Marion Johnson, Jr., 45, entered eternal rest on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter. Born on October 20, 1967, in Lynchburg (Lee County), he was the son of Libby Ann Rembert Johnson-Owens and the late Marion Eugene Johnson, Sr.
At an early age, Marion left South Carolina to reside in Brooklyn, N. Y., where he attended the public schools of New York City, N .Y. Marion was a firm believer in family and would often quoted his favorite saying: “These are my people - that’s my family”. He was loved by many that came in contact with him. He enjoyed cooking and spending quality time with his family and friends. Marion had a smile that shed light and happiness to many lives.
In 1989, Marion moved from Brooklyn to Sumter, where he joined New Zion House of Prayer under the leadership of Ms. Wihemenia Scott and served faithfully on the usher board.
Marion worked several years for Goins Masonary, where he was a brick mason. He also worked at Murry’s Poultry for three years until his health began to fail. He still persevered in his faith, knowing that God was able to heal him.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: a loving wife, Olga Nicole McKnight-Johnson of the home; his mother, Libby Ann Johnson-Owens; step father, Chester Owens of Sumter; three daughters, Laqueshia (Miquel) Cuarenta of Currituck, N. C., Tomeka Cobbs, and Kirsten Libby-Alison Johnson of the home; five sons, DaQuan Cobbs, Pableto Shawblair of Queens, N. Y., Tarium Johnson, Allashawn Williams and Daviyon McDaniel, all of Sumter; a step son, Torrah Wright, Jr. of the home; four sisters, Linda Johnson (James) Bullock of Montgomery, ALA, Sylvia Ann Watson of Washington, DC, Karene Jones of Currituck, N. C., and Tyeshia Jackson of Brooklyn, N. Y.; one brother, Reginald (Teddy) Owens of Brooklyn, N. Y.; five aunts, Vertell Williams of Montgomery, ALA, Louette Earp (Willie) Cabbagestalk of Sumter, Edith McKnight of Brooklyn, N. Y., Ernestine Wilson and Neola (Walter) Davis of Mayesville; two uncles, Frederick (Naomi) Hull of Queens, N. Y., and Albert Hull of Sumter; a second mother, Shirley Jones of Sumter; four grandchildren, Honesti, Armai-Michelle Cuarenta, Xavion Angel-Louis Cuarenta, Zemani Maria Shawblair, and Pableto Ing Shawblair; a special nephew, Aaron King of Sumter; two great nieces, Aariana King and Aubriana King of Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews,; cousins, two best friends, David “Big Willie” Taylor and Sheldon “Spankey” Wells and other friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marion Johnson, Sr.; his paternal grandfather and grand mother, Simon and Lizzie Epps-Johnson; and his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Galathin Hull-Rembert and Jessie Wilson.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Thursday, August 8, 2013 from the Royal Priest Hood Ministries, 30 Jonathan Street, Sumter, with Pastor Louette Cabbagestalk, eulogist.
The family will receive friends and relatives at 215 Loring Drive, Sumter, and at the home of his mother, 38 Plowden Mill Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 2:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from 215 Loring Drive at 2:30 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the White’s Cemetery, Airport Road, Sumter.