Command Sergeant Major Andre Miguel Johnson transitioned from this life at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Friday, October 25, 2013, at age 46. He was the beloved husband of Sonja Averett Johnson and the proud father of three children; daughter, Jasmine; and two sons, Andre, Jr., and Jaylen. He was the proud grandfather of three grandchildren, Andre Lamont, De'Andre, and Lenesius. Andre was the loving son of Lois Dorsey and Harrison Johnson, Sr. For 28 years, he served honorably in numerous leadership positions in the United States Army. He served as a Squad Leader, Bradley Commander/Section Leader, Platoon Leader, First Sergeant, and Command Sergeant Major. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with "V", Bronze Star (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Purple Heart, and other honors. He is also survived by two sisters, Tonya J. Wilson and Lenesius J. Richard(Jason); a brother, Harrison S. Johnson, II; and Shelia Damon-Johnson who was like a mother; her three children, Chiquita, India, and Antonio Damon; mother-in-law, Emma L. Averett; sister-in-law, Monique A. Rayford (Kenneth); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Willie and Hazel Dorsey; paternal grandparents, Henry and Beverly Penn; two aunts, Nancy Lee Penn and Beverly D. Catherine. Visitation is at Winnfield Funeral Home, 7221 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services at Shiloh Baptist Church 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. Burial at Southern Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Advocate from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2013