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Perry "PJ"

Johnson, Sr.

Perry "PJ" Johnson, Sr., 72, went home to be with the the Lord on Sept. 8, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. after a long illness.

A former resident of Akron, Ohio, he was born July 20, 1946 to late parents, Beulah and Gus Johnson Sr.

Perry is survived by his wife, Diane Johnson of 23 years; his children, Lisa Williams, Tina Johnson, Perry (Celeste) Johnson, Jr. and Scottie Harris; his stepchildren, Ricky Johnson, Will Johnson, Branden Elkins, Joshua (JD) Carroll and Joseph Carroll; his sisters, Mattie Johnson, Beulah (David) McDay and Evelyn Stokes. Perry leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Gus Johnson, Jr. and sister, Arewilla "Bunt" Cooper.

Perry was not only an amazing husband, but a wonderful father, brother, friend and mentor to many. He will be truly missed. His legacy and teachings will carry on through the lives of all that he has touched.

Perry was a member of United Baptist Church and also a member of Church of the North Coast in Lorain, Ohio. Just a few of Perry's many accomplishments: He graduated from The University of Akron with a Masters Degree in Education; he attended Robert Morris College and was inducted into the "Hall of Fame"; he was a member of the Old Timers Special Olympics, and played for the ABA, and he worked for the Akron Parks and Recreation Center. After his disability from Akron Public Schools, Perry was an Account Executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Vermilion, Ohio and also worked for Lorain U.M.A.D.O.P. After moving to Florida in 2005, Perry also worked for the Board of Elections.

A Memorial and Celebration Service will be held at Second Baptist Church, 690 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44311, Sept. 29th, 2018 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Gus Johnson Community Center, 1015 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron, 44320, 330-836-8067.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 16, 2018
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