Randolph Bennett Johnson
AGE: 98 • Miami, FL, formerly of Middletown
Randolph B. Johnson of Miami, Florida, formerly of Middletown, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 around 8:15 AM at the North Shore Medical Center in Miami Gardens, Florida. "Randy" as he was affectionately known, was born in the Panama Canal Zone in the district of Red Tank. He was the son of the late Allen B. Johnson and the late Imogene Bell-Johnson. He attended Paraiso High School and after graduation he was employed at the Esther Witkins USO/JWB Club in Balboa Heights, which is located on the Fort Amador Naval Base in Panama. He held a position as a Manager at the Commissary. He later met his first wife Clarice Butterfield-Johnson while he was working. The two remained together in Panama where they started their family and from this union they had four children: Yolanda, Carlos, Marcia and Melva. Eventually, that marriage ended and he was married for 55 years to his second wife Durbin ("Dolly") Johnson who departed this life on June 12, 2002. During this union they had two children: Margot and Rudolfo. The family migrated from Panama to Brooklyn, New York and then to Middletown, New Jersey. He worked for the United States Postal Service in New York, New York as a Manager where he retired after 34 years of service on February 3, 1984. Randy was a very family-oriented man who had a kind, loving, and giving disposition. He loved to travel and truly enjoyed interacting with people around the globe. Training in the ministry was obtained from studying under the Morris Cerullo World Evangelism Home Bible Course which he used to equip him for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others he met. His hobbies were dancing, singing, boxing, listening to music and visiting with friends and loved ones. He was also a member of the Elks Club
in New Jersey, The Retired Federal Employees Association and the Red Bank Senior Citizens Group.
He is survived by his brother, Willis R. Johnson and two sisters, Alma E. Anthony and Minnie J. Wylie and his children, Yolanda King, Carlos Johnson, Marcia Hinds, Melva Dixon, Margot Johnson and Rudolfo Johnson. Randolph is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and a host of numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and great grand and great-great grandchildren, as well as, many friends.
Visitation will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank on Friday, August 30th, 6:00-8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 31st, 10:00 AM at St. James RC Church, 94 Broad St., Red Bank. Entombment will follow at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens, Woodbridge, NJ.
"For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's." (Romans 14:8)