On Thursday, September 9, 1938, a baby boy was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, to the late Colen and Mary James Johnson. They affectionately named him James.At age 3 years old, James and his family moved from Winston Salem, North Carolina to Queens, New York and worshipped at the Ebenezer Baptist Church.Later at age 13 years old, James was baptized and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior under the leadership of Reverend Glaton.James was energetic and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
He loved his family dearly and enjoyed to fellowship with good food and small talk. One of his passions in life was playing the standup bass guitar. He was also an avid lover of music; especially jazz instrumental. He would hear a few notes and could tell you the year the song was made, where it was made and could name the musicians playing the sax, trumpet, piano and drums. He was a gifted craftsman and enjoyed building model ships and various art pieces, and was a tailor by trade. His signature departure phrase would always be: “I love you, and tell everyone, I love them.”
Those who went on before him were: his parents, Colen and Mary Johnson, and brother Curley James Johnson. Offering him back to the Lord in faith, are his wife Andrea Johnson; son Andrew Johnson; daughter, Tonyce Chapman, grandsons Taylen and Jaloni Johnson all of New York; aunts, Frances (Freddie) Jackson of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Millie Frazier of Greensboro, NC; special aunt, Alta Bruce of Hartsville, South Carolina; lifelong friend, Edward Jordan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Though he will forever be missed, we know that absence from the body means present with the Lord.
IN HIS PEACE