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Vernon Eugene Johnson, Sr.
Vernon Eugene Johnson was born on February 16, 1942, to Mack and Clara Johnson in Ocala, Florida. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Shady Grove Baptist Church.
He graduated from Belleview-Santos High School in 1960. He moved to Pompano Beach, Florida with his brother, Fred Johnson, and sister-in-law Margaret Johnson. There he met and married Clementine Jowan Johnson. From this union they had eight children.
Vernon Eugene Johnson was a devoted husband, exceptional father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a generous, kindhearted man to all and a stable provider for his family. Vernon and Clementine raised their family in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He supported his family by working at Continental Bakery for thirty years. Vernon never missed a day at work and received many bonuses, rewards, and recognition for his dedication. He was also highly active in the community. Vernon was the absolute best Block Captain Willows Avenue ever had. Each year a new captain was to be elected, but they broke that tradition and continued to re-elect Vernon until he finally requested another community member take over. All the children and families adored him because he organized trips to see the Phillies for free, planned community socials, kept the fire hydrant going during sweltering summer days, and fed them. He retired and returned to Ocala, Florida where he was surrounded by family and friends. He spent many days fishing with his older brothers Fred and Leon Johnson.
When he was not fishing, he was gardening or going to farmer’s markets. He enjoyed being able to supply fresh vegetables and meats to the people he cared about. Doing this always puts a smile on his face. Another and most favorite thing to do was spending time with his family. Vernon made it a tradition to travel every year to Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida just to keep his family connected. As his health failed, he moved to Live Oak to be cared for by his daughter Felicia Flowers (Husband Tim). Up until the end his prayer was “Please love one another and enjoy your life.”
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Clementine Jowan Johnson, daughters Peggy Sharon Johnson, Lawanda Loraine Johnson, son, Daryl Cornelius Johnson, parents Mack and Clara Johnson, brothers Leroy Bobby Johnson, Fred Johnson, and Leon Johnson, sister Mildred Johnson and great grandson Isiah Graham Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory five children, Vernon Johnson Jr., Felicia Colleen Flowers (Husband Timothy), Jowan Veronica Johnson, Patrice Monzel Noland (Husband Steven), and Fitzgerald Lamont Johnson. Eighteen grandchildren, Ronell Myers, Latoyia Hall, Jetaime Petty, Isiah Graham, Milanja Graham, Alexis Graham, Malachi Graham, Nehemiah Flowers, Cree Allen, Mya Johnson, Shante Noland, Brandon Noland, Sharde’ Noland, Daryl Johnson Jr., Lakisha Johnson, Destiny Johnson, Travion Ivy, and Jamal Parker. Nineteen great grandchildren, Milayah, Ah’ziyah, Ah’Mani, Ah’yanni, Onye, Zayon, Zion, Ezani, Mahlon, AJ, Mesai, Zuriyah, Issac, Kannon, Zen, Emonnie, Ja’niyah, E’zarah and, Desai. Three siblings, Clara Jackson, Loraine Johnson, and Tommy Johnson. Six sisters-in-law, Alice Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Veronica Johnson, Loretta Ward, Irene Thomas, and Nancy Wilks. one brother-in-law, Robert Thomas. Thirty-six nieces and nephews, treasured cousins, and friends.
Public Visitation will be held on Friday September 2, 2022, at 1:00 until 6:00PM at Summers Funeral Home 2238 NW 10th Street, Ocala 34475.
Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday September 3, 2022, at 11:00am at Greater New Bethel Church, 10215 NW 177th Pl. Reddick, Fl 32686.
"PLEASE AT THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY, SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE PRACTICED AND WEARING A MASK IS MANDATORY"