Frances Smith Johnson

Resident of Gainesville

Frances Smith Johnson, age 94, of Gainesville, GA passed away on September 24, 2018. 

She was a native of Long Island New York. Fran Johnson served as a secretary to General Eisenhower in Frankfurt, Germany 1945-1946 assisting in the wrapping up after the war's end, and served with him at SHAEF headquarters and also at the Pentagon. 

While in Frankfurt, Fran met a dashing Major in the Air Force (Burr N. Johnson, Jr.) who she subsequently married, raised six children with (Burr III, Nancy, Peter, Wendy, Tracy, and Kelly) in Washington, DC.  Burr III died while in the military in 1977 and Burr Jr. died in 1980.  

Once children were raised, at age 40, Fran immersed herself in Development work at Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, MD, St. Albans School for Boys on the close of the Washington National Cathedral, then after retiring and moving to Boca Raton, FL, she did development work for Gulf Stream School—breaking and exceeding all prior fundraising goals at all three schools.  

Upon Frans's second retirement, she moved to Dahlonega to be near her life-long best friend (who, also served in the Army—WAC's—with Fran) Mary Miller of Dahlonega.  The best friends then moved in to the assisted living community of Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, GA.  Fran then met and married a widower, John C. Hunt in 2005 (she had been single for 26 years).

Fran Johnson is preceded by her husband, Burr N. Johnson Jr. and son Burr N Johnson III.   She is survived by husband, John C. Hunt, son: Peter and Kelly Johnson, daughters: Wendy Evans, Nancy Rucinski, Tracy Frate, Step-daughter: Kathy Martin and Step-son John C. Hunt, she is also survived by 16 grandchildren.

A military honors burial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA at a later date to be determined.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home 20 Gibson Road Dahlonega, GA 30533.

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Phone: 706-864-3613
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