Paul L. Johnson, 82, of Coatesville, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. |
He was the son of the late Lawrence and Jeanette Johnson, and shared 60 years with his beloved wife, Dorothy E. Flowers Johnson.
Born in Coatesville, Mr. Johnson attended the Coatesville area public schools. He graduated in 1950, attended St. Paul's College in Virginia and Wilson College District Justice School.
A veteran, he served two years in the U.S. Army until he was honorably discharged in 1956.
Mr. Johnson worked for 27 years at Lukens Steel Co., served as district justice from 1985-94, president of the Coatesville Area School District from 2006-08, and was a member of the Coatesville Area School Board at the time of his passing.
Mr. Johnson was an active member of the Coatesville community and a lifelong member of Hutchinson Memorial UAME Church in Coatesville. Over the years he served on numerous boards and organizations including Coatesville City Council, Coatesville Area Senior Center board of directors, the Chapter of Credit Unions in Lancaster and Chester Counties, Coatesville Cultural Society, and board member of both the Coatesville Water Authority and the YMCA. He was also a member of the Lions Club, Lily of the Valley Lodge #59, Charles E. Gordon #65, and the Shriners Minaret Temple #174.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy E. Johnson, son, Bruce Johnson, grandson, Darryl Johnson Jr. and his wife, Ebony, two great-grandchildren, Quadir Johnson and Kassidee Johnson, and one sister, Janice Solen, all of Coatesville, and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, Darryl Johnson Sr.
Homegoing services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Hutchinson UAME Church, 825 E Chestnut St., Coatesville.
Viewing will begin at 8 a.m. with Masonic tributes beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 at the church.
Interment with military honors will be held in the Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made in his memory to Hutchinson UAME Church.
Arrangements are being handled by Wright Funeral & Cremation Services of Coatesville. For more information, please visit www.wrightfuneralservices.com.
Published in Daily Local News on Dec. 26, 2013