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James "Rick" Johnson, Jr.
October 12, 1947 ~ August 22, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Surrounded by his loving family, James Johnson, Jr. (Rick) passed away suddenly on the morning of August 22, 2023, in Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama. He was 75 years old-the second child of James Johnson Sr. and Dolly Mae Mahone-Johnson. James (Rick) was born in Columbus, Georgia, on October 12, 1947. His parents, deceased wife, fiance, Son, goddaughter, and four siblings deeply cherished him. Always patient, kind, thoughtful, and diligent. James (Rick) spent his childhood in Columbus, where he learned the value and art of working hard. He was in good health for most of his life and was energized by hard work. At nine, he started working at a grocery store, preparing food for a restaurant, helping pay bills, and feeding his family at a young age.
. James (Rick) always prioritized his family's needs, demonstrating Philippians 2:3. He did nothing out of selfish ambition or hopeless pride, but he was humble and considered others better than himself. Overall, he was just a genuine, loving, and caring guy. James (Rick) was continually focused on his dynamic skills with diligence and tenacity, becoming an indispensable member of the Union. He was an industrial, commercial painter. Before retiring, he served in the union for 25 years with William Specialist Union in various industrial capacities. James (Rick) took great pride in his tenure at the William Specialist Union in Cottonton, Alabama; his friends often asked him for advice and guidance. With a huge heart and generous spirit, he cherished his family, adopted family, and established a household where love ruled the roost. He believed in Christ Jesus, encouraged others to put God first, and accepted Jesus as His personal Lord and Savior at his bedside in the hospital. James (Rick) was a chef at heart. He loved to cook on the grill. His favorite grill dish was barbeque ribs. He always had a smile on his face as he cooked and served his family. James (Rick) helped his fiance Barbara raise foster boys.
He loved and cared for the foster kids as they were his own. He took them to school and work. He instilled in his son Rickey and foster sons the importance of work ethic. He taught them how to be a gentleman as he opened the door for his fiance, teaching them the importance of being polite and respecting others.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Johnson.: brother Michael Johnson, and Sister Margaret Davis (Robert). He leaves to cherish his memories one son, Rickey Johnson (Nakosha); Fiance, Barbara
Green-Johnson; goddaughter, Sherry Baigle; Sister, Mary Ann Johnson-cook (John Sr); Brother, Henry Lee Johnson (Charlotte); and a host of aunts, niece, nephews, foster sons, adopted children, other relatives, and friends