Chandice McGee Johnson, Jr was born in a remote area of eastern Oklahoma to Phoebe Lucyle (Brown) and Chand ice McGee Johnson, sr. His growing up years were spent in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas; Noel, Missouri; and Lawton, Oklahoma, where he graduated from high school. He attended Cameron State Agricultural College (now Cameron University) before transferring to Oklahoma Baptist University.
After graduating in 1953, he married Them a D. Casey. Two sons were born, Steven Timothy in 1955 and Chandice Andrew in 1958. Studying for the ministry, he attended Golden Gate Seminary in Berkeley and Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth. He served as pastor of churches in Louisiana, Missouri; Auburn, Washington; lone, Washington; Ashcroft, British Columbia; and Byhalia, Mississippi. After relocating to Fargo, he began graduate studies in English and was soon teaching English classes, then moved into teaching as his full time career. He received his master’s degree from NDSU. He directed the writing program, and established the Center for Writers, which he directed until retiring in 1999. He participated in the Linguistics Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota. He maintained his enjoyment of reading and love for writing in retirement, taking on editorial projects and producing two volumes of memoirs. He was also an avid sketcher. He was preceded in death by his son Andrew and sister Beverly. He is survived by his wife Thema and son Steven, and by sister Jeanne and brothers Harry and Jim.
No services are planned at this time. There will be an internment ceremony in the spring at a family plot in Byhalia. Memories and condolences may be shared at the online Guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com