Thomas Elsom Johnson Jr. died at The Colonnades on July 17, 2020. He was born on August 21, 1925, to Thomas Elsom Johnson Sr. and Angie McCauley Johnson in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived and worked his entire life except for a 3-year stint in the U.S. Navy. Elsom was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, his parents; three siblings, Irma Sheahan, Paul Johnson, and Crystal Coleman; as well as a daughter, Hollie J. Tapscott. He is survived by three daughters, Jackie Lockwood, Denny Van Deman (John) and Shelley North (Gary). He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Bryan (Wendy) Lockwood, Michelle (Chris) Peper, Amanda (Thomas) Gutierrez, Luke Van Deman (Kristin), Scott (Lesley) North, Dana (Sean) Nowell and Kent North; 16 great-grandchildren, Riley and Camryn Lockwood, Hayden, Townes and Quinlyn Peper, Samantha, Anthony, Nicole, Sofia and Alexander Gutierrez, Saier, Deiliana, Galea, Leonie and Thaven Nowell, and Emmett Elsom North. Elsom was much-loved by his family and friends including a number of nieces and nephews. He was a life-long Christian, a role which he took very seriously. He was baptized at First Baptist Church; then he and Barbara became charter members of Jefferson Park Baptist Church. In their later years they moved their memberships to University Baptist Church. He was a deacon and served in many capacities over the years at each of these churches. His favorite scripture verse was James 1:22: "But be ye doers of the WORD and not hearers only"; he certainly lived the meaning of this every day of his adult life. After graduating from Lane High School in 1943, Elsom joined the U.S. Navy where he trained as an aviation machinist. When he came home in 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Bishop. He worked as an auto mechanic before joining Sperry Marine Systems where he worked for 31 years as a draftsman. He was proud of the 18 gallons of blood he donated to the American Red Cross, as well as his 50 years as an Election Official in the city of Charlottesville (for which he was recognized). Elsom also served on the City of Charlottesville School Board in the early 1970s and was very supportive of the establishment of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). After he retired from Sperry in 1987, he took up tennis and played with a group of seniors until he was 90 years old. He also enjoyed driving for private clients and for rental car companies and dealers transferring cars from city to city and airport to airport. His love of driving and cars continued throughout his lifetime. He also loved boats and airplanes! Elsom and Barbara were lifetime supporters of UVA sports and attended football games at Scott Stadium for nearly 60 years. They enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Elsom donated his body to the Virginia State Anatomical Program for medical research. There will be a memorial service at a later date. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff at The Colonnades and, in particular, to the Reminiscence Community, as well as the staff of The Hospice of the Piedmont for their dedicated care of Elsom in his final year of life. Suggested donations to The Hospice of the Piedmont, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville-Albemarle Municipal Band, or the American Red Cross.
THIS PRODUCT COVERS EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND, NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA **LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODING...STRONG WINDS AND RISK OF TORNADOES TODAY** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - NONE * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ANNE ARUNDEL, ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA, CALVERT, CARROLL, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY, CHARLES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, FAIRFAX, KING GEORGE, NORTHERN BALTIMORE, NORTHWEST HARFORD, NORTHWEST HOWARD, NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY, PRINCE GEORGES, PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK, SOUTHEAST HARFORD, SOUTHERN BALTIMORE, SPOTSYLVANIA, ST. MARYS, AND STAFFORD * STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 180 MILES SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC OR ABOUT 210 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF BALTIMORE MD - 36.3N 77.5W - STORM INTENSITY 70 MPH - MOVEMENT NORTH-NORTHEAST OR 20 DEGREES AT 28 MPH SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS WILL MOVE RAPIDLY TO THE NORTH NORTHEAST PASSING NEAR OR OVER ST. MARY'S COUNTY THIS MORNING AND EXIT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BY MIDDAY. LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS IS LIKELY TODAY AS RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH ISAIAS CONTINUES TO SPREAD NORTHWARD. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE I-95 CORRIDOR THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE LIKELY ALONG AND EAST OF THE I-95 CORRIDOR THIS MORNING. TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE IN THIS AREA. THERE IS ALSO A RISK OF ISOLATED TORNADOES ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND THROUGH THIS MORNING. MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS ALSO LIKELY ALONG THE WESTERN SHORES OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND AT WASHINGTON DC SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT TODAY. MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IS LIKELY ALONG OTHER TIDAL WATERS. