Funeral services for Wesley Johnson, of Pensacola, Fla.,formerly of the Loyd Star community, are 10 a.m. on Saturday, April9, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven, with burial in thechurch cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge ofarrangements.
Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Johnson, 67, died March 30, 2011, in Pensacola. He was born inLincoln County on Oct. 20, 1943, to Sylvester and Mary ElizaJohnson. He was the eleventh of fourteen children. He confessedChrist early in life and united with Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. He wasactive in the church. Before his passing, he rededicated his lifeto the Lord. He attended Progress School through the ninth grade.He later transferred to Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven wherehe played basketball and was involved in many extracurricularactivities. He graduated in 1963.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was first stationed at KadenaAir Force Base in Japan. He earned many commendations, including:Air Force Commendation Medal W/2 Devices, Air Force Conduct MedalW/6 Devices, Military Education Ribbon with Device, PresidentialUnit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He served 21years and nine months of active duty. He retired from the Air ForceJuly 31, 1985. He continued his career as a civilianemployee.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, LucienJohnson, Luther Johnson, Maxie Johnson, John Johnson and DavidJohnson; his sisters, Inez Norwood, Bernice Johnson, and herhusband, Luther; his brother-in-law, Earnest Bacon; and hismother-in-law, Eva Lee Tillman.
Survivors are his wife of 28 years, Sadie Tillman-Johnson; hisdaughter, Sharon Denise Jefferson-Wood and her husband, Del, ofPalm Beach, Fla.; his son, Anthony Eli Johnson and his wife,Lavonya, of Pace, Fla.; his granddaughter, Sherell Wood; hisgrandsons, Anthony Ezekial Johnson, Courtney Danielle House,Decarlos Wood and Derrick Wood; his sisters, Bertha Nelson ofChampaign, Ill., Addie Bacon of Westmont, Ill., Minister ClaraJohnson, Annie B. Goss and her husband, The Rev. Albert, ofJackson; and his brother, Robert Johnson and his wife, Diane, ofSan Jose, Calif.