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1958 Herman 2021

Herman Curtis “Rabbit” Johnson

February 11, 1958 — September 13, 2021

Herman Curtis Johnson, 63, passed away on September 13, 2021 in his home in Butner, North Carolina. He was fondly known as “Rabbit” by family and close friends.

Curt was born on February 11, 1958, in Durham to Robert and Virgie Johnson, who preceded him in death. Also, preceding him in death were brothers, David Johnson, RB Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, and Larry Johnson, as well as sisters, Louise Tyler, Carol Heider, Brenda Johnson, Sharon Johnson, Gloria Johnson, Betty Hall, and Mary Stephenson. He is survived by his wife, Janie, brothers, Billy Johnson (Rhonda), Tommy Johnson (Betty), Earl Johnson (Pat), and sisters, Nettie Cox, Linda West (Dean), and Pam Johnson. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

Curt faithfully served his country in the US military for twenty years.

An avid Duke fan, he thrived for football season but thoroughly enjoyed almost anything sports related. He will be missed for his open heart, generosity, love and loyalty, and his larger-than-life personality. Curt had a special talent for cooking and was known for sharing his tasty dishes with everyone. He delighted in bringing joy to others with his jokes, pranks, card tricks, and quick wit and his happy smile was contagious. “Rabbit” adored and was adored by all who knew him.

His wife, Janie, would like to extend a special thank you to Amedisys Hospice and friends, Terri Parker and Larry and Cindy Nichols.

Services will be held on Friday, September 17th, at 11:00am at Hudson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Doug Vaughan officiating, followed by burial at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. The family respectfully requests all guests wear masks and practice social distancing.

Pallbearers will be Larry Nichols, Mark Louden, Mike Cox, Buck Johnson, Bob Heider, Dean West. Honorary pallbearer will be Terence Albino.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 626 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Hudson Funeral Home Chapel

211 S Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

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Oak Grove Memorial Gardens

3712 Cheek Rd, Durham, NC 27704

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