Joseph Wesley Johnson, 67, a retired official of the Federal Aviation Administration who specialized in airport planning and management, died of septicemia Thursday at the Conway Hospital in Conway, S.C.

Mr. Johnson began his career with the old Civil Aeronautics Administration in Seattle in 1940. He later joined the FAA and was assigned to Washington from 1944 to 1964, rising to be special assistant to the director in charge of airport planning. He also was secretary of the airport use panel.

From 1964 to 1967, he was chief of the agency's airport branch in Chicago. He then returned here and retired in 1969 for reasons of health. He moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and for several years was an aiport consultant with Talbert, Cox and Associates in Wilmington, N.C.

Mr. Johnson, who was born in Warner, Va., lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the time of his death. He was a former Arlington resident and a member of the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church there.

Survivors include his wife, the former Fern Harllee, of Myrtle Beach; two daughters, Beverly Johnson-Pace of Annandale, and Barbara J. Bland of Houston; a sister, Ruth Turner, and two brothers, Leo and Jesse, all of Richmond, and four grandchildren.