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Johnson Jr., Eugene

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Mr. Eugene Johnson, Jr. was born to the parentage of the late Eugene Johnson, Sr. and Flower Bess (Garrett) Johnson in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.  Gene, as he was affectionately called by those who knew him well, was a very precocious child.  His curiosity was evident in his desire as an avid reader.  It proved to be a valued reality in his life as he loved education.

All children have dreams and he was no different.  Although he played in the Booker T. Washington band, he dreamed of playing sports.  He tells the story of wanting to play football; he rails that he was an excellent receiver.  His own statement, “If you want to win throw the ball to Johnson!”  He also dreamed of attending college in California, but only made it as far as Prairie View A&M before enlisting in the U.S. Army Corps during World War II.  Thus, his life was like many young men of his generation, forever changed and dreams deferred.

After his service during the war he immersed himself in the hotel and restaurant industries in Dallas and Los Angeles, California.  This seems to be a small consolation for his personal intentions.  Yet both industries provided him an education that would benefit him for life.  He never met a stranger.  That was evident in his ability to converse with anyone on any particular topic.  You couldn’t out talk Eugene Johnson, Jr.  His passion for reading and value of education enabled him to engage most people on any topic.

Gene retired as a Psychiatric Technician from Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Greystone Park, New Jersey before relocating to Dallas and his final home.  He became a Crossing Guard for the Dallas County Schools.  He fulfilled his life-calling of service to all he came into contact with.

Eugene Johnson, Jr. married Christine (Wadsworth) Johnson.  To this union Ms. Erika Jenae Johnson was born. They also had a daughter, Ms. Kimberly (Wadsworth) Hill.  He was preceded in death by his parents and former wife Christine. Preceding him also in death were aunts, Iva Joe Johnson, Macy Jewel Johnson and uncle, John Garrett.  He is survived by: sister, Macy Lodis (Raymond) Roberson; son, Eric Johnson of California; son, Dr. Kelvin J. (Kimberly) Kelley of Abilene, Texas; daughter, Erika (Johnson) Pringley of Marianna, Florida; daughter, Kimberly Wadsworth-Hill of Graceville, Florida; grandchildren Kiandre’ of Graceville, Florida, Karrie of Abilene, Texas, Cameron of Euless, Texas, Kelvin Lamar of Nashville, Tennessee, and Korey “KJ” of Abilene, Texas.  He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Anna, Alijah, Kaden, Alexander, Kingsley, Kimberly, Xion, Khristine, and Joy, along with nephew Cedric Mays (Fannysteen) of McKinney, Texas, and great-nephews Cedric II & Jayden.  The family would also like to acknowledge his special friend and caregiver Ms. Alma Marie Eddie, and Julius & Elnora Scott of Rockaway, New Jersey.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the Brooks Family Chapel at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.  Visitation is on the same day from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This is a closed casket service.

Burial will follow at the DALLAS FORT WORTH NATIONAL CEMETARY with full military honors on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

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2 Thoughts on Johnson Jr., Eugene
    Evelyn&Wayne Walling
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Macy, our prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your family

    Gloria McCoy
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Our Condolences to the Johnson Family from the McCoy’s Family on Newmore

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Dear John,

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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