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Willie David Johnson was born in Sparta, Georgia the 3rd of 8 children and is preceded in death by both parents Bill (Lovett) Johnson and Irma McClain. He met and married Lucy Mae Williams in May 1955. To this union was born four children; Donald, Diane, David and Timothy. He was inducted into the United States Army in 1956 and received an honorable discharge after serving his tour of duty. He worked several jobs in Lakeland, Florida before moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1959 where he eventually settled in to a long career with the Defense Construction Supply Center (DCSC). He retired after nearly 30 years of service. Willie went on to work with Federal Express and retired after 5 years of service. Most notable was his entrepreneurial spirit as a small business owner, his business ventures included; “Johnson’s Janitorial and Johnson’s Caretaker Service”. He hired many neighborhood teenagers giving them their first job experience. Known for his athleticism he participated in tennis and ping pong and could beat the pants off of many much younger opponents. He always had a drive to improve his station in life and attended Bliss College where he finished several classes. Willie was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing with the Male Chorus. He was a jack of all trades and what he didn’t know he would research and find a way to get it done. Willie leaves his legacy of accomplishments to all those who knew him. The family includes his children; Donald Johnson, Diane (James) Salter, David (Ariel)Johnson, Timothy (Melissa) Johnson and (7) grandchildren, (2) great grandchildren, he is preceded in death by brothers Clinton and, Charles (CS) Johnson, his is survived by brothers Herman (Pete) Johnson, Charles (Delores) Johnson, Johnnie Johnson, sisters; Sally Buckley and Patricia Jackson. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends are left to celebrate his life’s journey.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Chapel of Caliman Funeral Services
    3700 Refugee Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43232
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    PLEASE READ BEFORE VISITATION... During this time of the pandemic, we understand the complexities of wanting to honor your loved one and allowing friends and relatives to show their support. While it is important to us to honor the request of a family, we must also adhere to State of Ohio mandates when it comes to public and private gatherings. The protocols Caliman Funeral Services have put in place will make it not only manageable but still allow for visitation services be meaningful. To give those who wish to visit with the family and view their loved one we allow no more than twenty guests at a time to process into the facility. This is to sign the register book, state your condolences to the family, view your loved one and exit the building. It is our goal to make this less stressful for family and friends, maintain the integrity and honoring the family during a difficult time, and being in compliance concerning the mandates of the State of Ohio. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Caliman Funeral Services
  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 12:00pm
    Caliman Funeral Services
    3700 Refugee Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43232
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Elon Meeks
  • Interment

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 |
    Friday, October 9th, 2020
    Green Lawn Cemetery (Columbus)
    1000 Greenlawn Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio 43223
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My Condolences To The Johnson Brothers , Diane and The Rest Of The Family...
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