Columbus L. (Johnny) Johnson passed away on June 21, 2021. Over the past several years, he battled a host of medical challenges, but he did so with courage, grace, and dignity. Despite his struggle with illness, his countenance was always cheerful.
Johnny, also affectionately known as “Lummie”, possessed a quick wit and a great sense of humor. Always ready with a tease, he gave as good as he got. Johnny cherished time with his family, those both near and far. And they treasured their time with Johnny. Whatever the occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, and even less joyous moments, Johnny brought a gentle strength, warmth, and love to those he touched.
Johnny had a profound effect on his family, who were inspired by his example of integrity, and his faith in the Lord. Johnny served with distinction and love for over 30 years as a member of the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church. The St. Paul Community was a source of strength for Johnny, and he was deeply loved by those with whom he so faithfully worshiped and served. Johnny was an avid baseball and Philadelphia Eagles football team fan and relished attending countless games with his nephews.
Columbus L. Johnson was born in Bryan, Texas on March 20, 1932, to parents Oscar and Josephine (Laws) Johnson. Johnny served our nation in the United States Air Force for 20 years. He drew assignments in Washington, D.C., Okinawa, Japan, and New Mexico before his last post at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. From there, Johnny retired, but continued to work as a chef on the base, and later at Fort Dix.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Otis, Herman, and Oscar and sisters Lula and Georgia. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 38 years, Delores (Terry) Johnson, his son, Lionel C. Johnson, and daughters Vernetta (Monroe) Eastman and Debra (Joseph) Williams. He also leaves three grandchildren, Dr. Alicia Johnson, Christopher Johnson, and Tyrese Eastman, as well as sisters Ruby Abel and Oletha (William) Bell, and his special sister-in-law, Coreatha Sills. Johnny also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and friends, for all of whom he showed unconditional love. His compassionate heart leaves a beacon of light for all in the community.
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