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James Lee Jonson
Jul 22, 1944 to Aug 30, 2015

 

 
James Lee Johnson, 71, began his journey home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his home. Born July 22, 1944, in Sumter County, he was the son of Verlie Mae Jenkins Johnson and the late Hezekiah “Doube” Johnson. As a youth he was a member of Mt. Olive AME Church. He received his education from the Public Schools of Lee County. As a teenager he decided to move to Washington, DC to explore life to the fullest. He was employed with the District of Columbia Sanitation Department for 32 years, where he later retired and relocated back to his hometown of Sumter in 1997. He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Verlie Mae Johnson; his son, James Jr. of Washington, DC; two daughters, Demetria Johnson and Natasha (Clayton) Abrams, both of Sumter; three grandchildren, Shakera, Marquis and Markel, all of Sumter; three sisters, Rosa M. Johnson and Odell (Sammy) Abrams, both of Sumter, Mamie (Lutrell) Basnight of Plymouth, NC; two brothers, John Johnson of Sumter, Albert Jenkins of Waldorf, MD; two aunts, Mamie and Rosa Lee Johnson, both of Washington, DC; one sister-in-law, Mattie Johnson of Sumter; his ex-wife, Hester Johnson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father; his daughter, Kellee Mickens; sister, Susie Loretta Johnson, and his brother, William Johnson. Celebration of Life services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, September 5, 2015 from the Mt. Olive AME Church, 2738 Woodrow Road, Woodrow, with the Rev. Dr. Friendly J. Gadson, pastor, eulogist, the Rev. William T. Johnson, presiding, assisted by the Rev. H. J. Murray. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his mother, 5225 Cotton Acres Road, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a.m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:30 a. m. Floral bearers and pall bearers will be friends of the family. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Memorial Garden, Pear Street, Woodrow.
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