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Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Sharon Williams Johnson

April 21, 1948September 5, 2019

Sharon Williams Johnson, 71, of Henrico, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 5, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zigmund “Hap” and Mary Lee Opachinski, and her brother, John Williams. Sharon grew up in Richmond and attended Marymount High School as well as Marymount University. She had a passion for animals and worked for many years with animal rescue groups, both local and nationwide. Sharon was a beautiful person inside and out who will forever be missed and never, ever forgotten. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 23 years, Ervin Johnson; her children, Sam Brown and Christopher Brown; her grandchildren, Madison and Morgan Brown; the love of her life, her dog, Buddy; Ervin’s children, Kellie Banton (David Belcher) and Mark Johnson (Sherri); Ervin’s four grandchildren; and her closest friends, Lynn Grey, Bennie Ivey, Robin Dunbar. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, in Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1400 S. Randolph St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her parents, Zigmund “Hap” and Mary Lee Opachinski, and her brother, John Williams. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 23 years, Ervin Johnson; her children, Sam Brown and Christopher Brown; her grandchildren, Madison and Morgan Brown; the love of her life, her dog, Buddy; Ervin’s children, Kellie Banton (David Belcher) and Mark Johnson (Sherri); Ervin’s four grandchildren; and her closest friends, Lynn Grey, Bennie Ivey, Robin Dunbar.

Services

21 September

Committal Service

2:00 pm

Mount Calvary Cemetery

1400 S. Randolph Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Memories

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Robin Dunbar

September 13, 2019

Always…that’s how Sharon would end her conversations with me and soon it was our go-to salutation for each other. Please remember, “I love you, always.” We were like two sisters separated at birth reunited or long-term friends since grammar school solving life’s problems on the playground.

We often talked about how we became immediate and close friends working dog rescue together. Little did we know, at the time, it would turn in to a twelve-year friendship and one of the most meaningful in my life. We both felt divine intervention brought us together. It was a natural, caring, unconditional friendship.

Sharon was my “no-matter-what” friend. She didn’t care what my troubles were, she was always there for me. She was authentic, unpretentious, direct, and forgiving. She would spend most of her time concerned about other people (or animals) more than herself. She worked relentlessly and tirelessly trying to find loving homes for abandoned, neglected, or abused dogs.

My life was better having known Sharon. I suppose that’s the greatest gift we can give to one another. I cherish the laughs we had together, tears we shed, and heartache we confronted and comforted. But, most of all, I will remember…always.

Lesley Brown

September 8, 2019

Sharon was a loving Grandmother "Nana" to her two Grand Daughters Madison Brown and Morgan Brown. She loved to make them laugh. She was a kind Mother In-law to myself. Her passion was Dogs and spent her time helping rescues and trying to help lost pets reunite with their owner's. May she rest in peace.

Jaison Morgan

September 8, 2019

Sharon was the proud mother of two boys, Sammy & Christopher. I attended Benedictine High School with Sammy, and she was a constant source of love and support to me and everyone who came into her home. She was an amazing lady.

Lyn Gray

September 8, 2019

Sharon and I became friends in 1969 while attending Pan American Business School. We remained friends over the years until her death. I will always cherish our friendship. RIP, my dear friend.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY