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Update: Stuart Johnson of JCO Marketing dies

Represented R.H. Peterson for more than 50 years

CONYERS, Ga. - Stuart Johnson of JCO Marketing, a R.H. Peterson Co. sales representative for more than 50 years, died unexpectedly Feb. 13.
"Stuart will be remembered for his leadership and passion for the hearth industry and for his love and generosity for his family and friends," according to a R.H. Peterson Co. announcement. "Stuart will be sorely missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Johnson joined the business started by his grandfather and began working with his father, Gordon Johnson, in 1963. Chuck Belcher was later added as a partner. In recent years, he turned the business over to his partners Jennifer O'Kelley (daughter) and Steve Carroll (long-time partner) along with his other children Jo Ellen Kuehnel and Mitch Johnson that currently compose this fourth generation business.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Barbara Turner Johnson. He is survived by wife Gloria Bach Johnson, three children, Jo Ellen Johnson-Kuehnel, Jennifer O'Kelley and her husband Gene, Mitch Johnson and his wife Mitsy, all of metro Atlanta; step-son Brad Hornibrook and wife Leslie of Birmingham, Ala.; sister Bonnie Billington of Decatur, Ga.; brother Ross Johnson of Montevallo, Ala.; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Clairemont (Decatur Condos), 417 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Ga., 30030. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at Valley Brook Baptist Church, 1198 North Valley Brook Road, Decatur, Ga., 30033.

Recommended lodging is the Courtyard Marriott, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Ga., 30030, (404) 371-0204,

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to the American Cancer Society. This can be done through their website,, or by mail to: American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St., Atlanta, Ga., 30303. If you make a donation in Stuart Johnson's memory, you can request that a note be sent to the family, c/o JCO Marketing, P.O. Box 80625, Conyers, Ga., 30013. All notes will be shared with the family.