Michael Joseph Johnson

September 6, 1946May 18, 2017
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Michael Joseph Johnson, age 70, of Knoxville, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was a member of South Knoxville Baptist Church and attended West Haven Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Vietnam War. Mike had an illustrious career in radio broadcasting. He started off as a radio announcer with WKXV radio and worked at WNOX and eighteen stations throughout the Knoxville area. He became an announcer for Maryville College, the Knoxville Smokies, the Lady Gators in Florida, and retired from WELE in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was the main broadcaster for Bethune-Cookman College. He announced many high school football games in the Knoxville area. He worked in the press box at the University of Tennessee basketball games answering the phone for the Associated Press. Mike was an avid fan of the Lady Vols. Mike is preceeded in death by his parents Ira O. Johnson, Jr. and Darless Lane Johnson; brother, Ira O. Johnson III; grandparents, and uncles and aunts. Mike is survived by his brothers, Luke (Isabelle) and Melvin (Mary) Johnson; nieces and nephews Melinda, Melanie, Mel, and Kevin; several great-nieces and nephews; and cousins Doug, Diane, Danny, Andy, and Deborah and spouses; and many other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm. Family and friends will proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery following the funeral service for the interment. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, May 27, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Barbara A.K.A. Big John's Sweetie

July 16, 2017

We will all miss Mike. He's probably up in heaven, calling games between the residents and the staff. He was such a quiet, humble man when he was not on the radio. Mike had a complete personality change once the games started. When we met his brother, he said when Mike was a kid, he would practice calling the game holding a broom. Mike Johnson was fantastic!

Sherry Wallace Barry

July 4, 2017

Such fun memories with Mike and our South High classmates. Mike will be missed at our class gatherings at Kay's and our future reunions.

Darryl Nattiel

May 27, 2017

Its hard to believe you've gone on to be with the Lord.I learned so much from you ..We traveld thousands of miles and had thousands of laughs. ..Life will never be the same without our conversations. .Rest on My brother tell my mom, dad, and sister I said hello !!!

John & Millie Burton

May 26, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good neighbor and a fellow dog lover and he will be missed in our community.
John & Millie Burton

Nancy Richer

May 25, 2017

Luke and Isabell,
My parents, Sol and Lillian, loved your family as I do. I am heartbroken at the loss of such a wonderful, compassionate man as Mike Johnson. May his memory be a blessing for you.

Mary Denny

May 25, 2017

Knew Mike for quite some time. He was a very special friend. He was loving and kind to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will forever be missed. He was an angel here on earth and now an angel in heaven. May he rest in peace. Love you my friend, Mary Denny

Daryl Henry

May 25, 2017

Luke and Isabell please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother Mike. I am so glad we got to know him and do some things together after he moved back to Knoxville. He will certainly be missed by family and friends. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come.

May 24, 2017

Genuine friends Mike and I. A gentle soul. Always kind and humble. A man of extraordinary character. Always true to himself. We've shared some beautiful moments together which have now become beautiful memories. A treasure I will forever have and be grateful for. He will always have a special place in my heart like no other. I miss my friend. I'm sure he will light up the heavens with his presence. May his soul rest in peace. Love you always, Violet Copeland

May 24, 2017

Although I knew Mike for quite some time, I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike better over the past 8 years. He was a very genuine and caring person. He was not very talkative unless it was a topic he felt strongly about. He had a strong sense of family loyalty and a great love of animals-especially after he adopted Pepper. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Linda Copeland

Gloria Paul

May 23, 2017

Some people just make the world a nicer place to live in. They are humble, kind, generous, thoughtful, hardworking, dedicated, and loving. Michael was definitely one of those people. And, I will always consider it a great blessing to have known him. The world we live in needs more people like Mike.

I can only smile:) Heaven is so wonderful, in part because our loss is its gain.

Michael Johnson, your memory will live on in everyone who had the extraordinary pleasure of knowing you.