Bishop Maurice L. Johnson Jr.

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 16, 2004

Bishop Maurice Lynward &uot;Bobby&uot; Johnson, Jr., of the 200 block of Burnetts Way, died Dec. 13, 2004 at his residence. A native of Portsmouth, he was son of the late Bishop Maurice L. Johnson, Sr., and Leah Irby Johnson.

He was a 1953 graduate of I. C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, the Madie Peyton Bible College, and the Charles H. Mason Bible College. He served in the United States Air Force from 1954-57 and retired from the HRSA-ILA.

He was the pastor of Bethany Cathedral Church of God In Christ United Jurisdiction, Inc. and was a member of the Bible School, YPWW, and Bible study teacher. He was a former Medicaid driver and volunteer driver, chaplain, former member of the Democratic Committee, and Senior Citizens group.

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He is survived by his wife, Barbara Boyette Johnson; six daughters, Delquesha F. Boyette, Jenelle L. Boyette, Maurisia Johnson Nixon (Frederick), all of Suffolk, Celestina Johnson of Portsmouth, Muriel Johnson

(Cherise) of Portsmouth, Maurice L. Johnson III, of Madison, Wis., Daverin Johnson, Maurice L. Johnson, IV of Tuskegee, Ala.; five sisters, Marion Porter, Annie Block, Deborah Spruill of Portsmouth, Margaret Johnson Young, and Gloria Newton-Morris of Suffolk; five brothers, Alton Johnson of Hampton, Lewis Johnson of Alabama, Marlon Johnson of Portsmouth, Brian Johnson of Richmond, and Elder Daniel Watford of San Antonio, Texas; 21 grandchildren, three great grandchildren; one aunt, Vera Moore of Portsmouth; one uncle, Elder Samuel Moore of Portsmouth; a devoted niece who was like a daughter, Brenda B. Atkins; devoted nephews, Elder A. Porter and Cedric Boyette; two devoted brothers-in-laws, Clarence Grant(Jacqueline) and Willie L. Block; five sisters-in-law, Lynda P. Johnson, Sue Johnson, Darlene Johnson, Delores Johnson, and Rosemary Watford; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004 in Tabernacle Christian Church, conducted by Bishop Madison G. Copeland. Interment will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery. A wake service will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Gates of Heaven Church of God In Christ. The family will be at 231 Burnetts Way. Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk is handling arrangements.