Mr. James Johnson loving husband, father, uncle, and friend to many transitioned from earth on April 15, 2023 surrounded by his wife and family. James was born August 7, 1945 to his mother and father Anne Bell and Walter Johnson in Deland, Florida.
He received his communion in the Catholic church and served as an alter boy in Miami, Florida.
Mr. James was a 1965 graduate from Miami Northwestern Senior High School, before graduating, James became a thespian, he enjoyed plays and the arts, especially musicals. Immediately after graduating, James joined the United States Army.
James’ first assignment was in Germany and this started his love for travelling. James also married and had his first son in Germany. James and Edna were married for 56 years before God called him home. He was blessed with two children and he loved them very much.
After serving in the Army for four years, James took a year off, and then decided to reenlist and applied for OCS wanting to do better for his family. He then became Lieutenant James Johnson, he remained in the Army for 21 years. After retiring, he began working in the shipyard where he enjoyed working and talking with everyone.
James enjoyed eating, watching action packed movies, and going on vacations. He loved all holidays as that was the time he loved being with his family, and friends that felt like family. James was a quiet man, but he was always thinking of others in his own way, never letting anyone know how much he truly cared.
James will be missed by his wife Edna Johnson, his son Bryant F. Johnson, his daughter Yvette L. Johnson, brothers Wilbert Johnson and daughter Ketha Otis and Johnny L. Johnson and wife Paulette, Derek, Camille, Octavia, sister Mary Battle (Deceased), Shirley Battle, Betty Leverga, Cynthia, Michael, Jeffery, Alexander, Jacquelyn, Takeisha Battle, and host of other nieces and nephews from the Battle family.
The deceased family of Vencio and Rebecca Kelly, Sister in law and brother in law and nieces and nephews Naomi Smith, Julia and Calvin Hudson II, Calvin Hudson III, Dr. Jessica Hudson, Jayce Bozeman with niece and nephew Brittany Falson, Rudolph Smith Jr. host of nieces and nephews, Linda and Matthew Bass, Darrin and Kim Smith, Daryn and Darius Smith, goddaughter Janai Bozeman, Wayne Smith, and Kay Hinsey.
Betty and Anthony Dames, Andre Dames, Ialonnie Dames, Ave Dames, Valaie, Williams, Felicia Dames and Robert Stephens.
Sandra and Frank Washington, Tiffany Washington, Alicia Washington, Brandy Washington, Corey Washington, and Jacorey Washington.
Leonard and Patrice Kelly, Keylon Kelly, Durne Kelly, Kenard Kelly, Rirdayl Kelly, Heaven Kelly, Debra Kelly.
Varlis William, Keon and Angelica Scott, Larry and Brittany Falson.
Hunter family, Livingston and Claire Hepburn, Adriana Roberts, Sonia Rowe, Brian Hunter, Dianna Mahaco.
Friends Deacon Don and Mrs. Vivian Kilgore, Larry and Missy Pettico.
James’ family also wishes to thank all his friends and family that were not listed.
A visitation will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel (5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462) from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday May 5, 2023.
A Funeral service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel (5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462) at 2:30pm on Saturday May 6, 2023.
Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers include Bryant Johnson, Lt. Commander Anthony Dames, Wilbert Johnson, Johnny Johnson, Leonard Kelly, and Ronald Kelly.