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9/16/2019 12:29:00 PM
Landen Johnson Passes Away At Age 9
Community mourns passing of beloved child
Landen Timothy JohnsonJanuary 24, 2010 - September 13, 2019

Landen Timothy Johnson
January 24, 2010 - September 13, 2019

Pastor Luke and Amanda Johnson
Pastor Luke and Amanda Johnson

  • On Tuesday morning, Landen’s processional will be moving down Main Street and around the Court Square in Lincolnton at 10:30 a.m. You are welcome to line the sidewalks/streets if you wish to pay respects to Landen. The family will hold a private burial at 11 a.m.

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––A much-loved little boy is gone, and an entire community is grieving.

Landen Johnson died peacefully on Friday. He was just 9 years old. He is survived by his parents, Pastor Luke and Amanda Johnson; and by his siblings: his older brother, Brayden, 12, his younger sister, Hannah Grace, 5, and his little brother, Tyler, six months.

The family will receive friends this evening, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at New Vision Ministries at 661 Clark Creek Road in Lincolnton. Worship services follow at 7 p.m. A private burial will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 17). In lieu of flowers, the Johnsons ask that donations in memory of Landen be made to the Potentials Foundation (

The pastor of Highland Drive Free Will Baptist Church, Rev. Johnson told The Herald more about his son’s inspirational journey. Speaking earlier today, he explained that his son suffered from primordial dwarfism––an extremely rare form of dwarfism affecting only about one in four million people.

“He was very small but proportionate for his size,” the pastor noted of Landen.

Johnson continued that in 2013, Landen was diagnosed with DNA ligase IV deficiency. Among the symptoms of this condition, also a rare malady, is a compromised immune system. Landen needed a bone marrow transplant, and further complications with infections arose from this. For the past two years, Rev. and Mrs. Johnson have been fighting a protracted battle with Landen’s cruel afflictions.

“His immune system never recovered,” the pastor said, citing his son’s most recent struggles with a fungal infection and kidney, respiratory and liver failure. “He fought long and hard. Landen suffered greatly.”

But now that battle is over, and Landen is at peace, resting in the arms of Christ.

“I know exactly where Landen is,” his father continued. “He is with the Lord, where there is no more suffering and pain.”

Johnson added that some day, he and his family members will all be reunited with Landen in Heaven.

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Landen’s story spread far and wide. The heroic struggle in which he persevered made his name famous throughout Lincoln County, the Carolinas and even the wider world itself.

“Landen loved life,” said Johnson. “When you met Landen, you never forgot him. He never met a stranger. He was a fireball. He had so much energy and life in him, and he was passionate about his faith. And people would come up to me all the time and say, ‘That’s it! You’re Landen’s daddy!’ And so I began to introduce myself with, ‘I’m Luke. I’m Landen’s daddy.’”

Johnson thanked his good friend and fellow pastor, Rev. Scott Mann of New Vision Ministries, and the New Vision church family for all their support. Services are being held at that church in anticipation of an enormous crowd. New Vision has more room to accommodate Landen’s family, friends and fans than does Highland Drive Free Will Baptist, as Johnson explained, hence the choice of venue.

“Life will never be the same,” he added. “But we can rejoice knowing Landen is with Jesus. I’m sure he has already showed off his ‘I feel good’ dance many times. Please join us as we celebrate Landen’s life tonight. We love and appreciate you all so much. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support.”

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