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God through His infinite and divine wisdom has seen fit to summon our beloved, Mr. Taylor Johnson Jr., who was lovingly referred to as "TJ" by his dear family and friends, from a life of labor and love to an eternal life in heaven above on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Va. His home, located at 1918 Bogese Drive in Petersburg, Va., was a haven of love and comfort to his family and friends.

Taylor was the youngest of three children born to parents, the late Taylor Johnson Sr. and Annie Jones Johnson in Jacksonville, Texas on June 7, 1942.

It has been stated that "everything is bigger and better in Texas", and so were the hopes and dreams of our dear Taylor. He was educated in the Jacksonville Public Schools System and graduated from the Fred Douglas High School in 1960. Taylor enacted his civic duty to defend God and his country as he proudly enlisted in the United States Army. His impressive military career spanned over 20 wonderful years as he was honored with several medals to include: The Good Conduct (6th Award), National Defense Service, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign with 60 Device Marksman Qualification Badge (Rifle M-16). Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge, Taylor was gainfully employed with the Department of Defense and in the year 2000, he began a life of retirement and relaxation.

On Jan. 25, 1968, Taylor was united in Holy Matrimony with the "love of his life", the former Irene Perry. God has blessed their union with two handsome and wonderful sons, Vernon Johnson and Michael Anthony Johnson. This union has lasted for over 46 years as a testament to their love and devotion. Taylor was a very loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His family was dearest to his heart, especially his adorable grandchildren, who were the "apple of his eyes". Taylor was a member of the Military Retirees Club and enjoyed his favorite pastimes of fishing and spending quality time with his family.

As a Texas born native, Taylor was a dedicated, supportive, loyal and die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys Football Team! We will dearly miss his presence here with us and we thank God for blessing us with such an incredible man who "fought a good fight" and continued to press on in spite of his condition. To God Be The Glory for the life, love and legacy of our dear "TJ"!

Cherished memories of Taylor will remain in the hearts of his dear family, to include his loving and devoted wife, Irene Perry Johnson of Petersburg, Va.; two loving and devoted sons, Vernon Johnson (Patricia) of Woodbridge, Va., and Michael A. Johnson (Colette) of Centreville, Va.; six loving and adorable grandchildren, Kristin, Alex, Cori, Zach, Avery, and Nico Johnson; two sisters, Anne Lorraine Tennison of California, and Janie Thompson (Anthony) of Texas; three sisters-in-law, Diane Perry of North Carolina, Carolyn Smith (Percy) of Florida, and Lucy Perry Figueroa of North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends.

Services for Mr. Taylor Johnson Jr. will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax St., Petersburg, Va., the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor, eulogist. Interment at Arlington Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the funeral establishment.

Honorary and active pallbearers are asked to assemble 12:30 p.m. at the church.

The family will assemble 12 p.m. at 1918 Bogese Drive, Petersburg, Va., and may be contacted by calling 804-732-5222.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Johnson at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29, 2014
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