John Johnson Jr., a beloved father, brother, uncle, and friend.
John Johnson Jr. was born on July 6, 1969, in Flint, Michigan, to his devoted parents, John and Quentien Johnson. His early years in Flint were marked by a love for sports, spending time working on cars with his dad and brother Sam and taking family road trips. Following his graduation from Flint Northern High School, John answered the call of duty by enlisting in the Navy, beginning a journey that would shape his life in profound ways.
During his service in the Navy, John embarked on various deployments, including the West Pac cruise in 1988, where he traveled to the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong as well as the Pineapple Cruise in 1989 and the Arctic Cruise from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska. Throughout his Naval career, John forged enduring friendships and bonds with his fellow shipmates, fostering a sense of brotherhood that would remain with him for life.
After his honorable service in the Navy and a posting in Bremerton, John chose to make Seattle his home. There, he pursued a fulfilling career as a Diesel Mechanic for Kenworth, demonstrating his unwavering dedication and work ethic.
During his time in Seattle, John built many lasting friendships and started his own family. He became a beloved father to Dominique Johnson as well as Zaelin Johnson, whom he shared with his longtime love Arika Townsend. In addition, he served as a lasting father figure to Talorien Townsend, whom he embraced as his own. John was a loving man to his family. He took immense pride in his children's accomplishments and cherished the moments spent together, always present at Zaelin’s soccer games and track meets and Talorien’s basketball games where he never failed to be the loudest parent on the sidelines.
John would later move to Detroit, Michigan, where he explored new horizons in entrepreneurship. His entrepreneurial spirit thrived as he ventured into property investments throughout Michigan, and he took a bold step by founding his own company, "The Jelani Firm." Through this endeavor, John not only left his mark on the landscape but also continued to inspire those around him with his determination and vision. Here in Detroit, John was a hands-on uncle where he enjoyed attending the football and baseball games of his nephews, Jay and JuJu, and babysitting his nephdog, Harrison.
Outside of work and family, John enjoyed playing golf and spades. He had a deep appreciation for nature and animals.
John Johnson Jr. leaves behind a legacy of unwavering love, indomitable strength, and a bright smile that lit up every room he entered. His impact on the lives of his family, friends, and community will be eternally felt and cherished. John is survived by his beloved children and adored siblings: Charlotte (Charles) Prince, Polly (Fred) Henderson, the late Samuel (Karen) Johnson, Theresa Johnson, Jeanette (the late Apostle Norris) Golden, Cassondra (Eugene) Hudson, Johnny Johnson, Kelvin (Keona Garrett) Miles, John (Latoya) Norris, Marsha Norris, and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. As we mourn his loss, let us also celebrate the wonderful life he lived and the beautiful person he was.
May Jae rest in eternal peace, and may his family and friends find comfort in the precious memories we shared with him. Forever in our hearts.
His cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home.