James Johnson

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jimmie Johnson, age 66, husband of Linda T. Johnson and the son of the late Clyde and Mossie P. Johnson, Suffolk, passed away on Jan. 9, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
He graduated from Suffolk High School in 1961 and was a member of First Baptist Church and the Business Men’s Bible Class.
Jimmie retired from the Suffolk Fire Department after 33 years. He had reached the rank of Battalion Chief, having been a member of the HazMat team and Instructor I, II, III. He received numerous awards of achievement, and was trained under the Virginia Division of Forestry. He was an avid bowler, a NASCAR enthusiast and his passion was spending time at Kill Devil Hills with his granddaughters. He worked part time at Newton TV for 20 years and was also an employee of Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda; one daughter, Renee Strickland, son-in-law, Gene Strickland; granddaughters, Jenna Baker and Rachel Strickland; one great-grandson, Andrew James Baker; one sister, Kay Johnson, of Roswell, Ga.; numerous aunts, cousins and loving friends and one Goddaughter, Kim Jones.
He was lovingly cared for by Mary Langston and the Heartland Hospice team.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Bryan Ray and the Rev. Charles Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill cemetery, with fireman’s rites. Friends may join the family for visitation on Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive, Suffolk.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Evangelism International, P.O. Box 3001, Chesapeake, VA 23327 and First Baptist Church School Building Fund, 237 North Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.

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