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Edward Lee Johnson


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Edward Lee Johnson Obituary
Edward Lee Johnson, a.k.a Sonny DeVaughn and Johhny Johnson, 89, departed this life on August 8, 2018. He was the son of the late James and Bertha Johnson. He was born January 16, 1929 in Jersey City, NJ. and was raised by his Grandparents Atkins and Louise DeVaughn. Edward was educated in the Jersey City school system and received a G.E.D. in 1975. Edward was baptized at Bethesda Baptist Church in 1943 and was a member there until entering the U.S. Navy in 1945. While serving in the Navy, he met and married Sallie M. Turner. They were married 1948-1973. Of this union one daughter, Lenora, was born. After being discharged from the Navy, Edward took up residence in Bayonne, NJ where he worked several jobs. He retired from the Military Ocean Terminal after 36 years of service. He married Betty Yelverton in 1976 and also became a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He relocated to Hampton, Virginia to be closer to his daughter and family in 2002. He loved music, especially jazz. He was also an avid NY Giants fan. Children - James Fair (Candice) and Lenora Johnson Ellis (Emanuel), both deceased. Grandchildren: Denise Ellis Peterson (James II), Janeen L. Ricks (Clarence), and Alexis Fair Great Grandchildren: Jamon Isom, Andre Ricks, Davion Ricks, and Francine Peterson Family: Vernette (Robert); Vanessa and Godson, Danan (Tifanni) Hughes; Glenn (Dianne); Courtney and Jarell Johnson; Cousins: Gloria Griffin, William Sampson, Robert Sampson, and Mary Sampson. Special Friends: Beulah Jackson and family, Donna Riley Moore, Karen (Ashby) Worrell and Family, Brenda Morgan, and Mack Evans. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, August 13, at 11 a.m., at Little Zion Baptist Church, 1824 W. Queen Street, Hampton. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Services of comfort entrusted to Smith Brothers Funeral Home, 545 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton, 757-723-4117.
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 11, 2018
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