Adele C. Johnson
JOHNSON, Adele C., It is with great sadness that the family of Adele C. Johnson announces her passing on Sunday, April 25, from pancreatic cancer. Adele, affectionately known as AJ, was well-known for her non-profit work in the Richmond community, having led the Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC), Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation and most recently, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Alma Johnson. She leaves behind the love of her life for 25-plus years, William S. "Bill" Cooper Jr. (husband); her daughter, Lisa D. Collins (Lorenzo); son, Eric S. Cooper (Laila); five grandchildren (Emera, Lia, Lorenzo Jr., Eric Jr. and Elijah); along with a host of family and close friends. Celebration of Life service is pending. To honor her memory and at her request, the family is asking that in lieu of any other acts of kindness, that memorial donations be made to the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (122 West Leigh Street, Richmond 23220). Online guestbook at
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Apr. 27, 2021.
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Sea Bright! Sparkling sunlight glinting like sequins off cooling blue waters, stirred by refreshing sea breezes. A hometown name with metaphoric qualities so perfectly suited to Adele’s luminous spirit. Such beautiful memories she spreads in her wake.
Richard Woodward
May 8, 2021
You are a STAR and blazed a trail across Virginia and the country. Your energy, vision, compassion and passion to make a difference did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. You made life better for so many. We will work to live up to your contributions and leadership. Rest in Peace knowing your journey was a wonder and we are better for having traveled with you. Much love and blessings
Steven Sims
May 7, 2021
I did not know Mrs. Johnson personally. We conversed occasionally when I attended art and cultural events at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. She ensured guest always felt welcomed. Her demeanor was calm and professional. Truly a woman of grace. Earth´s loss is heaven´s gain. RIP!
Gigi Garnett
May 2, 2021
RIP. A wonderful, inspiring person
Gloria Taylor Edwards
May 1, 2021
Mike Royster
April 30, 2021
My deepest Condolences to you and your family I´m forever praying for strength comfort and peace.
Deacon Michelle,Billups from Saint Pauls Baptist Church
April 29, 2021
Just read the article in the Tues RTD. Extending my sincerest condolences to Bill and the entire family. I met Adele through One Voice Chorus and had such huge respect for her gracious leadership skills and love for all.
Sherri L. Rose
April 28, 2021
Adele was a beautiful person, inside and out. My deepest sympathy goes to her family and friends. Our community has lost a jewel.
Stacie Birchett
April 28, 2021
Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time. Please accept my warmest condolences.
Susan Roberson, RPS
April 27, 2021
Sorry for your loss. She was a nice, friendly lady. I am praying for your family in this time of sadness.
janet armstead
April 27, 2021
Lisa and Family, My heartfelt condolences are extended to each of you. My childhood memories recall the amazing relationship you both shared. Your mom was the epitome of grace, beauty, sophistication, genuine kindness and love for family and community. I have always admired her amazing spirit. You too, encompass these remarkable traits. Her memory will remain forever! God Bless you, my friend. Heaven has welcomed an amazing Angel! Peace, Love & Comfort.
Angela Simmons-Cason
April 27, 2021
Lisa and family, My heartfelt condolences in the passing of your mom ( grandmother, spouse). A truly remarkable woman, touching so many lives. May her legacy continue to thrive throughout each of you and the communities she touched. Prayers and thoughts are with you now and in the days ahead for comfort and peace.
Izetta Vaughan
April 27, 2021
Prayers and condolences to the family.
Gwendolyn Parham
April 27, 2021
Adele and I connected during the 70s working for City's Department if Model Cities and remained friends. I will miss her so much. My condolences to Lisa and the family.
Barbara Branch
April 27, 2021
I remember Adele as an eloquent lady with a quiet commanding presence! The scripture says that we don´t sorrow as those who have no hope! To Bill and her daughter and the rest of the family remember this: Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal!
Keith Manuel
April 27, 2021
I didn´t know Mrs Johnson personally, but seeing her in passing for years, I could tell that she was the epitome of sincere and kindness. I´m sure she will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences and prayers I offer to you! RIP
Andalo BrunsonJr
April 27, 2021
We too share your lost. God only takes the best. Be strong.
James Melvin & Lillie Watson
April 27, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Ms. Terry and I would enjoy when she came in the infant room to visit with her grand baby.
Candy Satchell
April 27, 2021