Johnson James A. Johnson, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 and has now followed his wife Klara to a place of peace. He was born in Dolorosa, Mississippi on October 14, 1927. James was a humanitarian, civic leader, World War II veteran, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was instrumental in bringing neighbors and the citizens of Columbus together when he created the Driving Park Civic Association and the first neighbor watch. In his life he had numerous achievements and received many awards, so many as can't be counted. He was honored by both Presidents Clinton and Obama. He is survived by his children, James Johnson, Jr. and wife, Carol of Indianapolis, Indiana; daughter, Cassandra Lachman and husband, Wade of Newman Lake, Washington; and son, Anton Johnson and partner, Mary Ann Doria of Columbus, Ohio. Also noteworthy are his former son- in-law, Michael McLean and daughter-in-law, Maria Johnson. His grandchildren include Jade Johnson, Shannon McLean, Zachary McLean, Devin Workman, Zella Johnson, Sabina Johnson and Tarin Johnson. Great grandsons and twins are Wyatt and Braxton Terry. We also wish to recognize some very special friends, John Whitten, Jr., Donna Terry and Donna Boyd. Funeral Service will be held from 11 a.m.-12Noon on Tuesday, February 18 at Second Baptist Church, 186 North 17th Street, Columbus, Ohio. Family Hour will be from 10-11 a.m. Interment at 3 p.m. at the Dayton National Cemetery at 4100 W. 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio. Messages may be sent to his family by visiting www.cotnerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 12, 2014