advertising executive started an e-commerce business called 2nd Office Business Services, Inc., located on Auburn Avenue.
Mr. Johnson embraced and promoted the entire Fourth Ward, not just Sweet Auburn Avenue. He supported development on Edgewood Avenue, Jesse Hill Jr. Drive and beyond.
In a statement, Atlanta District 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall said Auburn Avenue has lost one of its biggest champions.
"Charles Johnson was a tireless advocate for Sweet Auburn," he wrote. "Even in ill health, he was attending neighborhood meetings and preparing his next festival."
Additional survivors include another daughter, Deborah Johnson Kadle of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sons, Michael Johnson of Philadelphia and Khalil Islam of Atlanta; two sisters, Josephine Smith of Denver, Colo., and Lillian Johnson of Philadelphia; three brothers, Eugene Johnson, William Johnson and George Johnson, all of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.