James "Howard" Johnson was born on April 8, 1945 to Rosie Nadmi Rogers and Leslie H. Johnson, in Pittsburg, Texas. He attended Central Point and Fredrick Douglas Elementary Schools.
Howard accepted Christ at an early age, at Union Chapel Baptist Church. He moved
to Los Angeles, California in 1959, and graduated from Manuel Arts High School.
On March 7, 1964, Howard joined the United States Marine Corps, and fought in the Vietnam War from 1965-1968. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1968. After his call of duty in the Marines, Howard was employed by Murphy Auto Towing Service for 10 years, then the Veteran"s Administration Laundry Service for 13 years.
In 1967 Howard's first child Keith Johnson was born; he had his second child Nicole Johnson in 1973, and his third child David Clements in 1976.
In the years to come Howard met Ann Brooks at the American Automobile Association of California (AAA) where she was employed, they got married in 1981. To this union came step-daughter Annette Rodes and grandson Larmart Rodes.
Howard enjoyed all sports; baseball was his first love along with the horse races. He was timely in whatever he did. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke he said exactly what was on his mind.
Howard loved hanging out with his homies. He wanted to especially thank Lawrence Rogers, Lionel Jones, Clyde Seals, Freddie Johnson, Melvin Brown, Bill Alexander, Harris James, Tony Henry and Willy (Billy) Safore for getting him out of the house and making sure there was plenty of laughter and fun as he continued to battle his illness. His family also appreciates everything you did for him.
Howard peacefully went to sleep to be with the Lord on December 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife; Ann Johnson, sister; Bessie Irving, children; Keith Johnson (Antonella), Nicole Johnson, David Clements (Kimberly), and Annette Rogers (Stephen), grandchildren; Keishon, Elias and Larmart, great grandchildren, Sarah and Harlie, and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The Johnson family would like to thank you for your friendly smiles and casual touches; these are things that mean so much. To know you are with us in our time of sorrow, sharing our prayers, today and tomorrow. God gives us the comfort in the form of family and friends, may His peace be with you also, as His love never ends. We sincerely appreciate your prayers, calls, cards, hugs, gifts, and your endless love and support.
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