Funeral services for Wesley Johnson, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of the Loyd Star community, are 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven, with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Johnson, 67, died March 30, 2011, in Pensacola. He was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 20, 1943, to Sylvester and Mary Eliza Johnson. He was the eleventh of fourteen children. He confessed Christ early in life and united with Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. He was active in the church. Before his passing, he rededicated his life to the Lord. He attended Progress School through the ninth grade. He later transferred to Eva Harris High School in Brookhaven where he played basketball and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He graduated in 1963.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was first stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. He earned many commendations, including: Air Force Commendation Medal W/2 Devices, Air Force Conduct Medal W/6 Devices, Military Education Ribbon with Device, Presidential Unit Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He served 21 years and nine months of active duty. He retired from the Air Force July 31, 1985. He continued his career as a civilian employee.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Lucien Johnson, Luther Johnson, Maxie Johnson, John Johnson and David Johnson; his sisters, Inez Norwood, Bernice Johnson, and her husband, Luther; his brother-in-law, Earnest Bacon; and his mother-in-law, Eva Lee Tillman.
Survivors are his wife of 28 years, Sadie Tillman-Johnson; his daughter, Sharon Denise Jefferson-Wood and her husband, Del, of Palm Beach, Fla.; his son, Anthony Eli Johnson and his wife, Lavonya, of Pace, Fla.; his granddaughter, Sherell Wood; his grandsons, Anthony Ezekial Johnson, Courtney Danielle House, Decarlos Wood and Derrick Wood; his sisters, Bertha Nelson of Champaign, Ill., Addie Bacon of Westmont, Ill., Minister Clara Johnson, Annie B. Goss and her husband, The Rev. Albert, of Jackson; and his brother, Robert Johnson and his wife, Diane, of San Jose, Calif.