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Homer Jinnings Johnson Sr.

August 22, 1932 — July 2, 2022

Homer was born on August 22, 1932 in Marvell, Arkansas to the union of John Johnson Sr. and Ida Branford Johnson. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System VA, in Nashville, Tennessee.


Homer received his formal education in the public schools of Marvell, Arkansas. He continued his education by taking various college courses throughout his Army career and after.  On March 22, 1959, he was United in Holy Matrimony to Mertis Lee Clark, to this union four wonderful children were born.  They enjoyed 60 years of marriage, until her passing.


Homer professed a hope in Christ at an early age and was united with Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Once relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, he and his family joined Faith United M.B. Church.


Homer enlisted in the United States Army in 1952, serving in Vietnam, Germany and various bases in the U.S.. While in the Army, he served in various positions of responsibility as an NCO and Chief Warrant Officer II. Throughout his Army Career, he received numerous decorations, medals, and badges. He retired from the Army with an Honorable discharge after 22 plus years of meritorious service.


After his retirement, he worked for Tennessee State University and various other jobs in Nashville, Tennessee.   He then went on to become the owner and operator of a Service Station/Auto Shop in his hometown of Marvell, Arkansas for many years. Homer enjoyed photography, videography, reading, traveling, auto repair, and helping anyone in need. He was a loving, devoted and wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him!


Homer was preceded in death by (wife) Mertis L. Johnson; (son) Homer J. Johnson Jr.; (parents) John & Ida Johnson Sr.; (brothers) John Johnson Jr. (Janie), James Johnson (Lillian), Marcus Johnson (Rosa) and Theodore Johnson (Lucille); and (sister) Lurlean Jones (Willie).


His precious memories will forever linger with loved ones: (children) Marvin Johnson, Damita Lee (Terence), and Teri Johnson; (grandchildren) Terence Lee, Latrice Gaines (Myron), and James Lee;  (great-grandchildren) Tinija Lee, Kahmille Gaines, Nylah Gaines, Rylee Gaines, and Cali Lee; (nephews) John Johnson III, Rev. Benny Johnson, James Johnson Jr. (Ruth), Edgar Johnson (Debra), Melvin Johnson(Hedwig), Anthony Johnson, Carl Johnson (LaTanya), and Jewel Jones (Jeanette); (nieces) Joyce Johnson, Vivian Johnson, Verlene McFadden (Arthur), Burdean Howard (James), Ida Tooke (Horace),Catherine Watson (Louis), Josephine Lawrence (James), Sharon Perkins (Lawrence), and Verneda Jones; (family in heart) Brenda and her children JoJuantez, Kenitra and Ebony; Harriet Rucker (Jay) along with her children Andrew and Chris Cannon, and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation Saturday, July 16, 2022, 11-12pm with funeral to follow at Faith United Baptist Church 600 Revels Dr. Burial in Helena, Arkansas with full military rites.

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