Remembering local philanthropist Ann Nealous Johnson

AUGUSTA, GA. (WJBF) - Augusta lost a local philanthropist and friend of the arts this week.

Ann N. Johnson died Tuesday after battling a long illness. Ann and her husband, Ellis, have been fixtures in the arts community and contributors to the education of students.  

They are co-founders of the Jessye Norman School for the Arts and have been instrumental in spearheading fundraising efforts for the school.  

Ann was an active member in several local organizations and a proud former president of the Augusta chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Ann and Ellis have received numerous honors over the years for their local contributions... most recently in February, when they were selected the 2018 winners of the Walton Award, which honors an outstanding couple in the area who have gone above and beyond in community service.

The Jessye Norman School for the Arts received a nice contribution on the behalf.

Gene McManus presented the award on February 13th. He is a partner with AP Wealth Management.

"They are fantastic! Tonight I'll read all of the organizations that they have had a leadership position in, or volunteered in. It will take some time to do it! I noticed they served our youth."

A memorial service for Ann Johnson will be held Monday morning, July 2nd at 11 o'clock, in Gilbert- Lambuth Chapel at Paine College.

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