Dr. Edward Downey Johnson, 78, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Savannah, Ga., to Virgil D. and Daisy L. Drinnon Johnson. He attended grammar and high schools in Savannah, earned an undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology before attending the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an M.D. in 1961. He completed a surgical residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and worked in Atlanta for 20 years before moving his family to Sale Creek, Tenn., in 1981 where he opened his own clinic to serve that area. In 2002 he opened Specialty Medical in Dayton, Tenn., specializing in treating patients with back problems. He retired in 2011.Dr. Johnson was known to his colleagues, patients and area residents as a compassionate, caring physician and friend.He was a charter member of The American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM) and a founding member of the Anglican Church of The Redeemer in Chattanooga.Survivors include his wife, Terry (Beltramo) Johnson, of Chattanooga; daughter, Dana; grandson, Grant; former wife, Martha Jan (Smith); daughter, Jennifer; former wife, Patricia (Venable); children, Virgil Ed, Jeffrey and Michelle; and three grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Elliott.A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, McCallie Ave., Chattanooga.The family requests that memorial donations may be made to The Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 1200 Mountain Creek Road #170, Chattanooga TN.Serenity Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.