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FRED JOHNSON

FRED DOUGLAS JOHNSON Jr.

Wednesday, October 8th, 1941 - Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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Fred Douglas Johnson, Jr. was born on October 8, 1941. He was the son of the late Fred Sr. and Margaret Johnson. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Fred Jr. grew up on Arsenal Avenue on the north side and attended East High School. After graduating from East H.S. in 1960, he enlisted in the Navy as a hospital corpsman (Navy medic). He served 20 years both aboard ship and ashore. During his naval service, Fred earned his bachelor’s degree in health care services from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, DC. He retired in 1980, with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9).

After leaving the Navy, Fred worked as an administrator of hospitals in Texas. Returning to Columbus in 1986, Fred began his civil service career in health care with the state of Ohio. He later co-led the Office of Minority Health within the Columbus Public Health Department. As a health care educator, he championed men and minority health issues, couples counseling and conflict resolution. He retired from CPH in 2014.

Fred accepted Christ as a youth at Love Zion Baptist Church. Most recently, he was a member of Grace New Covenant Worship Center, where he served as a deacon, covenant guard and a Ministry Training Institute instructor. He also served with the Jaycees of Pensacola, Florida and served the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio as president.

Fred transitioned unexpectedly on October 22, 2019, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Carlita; his children Karl, Keith (Kerri), Kimberly (Tony), Maurice and Bryan; his grandchildren Morgan, McKenzie, Kyle and Skye; his siblings Phyllis, Freda Ann, Jacqueline, Sharon, Nanette, Karen and Don (Regina); other relatives and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Beverly.

Fred was a great son, brother, father, uncle, Navy sailor, health care leader, church member, neighbor and friend, and an avid reader. A wonderful loving, caring husband, Fred will be dearly missed!
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Grace New Covenant Worship Center
    Address
    1643 Aberdeen Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio 43211
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Grace New Covenant Worship Center
    Address
    1643 Aberdeen Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio 43211
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Tyrone Smith

Posted at 01:59pm
Fred,

You will certainly be missed by many, including your family here at NAICCO. We will always be forever grateful for the strength, love, honor, and happiness you shared with us all in your later years. You came into our world during a very stressful time, a time when most were heading the other direction. You knew NAICCO was struggling, and in a very dire situation at that time… Yet you, our soon to be champion, stepped forth without asking for anything in return, and offered to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us – thick or thin. Together, we helped inspire one another to give it our best shot. From your will to achieve something great in behalf of our Native people, you helped guide our journey to where we are today. Because of the light you brought into NAICCO and our people’s lives, we are able to see that much clearer, and hold our heads that much higher. The pleasure of knowing you and being able to call you our leader and relative, has undoubtedly been a privilege. Thank you, for being the man you were in your lifetime, and in our lives. We will miss you dearly Fred, yet forever cherish all the good memories and teachings you left us with. Until we meet again…

Sincerely,
Your NAICCO Family
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Elizabeth A Reese

Posted at 11:54am
During our Sunday services Brother Johnson was the Keeper of the Door at Grace New Covenant Worship Center. Whenever I turned my head to look back , there he was guarding the door. I'll continue to look back at the door, always thinking of him. He made us all feel safe! I pray comfort and peace for his wife Carlita and his family.

Sister Liz Reese
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