OBITUARY

Reverend Aaron L. Johnson

August 29, 1934November 5, 2020
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Aaron (Buddy) L. Johnson, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee was born to the late Calloway (Calvin) and Daisy R. Johnson on August 29, 1934. He departed this life on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Star Regional Medical Center, Athens Tennessee.

Aaron was a graduate of Austin High School, Knoxville, Tennessee class of 1954. After graduation, he enlisted into the U.S. Army where he completed one tour of duty in the Korean War. He returned to Knoxville and went on to attend Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State (Tennessee A&I State) in Nashville, Tennessee earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science.

While attending Tennessee A&I State, he met his wife, Johnnie Dyer. They entered into Holy Matrimony on July 17, 1962. Not long after receiving the call to the ministry, he went on to earn a Master’s of Science Degree in Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary; Salisbury, North Carolina. His ministry began at Oak Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and concluded with Rust Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois; 50 years of ministry before retiring in 2003.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents; Calloway (Calvin) and Daisy R. Johnson; maternal grandmother, Anna G. Jackson; sisters, Hattie M. Walker and Louise J. Sweeney; best friend and devoted brother-in-law, Marcus L. Walker, Sr.

He leaves to celebrate a life well lived; wife, Johnnie M. Johnson of 58 years, Chattanooga, Tennessee; daughter, Bernadette Johnson, Nashville, Tennessee; sister, Patricia A. Brown, Atlanta, Georgia; special devoted first cousins, Rogers Jackson, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee; Geraldine Taylor, Knoxville, Tennessee; Billy Brantley, Omaha, Nebraska; GD Brantley, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Ella Mae Jenkins, Knoxville, Tennessee; in addition to several devoted nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 10 am – 12 noon at Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin – Strickland Chapel

Funeral service for Reverend Aaron Johnson will be held on 12 noon on Tuesday, November 17 in the funeral home chapel with Elder Joel Walker officiating Interment to follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

We respectfully request that social distancing and all CDC Covid-19 measures be adhered to. Masks will be required.

Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services Franklin -Strickland Chapel, 1724 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37404, 423-265-4414. Please visit our website to share your memories: www.advantagefranklin-strickland.com

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Ladonna Holliman

November 18, 2020

My sincerest condolences to my friend
Chip
Your dad, such an accomplished man will be greatly honored and missed

Michael Sweeney

November 17, 2020

You've always was my favorite uncle Buddy I will forever cherish the times me you and Granddad spent together you forever in my heart look forward to seeing you again.

Antonetta Carter

November 16, 2020

Sending prayers of strength, peace & comfort for the family & loved ones. May you Rest In Peace Coach Johnson’s Sweet Daddy❤️

Herman Jackson

November 16, 2020

Cousin Buddy, you were always a favorite! You expressed your love in the most real way. I will miss you but I'll carry you in my heart.

Kenji Woods

November 15, 2020

Bernadette you and mother Johnson are in our family prayers condolence to you all your father will be dearly missed ❤

Hope Washington

November 13, 2020

Bernadette I’m praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. You have my deepest condolences❤️.

Deborah Madden/Nelson

November 12, 2020

RIP uncle buddy I will forever remember ur genius personality and beautiful smile my entire Madden/Nelson family🙏🏾

G. Denise Walker

November 9, 2020

You will be missed more now than ever Uncle Buddy!! May you rest in peace ~ well done thy good and faithful servant! G. Denise Walker ~

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