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE FLOODING RAIN ARE STILL UNFOLDING ACROSS ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 95. REMAIN WELL GUARDED AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING FLOOD WATERS HAVING EXTENSIVE IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - MAJOR RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT MANY EVACUATIONS AND RESCUES. - RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY RAPIDLY OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS IN MULTIPLE PLACES. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, ARROYOS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME DANGEROUS RIVERS. IN MOUNTAIN AREAS, DESTRUCTIVE RUNOFF MAY RUN QUICKLY DOWN VALLEYS WHILE INCREASING SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ROCKSLIDES AND MUDSLIDES. FLOOD CONTROL SYSTEMS AND BARRIERS MAY BECOME STRESSED. - FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER MANY STRUCTURES WITHIN MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES, SOME STRUCTURES BECOMING UNINHABITABLE OR WASHED AWAY. MANY PLACES WHERE FLOOD WATERS MAY COVER ESCAPE ROUTES. STREETS AND PARKING LOTS BECOME RIVERS OF MOVING WATER WITH UNDERPASSES SUBMERGED. DRIVING CONDITIONS BECOME DANGEROUS. MANY ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES WITH SOME WEAKENED OR WASHED OUT. * WIND: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE MAIN WIND EVENT ARE NOW UNFOLDING ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND. REMAIN WELL SHELTERED FROM DANGEROUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - SOME DAMAGE TO ROOFING AND SIDING MATERIALS, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, AND SHEDS. A FEW BUILDINGS EXPERIENCING WINDOW, DOOR, AND GARAGE DOOR FAILURES. MOBILE HOMES DAMAGED, ESPECIALLY IF UNANCHORED. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BECOME DANGEROUS PROJECTILES. - SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SEVERAL FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. - SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM LARGE DEBRIS, AND MORE WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. A FEW BRIDGES, CAUSEWAYS, AND ACCESS ROUTES IMPASSABLE. - SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, BUT MORE PREVALENT IN AREAS WITH ABOVE GROUND LINES. ELSEWHERE ACROSS EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND, NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. * TORNADOES: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM TORNADOES ARE STILL UNFOLDING ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND. REMAIN WELL BRACED AGAINST A TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - THE OCCURRENCE OF ISOLATED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS. - A FEW PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE, ALONG WITH POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTIONS. - LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS PEELED OFF BUILDINGS, CHIMNEYS TOPPLED, MOBILE HOMES PUSHED OFF FOUNDATIONS OR OVERTURNED, LARGE TREE TOPS AND BRANCHES SNAPPED OFF, SHALLOW-ROOTED TREES KNOCKED OVER, MOVING VEHICLES BLOWN OFF ROADS, AND SMALL BOATS PULLED FROM MOORINGS. ELSEWHERE ACROSS EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND, NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. * SURGE: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE MAIN SURGE EVENT ARE NOW UNFOLDING ALONG THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND WESTERN SHORE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. REMAIN WELL AWAY FROM LOCALLY HAZARDOUS SURGE HAVING MODERATE IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - LOCALIZED INUNDATION WITH STORM SURGE FLOODING MAINLY ALONG IMMEDIATE SHORELINES AND IN LOW-LYING SPOTS, OR IN AREAS FARTHER INLAND NEAR WHERE HIGHER SURGE WATERS MOVE ASHORE. - SECTIONS OF NEAR-SHORE ROADS AND PARKING LOTS BECOME OVERSPREAD WITH SURGE WATER. DRIVING CONDITIONS DANGEROUS IN PLACES WHERE SURGE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. - MODERATE BEACH EROSION. HEAVY SURF ALSO BREACHING DUNES, MAINLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE LOCATIONS. STRONG RIP CURRENTS. - MINOR TO LOCALLY MODERATE DAMAGE TO MARINAS, DOCKS, BOARDWALKS, AND PIERS. A FEW SMALL CRAFT BROKEN AWAY FROM MOORINGS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- IF YOU ARE PRONE TO FLOODING OR IN AN AREA UNDER A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A QUICK AND DRAMATIC RISE IN WATER LEVELS. IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, QUICKLY MOVE TO THE SAFEST PLACE WITHIN YOUR SHELTER. PROTECT YOUR HEAD AND BODY. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV - FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG - FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG NEXT UPDATE ----------- THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC AROUND 830 AM EDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
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