Freddie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the age of 86.
Freddie Johnson was born on June 3,1934 in New Orleans, Louisiana on a bright and sunny Sunday morning. His dad, Richard Johnson, told him that because he was born on Sunday, he would always be Blessed and indeed, the prophecy was fulfilled. Sarah Johnson, his mother, loved and deeply cherished her baby son. The home, although impoverished, was filled with spiritual teachings that prepared Freddie for a multiplicity of challenges and experiences and through it all, he became a warrior and inspirational figure for many, especially young people who often acknowledged their appreciation for his wise counsel and wisdom. He had the “gift” of the octopus for analyzing situations which led to productive and positive outcomes.
On 11/3/20, Freddie succumbed to death while at home. What a dark chapter in my life this chilling event created for me. Freddie’s parents, Richard Johnson and Sarah Sigue Johnson and siblings: Kedrick Johnson and Caldwell Johnson, preceded him in death. He received spiritual teachings, as a member of Crossroads Church.
He was a valued employee of American Airlines in the fleet service clerk position in Los Angeles, California. Other jobs that he held along the way included: Cement mixer, busboy, box factory worker and newspaper boy in the French Quarters.
He was an outdoorsman and when I met him at 64 years of age, he was riding his bicycle 25 miles each day throughout the city of Los Angeles. Freddie had a genuine zest for living!
Freddie served in the US Navy during The Korean war from 1951-1955 with an Honorable Discharge. Although his military experience left him with many health maladies: 5 cancers, sleep apnea, PTSD, hypertension, diabetes, and on and on and on. In spite of his pain and suffering, he would proudly say,” If I had to, I would do it again.” Freddie served America, a country he dearly loved, with dignity, integrity and a whole lot of pride. We all say to you- “Thank you for your service!”. He was rewarded with medals of distinction for his valiant efforts: National Defense Service, Korean Service, United Nations Service, China Service, Good Conduct.
On June 8, 1960, he married Ora Miles. From this union two daughters were born- Veronica and Pamela. They were both a source of pride for him and his love for them was unconditional and untiring.
Freddie’s favorite pastime was travel. He visited many countries of the world which included: China, Japan, Spain, France, St. Thomas, Aruba, England, Greece, Italy. He embraced and enjoyed his life, with thanks to God, with a bountiful amount of gusto!
In the summer of 1998, Freddie met the love of his life, Lue Dean Terry, at a musical Concert sponsored by Rev.O.C. Smith. On January 6, 2005 we were united in holy matrimony and our lives were forever filled with an abundance of love, joy and happiness. We did everything together. Freddie frequently tagged along for my appointments, even to the beauty shop! Freddie dearly loved me, and I reciprocated in kind. He enjoyed telling/hearing the story of how we met, and this event was revisited over and over again.
In 2006, my sweet and devoted husband purchased a vacation home in order for me to be renewed and refreshed so that I could better provide care for my mother, brother and him. This weekly hiatus each month was truly a life saver for me. In 2014, following the deaths of mother and brother, we sold our home in Los Angeles and made the home in Grand Prairie our permanent residence. Frequently, Freddie communicated to others – “Moving to Grand Prairie was the best decision I ever made!”.
Oh, how I love my husband. He will always be my rock and strength, now and throughout eternity. I offer up this memory of my very special husband:
When God was making my husband as far as I can see, he made a special soulmate especially for me. He made a perfect gentleman, compassionate and kind, with more love and affection than you could ever wish to find. He gave my darling HUSBAND a heart of gold. He gave me wonderful memories only my heart can hold. He was someone I could talk to that no one can replace. He was someone I could laugh with till tears ran down my face. Next time we meet will be at heaven’s door. When I see you standing there, I won’t cry any more. I will put my arms around you and kiss your smiling face. Then the pieces of my broken heart will fall back in place.
Missing you so much Papa. You are the Best thing that ever happened to me!
The Southgate II Community will fondly remember Freddie as Pops, Popshie, Papa and Mr. Johnson. His cheerful attitude and winning smiles were contagious and will be sorely missed.
Freddie was a “king” and resilient fighter. I am confident that his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill so many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. In spite of the huge number of medical conditions he encountered on his journey, he would whisper to me,” I want to live so that I can take care of my wife”. Long live the beauty that he shared that came down through and unto all of us. This is the mighty legacy he left behind.
Freddie leaves to cherish his memories: Lue Dean Terry-Johnson (wife), daughters, Veronica Taylor (Horace Taylor),Pamela Johnson and a host of family friends and “adopted” family members.
Visitation will be on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:00 am also at the North Dallas Funeral Home.
Freddie will be laid to rest following the funeral service at 1:00 pm at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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