Mitchell Johnson was born Aug. 8, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Cecilia and William Johnson.
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Mitch had a happy childhood. He attended New York City public schools, and graduated from Canarsie High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mitch always loved the Lord, and accepted God as his Lord and Savior in 1983. He also had a passion for Christian music. You would see him on any given Sunday dancing down the aisles of the church. His swift dance moves would make you stand to your feet to join in his dancing praise.
Mitch was employed as a painter, which he seemed to enjoy. He painted the sanctuary of his church.
On April 24, 1974, he married the love of his life, Deborah (Coaxum) Johnson. Mitch and Deborah shared the joys of nourishing six children.
Mitch and Deborah moved to Scranton, Pa., after Deborah's retirement. Mitch joined the Salvation Apostolic Temple under the teachings of Bishop Ray Johnson. He became extremely active as a pastor in the church. He taught Sunday school, worked with the youth as an advisor and sat as a youth minister. The children thought he was awesome. Mitch spoke to them with a soft tone, and reached them with a special heart.
He would counsel them and encourage and nurture them and the children would reciprocate. These are just a few of the gifts God bestowed upon him.
Mitch served the Scranton community for four years as a chaplain at Moses Taylor and CMC hospitals, ministering to the ill at heart and spirit. He shared the Scripture and the joys of loving and following God.
Mitch loved to spend time with his wife, Deborah, his children, grandchildren and family at large. He always told funny stories, and made others smile.
Mitch enjoyed fishing, crabbing, playing dominoes and fixing computers, and he had a passion for music.
On May 12, 2014, God called Mitch home. He made his climb up Jacob's ladder to go to his heavenly home. He will be greatly missed, and he is greatly loved and respected by all.
Mitch left a legacy of loving the Lord and being a humble servant to his teachings. We will miss you. We love you. God bless you.
As we honor his life, memory and his service to God, his family, his church family and his community he leaves to mourn are his virtuous loving wife, Deborah; six children, Andre, Pennsylvania; MitShawn and her husband, Virgil, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Anthony and his wife, Kimberly, Atlanta, Ga.; Michele, Pennsylvania; Nyree, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a son, Mitchell Jr., who preceded him in death; 13 grandchildren, Ciara, Jamal, Brendon, Noah, Nagee, Diamond, Vershawn, Teciana, Terrance, Treshawn, Kyree, Jeremy and Kimani; one great-grandson, Mitchell King Wilson; five siblings, Allen Johnson, William Johnson, Vernell Johnson, Cheryl Johnson-Rayner; and a sister, Patricia, who also preceded him in death; mother and father-in-law; Daisy and Louie Murray; five sisters-in-laws; two brothers-in-laws; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; and his church family.
The funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in the Salvation Apostolic Temple of Scranton, 223 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Interment will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the church. Arrangements are by the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc.
For additional funeral information or directions, visit www.millerbean.com.
Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc
436 Cedar Ave Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on May 16, 2014