Obituary for Mr. James Earl Johnson

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Mr. James Earl Johnson

August 13, 1951 - February 21, 2020

James Earl Johnson was born in Dallas, Texas on August 13, 1951 to the union of Helen Jean Fowler and Henry Johnson.
James attended his family church Gaines Chapel AME throughout his childhood and continued building his faith for the duration of his life via various church associations. He attended Dallas Public Schools and graduated from James Madison High school in 1969. The home of the mighty Trojans.
After graduation, James became an enlisted soldier of the United States Army. He served his country for two years (71-73) in combat as a Vietnam Army Veteran. In addition to surviving war, he was a two-time survivor of cancer. Well Done Solider!
James returned home to reunite with family and friends then quickly landed a job with Collins Radio renamed Rockwell in Richardson, TX. Rockwell was merged with Alcatel and through this transition he found an extended family of co-workers for over 25 years. He was very active in the Union and he retired in 2004.
The trophies can attest to his love for competitive sports. He played on various Flag Football, Basketball and Softball teams until his health prevented him. Although he could no longer play the game, he lived through his grandchildren’s extracurricular activities. He was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.
He was first married to Sharon Dyan Tatum and later he married Mary Sue Holmes. This was the beginning of a growing and blended family.
In the early morning on Friday, February 21, 2020, this warrior was called home to rest. He is preceded in death by his father, Henry Johnson; his brothers, Jerry Johnson and Carl Lee Kelly; aunts, Billie Jean Tiller and Mae Francis McKinney; and uncles, J.W Crowder and Walter Crowder.
His homegoing is celebrated by his mother, Helen Kelly, his brothers Michel Wayne Kelly, Crandall Kelly, Billy Johnson, John Johnson and his sisters, Sandra Jean Johnson and Sorainya (Johnson) Harris, his children Ken Holmes, To Rhonda Gipson(Michael), Tharon Johnson (Nakita), Chundra Minor (Anthony), Eugenia Price, Jarome Holmes, Darius Johnson, and Fatimah Johnson, grandchildren, Brittany, Deja, Corey, Keshun, Jarome Jr, Karis, Jonathan, Ethan, Kennedy, Tatum and Khloe along with a host of family and friends.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Home


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Chapel


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216


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Born: August 13, 1951
September 27, 2017
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Trip
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Trip
September 27, 2017
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Trip
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Trip
September 27, 2017
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Trip
St. Thomas Virgin Islands Trip
Died: February 21, 2020

Condolences for Mr. James Earl Johnson

Homer L. Birdine posted on 3/5/20

James will be missed. I can remember the many days we would hang our enjoying the company of our teammates after a softball game. Those days will never be forgotten. We all were like a family. That is why our team name added Family to it. We became The Pirate Family. Forever a teammate, my friend.


Renita Donnell posted on 3/3/20

James, you held me up when I was down, we talked about any and everything and nothing I will truly miss you.. To his family your dad thought the world of you guys but you knew that stay close....RIP my friend.


Leonard E Reynolds posted on 3/3/20

My dear longtime friend/brother. You will be missed. Our daily conversation, Telling jokes that would leave your stomach hurting from laughing. From hanging with the family, at the house making cakes with my wife and especially those days at Collins, Rockwell/Alcatel. Those memories will last forever my friend. RIP dear friend.


Estella Belton posted on 3/2/20

A friend gone on heaven too soon! Will miss him.


Carleen Wynn posted on 3/2/20

My prayers for the Family, James was a very good Friend to me. He was always there when you needed him. He will be dearly missed.


Vivian Epps posted on 3/2/20

Rest in Heaven my Friend, I can remember the neighborhood we grew up in and how much fun we always had, and how we reconnected at Collins/Rockwell/Alcatel, I will miss our long talks and always remember how you would call and check on me, you would say Hey Epps where are you at now, just told you on February 14th that I was in Indiana now and how very cold it was here, I could always count on you to check on me, gonna miss you my friend. Rest Well. Vivian