Paul Heywood Johnson

Paul Heywood Johnson left the troubles of the world behind and entered into eternal rest on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the age of 87.

Heywood, as he was affectionately known by many, was born on July 29, 1932, to the late Paul Franklin Johnson and Anna Isabel Carpenter Johnson in Loudoun County, Virginia. He spent most of his life on Sycolin Road before moving into the town of Leesburg.

Heywood was united in marriage on January 29, 1958, to the late Gladys Barbara Young Johnson. Heywood and Gladys celebrated 57 years together.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army from March 2, 1953 until March 2, 1955, and received an Honorable Discharge. He was stationed at the 36th St. Louis RPC in St. Louis, MO, a proud Veteran of the United States Military whose rank was Private First Class and also served during the Korean War. He worked tirelessly for over 20 years at the Xerox Training Center for Aramark until his retirement.

He was a dedicated and devoted servant at First Baptist Church Sycoline, serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board until the decline of his health. He was instrumental in adding the dining hall, concrete sidewalk and front steps to his beloved church. His favorite hymn to sing was “Stay On The Rock.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Anna Johnson; loving wife, Gladys Johnson; sister, Laura Powell; uncle, George Carpenter; cousins, George and James Johnson; son-in-law, Phillip Archer Sr.; and great-nephew, Miguel Powell.

Paul leaves behind to cherish his memory three children, Paula Darwin Smith (Wade, Sr.) Middleburg, VA, Lolitta Denise Polk (Angelo Sr.) Leesburg, VA, and Stacey Elaine Archer, West Virginia; ten grandchildren, Paulette Anderson (Christopher Sr.), Wade Smith Jr. (Tara), Derek Smith, Dwayne Smith, Lorraynna Polk, Angelo Polk Jr., Erica Polk, Phillip Archer Jr. (Samantha), Alan Archer (Ann), Devin Archer; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother-in-law; three sisters-in-law; one godson; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of many friends.

A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at First Baptist Church Sycoline, 19976 Sycolin Road, Leesburg, VA 20175; and a service will follow at 12 noon with interment to follow at Gleedsville Cemetery with military honors. Please share online condolences with the family at

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