Former Bowman High School student athlete Richard Johnson was inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 28 at Fayetteville State University.
At Fayetteville State, Johnson was an All CIAA performer, leading the league in interceptions in his junior year. In his senior year, he was named one of the team’s captains and was the recipient of the Leadership Award at the school athletic banquet.
Johnson paid tribute to his uncle, Felton (Lightning) Gaddy, for his untiring support, and Mrs. V.N. Price, his sixth- and eighth-grade teacher, and his high school coach, Lou Fogle, for their help during his school years. He especially honored his parents, J.W. and Gertrude Johnson, for his upbringing and their teachings.
“This award belongs to them,” he said.
Johnson was also a star athlete in football, wrestling and baseball at Bowman High School. He served as team captain in football and wrestling, and was one of the tri captains in baseball his senior year at Bowman High School. He also won the Agnes Hall award for Athlete of the Year his senior year.
He presently lives in Hickory with his wife Kathy, who is an apostle and the pastor of Greater Shekinah Glory Church. She is also the president and founder of Greater Dimensions College of Theology.
Their children Kandice (Mike and Michael David) Bannerman live in Raleigh, Lance (Courtney and Laila) Johnson in Chicago and Brent (Lindsey and Skylar) Johnson live in Conover, N.C.