James Lewis Johnson

November 27, 1935January 6, 2019

James (Jim) Lewis Johnson was born on November 27, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Earl and Nellie Johnson. He was the fourth of five children. As a young boy, his family moved to New Jersey and lived in a cold water tenement.

As a child, Jim enjoyed fishing in the Dundee Canal. As the youngest boy, it was his job to deliver a homemade lunch to his father at the paper mill on the Dundee Canal every day.

Jim enjoyed attending a storefront mission where Miss Catherine faithfully presented the gospel to neighborhood children.

James attended high school in Clifton, New Jersey. At age seventeen, he enlisted in the army. He spent some time on the West Coast and visited the same church In Tacoma, Washington where his brother, Earl, was saved. At the close of the Korean Conflict, James was deployed to Korea for a short period of time. After completing his tour of duty, Jim then received an honorable discharge.

James became an over-the-road trucker who drove his eighteen-wheeler through all 48 continental states.

Upon retirement, James moved to Baltimore, Maryland to be close to his brother, Dr. Earl M. Johnson, Jr. He enjoyed living nearby with his puppy. James frequently attended Grace Bible Baptist Church to hear his brother preach, and then joined the family for Sunday dinners following the morning service. James loved family and maintained close relationships with his relatives in Maryland and New Jersey, and reestablished family contacts in Utah, Arkansas, Florida, and California. He never missed an occasion to celebrate with family.

In August of 2018, James was diagnosed with cancer and passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, January 6, 2019.

James was preceded in death by his wife Joann, brother Charles, and sisters Mary Stellita and Joy Jablonowski. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Earl M. Johnson, Jr.; children Douglas Jessop, Regina (Gina) Jessop, Valarie Scott and Debbie Miller; step-children William Corcoran (wife Kristine), Edward Corcoran; and a host of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.


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Rikki Perez

February 15, 2019

RIP Grandpa.

Patricia (Tassara) Branovich

January 9, 2019

Uncle Jim,

I'm very sad to hear that you passed away. I will always miss you. I learned a lot from you since I came to this country. Thanks for teaching me about the American culture, cooking, and most importantly, giving your unconditional love to aunt Jo-Ann and all of our family.

Rest in peace. You accomplished so much in your life and it's time for you to reunite with aunt Jo-Ann in heaven.

Kay (Tassara) Branovich

William Corcoran

January 9, 2019

You came into our lives in July of 1976, and stepped into a role that would affect the rest of my life profoundly. You, in essence, became the father I really didnt have, and taught me everything about love, respect and how to be an honorable man, just like you. Invaluable lessons, I couldn’t have learned from anyone else. I will love and miss you for the rest of my life.
With love, your son,

Lia Neeb

January 8, 2019

May you rest in peace Uncle Jim. May your family find peace in knowing you are at rest. I will miss our summer trips to Seaside, watching Jeopardy together, your funny duck sounds and your smile. Thank you for all the memories that I will hold in my heart.
Love your niece,

Chattathip Tassara

January 8, 2019

Jim, You took very good care of my sister in law Jo-ann and I will always remember you for the kindness and love you showed her. You are in my thoughts and now the two of you can be together again. Rest in peace.
Love Tip

Richard Tassara

January 8, 2019

You came into Jo-anns life at a time when she needed someone like you who could love her unconditionally. She came alive around you and lasted as long as she did because of your loving care. For this I will always be grateful. You will be missed.

Robert Tassara

January 8, 2019

Uncle Jim,

I am so very sad that you have passed and you will be in my thoughts. I will always appreciate the time you and Aunt Jo-Ann let me move in for my Senior year of High school, so I could rejoin my friend for my last year. You both took me in with open arms and it will never be forgotten. You were a big part of who I am today and wish we had kept more in touch after Aunt Jo-Ann had passed. I would have loved my kids to meet you. Hopefully you have reconnected with aunt Jo-Ann and regain the piece of your heart that was missing all these years. Rest in peace Uncle Jim.

Love your nephew,

Tara Bondesen

January 8, 2019

I am so sorry for everyone's loss. Uncle Jim was a great man and will be missed dearly. XOXO