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James J Johnson

Avon Park, Florida

Aug 16, 1932 – Jan 14, 2021 (Age 88)


August 16, 1932
January 14, 2021
Avon Park, Florida


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Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home of Avon Park Obituary

James J. Johnson, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 14, 2021 with his daughters  by his side. He was born August 16, 1932 in Samson, AL to Horace and Mamie Johnson. They moved to Florida in 1948. James married Betty Mckinney on February 24, 1952. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany. James was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years Betty Johnson and his son Randy Johnson of Zolfo Springs, FL. He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Harper (Steve) of Dothan, AL; Gina Anderson (Bill) of Zolfo Springs, FL; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. James was a strong gentle man of great faith. He believed in putting God first. James will be forever remembered by his family and friends for his kind heart. He never met a stranger and he believed in always treating others with kindness. He always had a kind word of inspiration or story to tell. He looked for the good in people and always wanted the best for them. James believed in working hard and being productive. He was a good provider for his family. One of the quotes he liked was “If a task is once begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small. Do it well or not at all.” James will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. This is a poem from James’s younger years that he could still quote word for word today. “Words are such tiny things we say each day. But yet for someone they make the world seem dull or gay. A little word of gossip that we unthinkingly said. Left someone hurt and wounded with all hopes crushed and dead. But a little word of kindness made all the world a glow. Made someone’s journey less weary and less long. So, as we go along our way, whatever our way may be. Lets speak a word of kindness to everyone we see.” May we all reflect on the special life James lived before us. The family will be having an intimate graveside service to celebrate his life. This celebration is not goodbye, it is until we meet again.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home
111 E. Circle St.
Avon Park, FL  33825
(863) 453-3101

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I will never forget seeing you lovingly lean over and kiss your wife. Even though she may not have remembered who you were all the time it didn't matter to you because you remembered for both of you. I know you are having a wonderful reunion with your beautiful bride.