Judge Kenneth Earl Johns, Jr. was born on October 4, 1966 in Hampton, SC to Kenneth Earl and Rosa Juanita Burrell Johns. His father is from Yemassee, SC and his mother is from Tamassee, SC. In 1969, the family moved to Walhalla where Judge Johns has been a resident of the area since that time. His family owned and operated Ken’s Pharmacy in Walhalla for many years.
Judge Johns has three children. All who attend Walhalla area public schools. He and his family are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where Judge Johns serves as a member of the Mutual Ministry and Cemetery Committees.
He is a 1984 graduate of Walhalla High School, received an Associate of Arts degree from Anderson College in 1986, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Management from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg in 1989.
After college, Judge Johns returned to Walhalla and began work in the office products industry where he was an operating partner in a local small business. In the year 2000, he chose a career change. Up until his election on November 2, 2010, Judge Johns worked as a South Carolina Licensed Funeral Director and Insurance Agent.
In 1991, Judge Johns was elected to Walhalla City Council, serving as Mayor Pro Tempore. In 1995, he was elected Mayor of Walhalla. In 2000, Judge Johns was elected to represent District 2 on the Oconee County Council. In 2007, he was re-elected to Walhalla City Council serving as Mayor Pro Tempore until December 31, 2010.
Judge Johns’ civic involvement, both past and present, includes leadership positions on the Oconee County Library Board, Walhalla Chamber of Commerce, Walhalla Oktoberfest Committee, Walhalla Rotary Club, Walhalla Sertoma Club, and Oconee County United Way Board of Directors.
His hobbies include supporting his children in their extracurricular activities, and spending time on Lake Keowee and Edisto Beach with his family.