Biography: LW Johnson Jr. Son of the late LW Johnson Sr and Hattie Mae Cummings was the oldest of 3 children born September 25, 1944 in Aiken County SC. He departed his earthly life on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Albert Einstein Division of Montefiore Medical Hospital, located in Bronx NY.
At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He was baptized and joined Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend John H. Riley. His early education was in the schools of Aiken County, SC. When he was 16 years old, his family relocated to the Bronx, NY. He attended Morris High School and also worked at Poly Clinic Hospital in the dietary department. He graduated in 1963. In 1964, he was united in holy matrimony to Lessie Bell Bush. To this union, they were blessed with two beautiful children. He started working with Health & Hospitals Corp in the dietary department at Metropolitan Hospital, then transferred to EMS at Jacobi Hospital as an EMT specialist and later became a Lieutenant.
He retired from HHC & NYC Fire Department in 1996. He chauffeured for 12 years after retirement.
LW and Lessie joined The Goodwill Baptist Church in 1965 under their christian experience. His mother gave him a Living Bible and he began reading and studying it daily before he left home in the morning and during his lunch break at work. Soon his co-workers saw how serious he was about his love of the Lord, and began asking him to pray with them. He began to attend Sunday school, Bible study, christian education classes, joined the Usher Board and Training for Service and graduated. He was asked to become a walking Deacon and was ordained on as a Deacon on July 18, 2005 at The Goodwill Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Booker, T. Sears JR. He served faithfully visiting hospitals, Nursing Homes, The sick and shut Ins, and, driving the church’s vans.
In March 2009 he had a stroke. In 2016, his health began to restrict him from moving freely, Thus, he was confined to being home bound.
He was preceded in death by his sister Julia Mae Bradley, Mother Hattie Mae Johnson, grandson Kashif C. Johnson and Father L.W. Johnson.
L.W. leaves to cherish his fond memories, a Dear Wife Lessie B. Johnson, son Chauncey Johnson, Daughter Tammy (Rory) Johnson- Barnes. All from Bronx, New York. A sister that he dearly loved, Shirley A. Hilton of Aiken, S.C. Granddaughters, Lace Ebony Johnson of Phoenix Arizona, Julia Taylor Barnes of Framingham, Massachusetts, Twins Violeta and Ceasar Johnson of Bronx, New York. Two adopted grandchildren, Tamia and Esaias Bradley of Bronx, New York. Three goddaughters Shayla Bush of New Ellenton, S.C., Shawna Morant, (Michael) of Charlotte, N.C. and Alice Rebecca Ervin of Windsor, N.C.
Three aunts, Katie Mae Dandridge of Augusta GA and Patricia Cato of New Ellenton, S.C., Virginia Johnson of Graniteville, S.C.
Two Brother-in-Laws, James Bush of Aiken, S.C. and Fred Bush of Graniteville, S.C. Two Sister-In-Laws, Alice Bush of Aiken, S.C. and Patricia Bush of Graniteville, S.C. Nephews, Baron and Jemal Bradley, Antoine and Timothy Bush. Nieces, Donna Moore, Kecia Allen, Shayla Bush, Sherri Bush-Gordon, Alexis Thomas A host of great nieces, great nephews, two childhood friends, Harry Bing, and Sidney Hay, two very dear deacons, Joseph Robinson, and Calvin Hamlin who assisted in helping Lessie to take care of LW for the past 9 years during his illness. Two long time close friends Mr Jessie and Mrs. Alice Taylor.
A vast host of loving cousins, friends, co-workers, and caregivers.