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Carolyn Anne Underwood Johnson

May 20, 1937 — December 3, 2023

Carolyn Anne Underwood Johnson

Augusta, GA - On December 3, 2023, Carolyn Anne Underwood Johnson, age 86, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.


Anne was born May 20, 1937, in Greenwood, Mississippi to Carrie Wolfe Underwood and Gentry Underwood.  The family eventually moved to Oak Ridge, TN, where they were founding members of the city, where her father worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the Manhattan Project for which he received a citation from Henry L. Stimson, President Roosevelt’s Secretary of War following the first successful testing of the atomic bomb in August 1945.  Anne was in the first class to go through all grades at Oak Ridge High School where she was an outstanding athlete, especially in tennis, golf, and softball. She was an accomplished pianist and played with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra often. Following high school, she attended Southwestern at Memphis College, now known as Rhodes College, in Memphis, Tennessee. 


Anne majored in Philosophy (abandoning pre-med after encountering Organic Chemistry) and was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year.  After graduation, Anne moved home to Oak Ridge to start her career at University of Tennessee Agricultural College Research Station.  It was in Oak Ridge, TN where she met her husband of 62 years, Bob. They were married September 30, 1961, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Oak Ridge, TN.


After relocating to Houston, TX, followed by Bethesda and Baltimore, MD so that her husband could complete his medical training, they settled in Augusta, GA in 1973 with their three young daughters. 


Anne was an avid golfer, having won several tournaments in golf (as well as tennis) a golf course rater, a member of the Board of Trustees-Pendleton King Park and was a Master Gardner. In Augusta, Bob and Anne found their Church home in Church of the Good Sheperd where Anne was an Altar Guild member for many years.


Anne is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Harvey Johnson, Jr., daughters Kristin Gail Johnson, Teresa Johnson Seward (William Henry Seward, Jr. “Hank”), Courtnay Johnson Capps (Stephen Brian Capps), and grandchildren, William Henry Seward III “Billy”, Robert Carter Seward (Katie), Caroline Morgan Capps, Anne Carter Capps, as well as a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Following a private service at Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, GA, on December 7, 2023, interment will be at Westover Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30904.


Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at

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