A songwriter once declared, May the Works I've Done, Speak for Me!"
It is with most sincere sympathy that we formally announce the passing of, Mr. Melvin Johnson, Sr. who transitioned from this life on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Deacon Melvin Johnson, Sr.
My earthly journey is now complete, filled with memories, laughter, joy; present and past. Pain lined life’s street and here I am at home at last. Shed no lingering tears over me, I am in pain no more, my soul has been set free. Never have I known joy like this before. It’s traditional to say I am late, that can be misleading, I arrived on time at Heaven’s gate, where I was met by my wife “Christine”, my mom and dad, my grandmother Cora, my sister Beulah, my brothers (WC, Willis, and Nathaniel) and my mother-in- law J Ruth so please don’t prolong the grieving. Reunited with loved ones that went before me. My earthly journey is now complete. Completed when I took my final earthly sleep. Now overjoyed with Heavenly glee.
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
Deacon Melvin Johnson, Sr., was born on January 13, 1933 to the late Miles and Lena Akins Johnson in Decatur County, Georgia.
Deacon Johnson was joined in holy matrimony to the late Mother Christine P. Johnson.
Deacon Johnson attended the Decatur County Public School System.
Deacon Johnson confessed Christ at an early age and united with Grant Chapel AME Church in Whigham, Georgia and later joined Friendship House of Prayer where he was a very active member until his health failed.
Deacon Johnson was the owner and operator of Johnson and Son Gas Station and Laundry Mat. He was also a Farmer, Carpenter and a Brick Masonry. He was a devoted business owner of the community that took pride in providing for his family. Deacon Johnson was a person whom never met a stranger and referred to everyone as “Buddy”. He never fret when it came to helping others. He took proud in raising his animals, farming produce and fishing.
He leaves to cherish his memories, two Children, Shirley Johnson and Melvin Johnson, Jr, both of Cairo, Georgia. A sister, Bonceil Johnson of Decatur County, Georgia. Two brothers: Eugene (Linda) Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Zachary Johnson of Climax, Georgia. One sister-in-law, Annie Ruth (Emanuel) Hillery of Sanford, Florida. One brother- in-law, Rev. Willie Lee Perry, Sr. of Cairo, Georgia. Six Grandchildren: Petulia (David) Morton, Angelita (Lee) Perry, Rafael Garland of Cairo, Georgia, Leconya Rhym of Columbus, Georgia, Melvin (Katie) Jones of Tallahassee, Florida and Tamekai Mills of Covington, Georgia. Fourteen great-grandchildren: Myisha, Jasmine, Joshua, Joseph, Kamaree, Kadasia, Malachi, Kamya, Kamarion, Kelsea, Miracle, Khalee, Ava and Arial. One great- great grandchildren, Michael, Ava Jade, MaKayla. Special grandkids Sierra, Diamond, KeAzsa, Asia, Amber, AnatoleII, Ayonna, Kaisyn, and Kyli. Special friends Cathy and Billy Moore, Cleve Williams all of Cairo, Georgia. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Deacon Johnson is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Beulah Wright, three brother, Nathaniel, Willis, and W.C. Johnson.
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