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Lucas Johnson, Sr.

June 19, 1935 December 14, 2019
Lucas Johnson, Sr.
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Obituary for Lucas Johnson, Sr.

Exuberance filled the hearts of Leroy and Gladys Johnson on June 19, 1935, with the birth of their first-born son, Lucas Johnson Sr. It was equally exciting for older sister, Mauddean, who would now have both a sibling and an inseparable playmate. Lucas was affectionately known by many as “Skippy,” a name acquired during his childhood from an admired comic strip character, Skippy Skinner, a rambunctious fifth-grader whose works were published from 1923 to 1945. On the contrary, our “Skippy,” Lucas Sr., was mostly known for his quiet and reserved demeanor.
Lucas Sr. graduated from Fayette County Training School in 1953. Not long afterward, he married Shirley Douglas, to whom he was married more than six decades. They had three greatly admired children: Cathy, Stephanie, and Lucas II. Lucas Sr. was also very proud of his daughter, Darlene Reed. He often boasted about the educational and professional accomplishments of all his children. That’s because, early on, he realized the value of a good education and hard work.
Upon graduation, Lucas Sr. quickly acquired in-depth knowledge and skills for dry cleaning, which would lead to a full-time and long-term profession as an educator in the Memphis City School system for more than three decades at Hamilton High School. Both students and colleagues greatly loved him. Lucas Sr. retired May 17, 2000.
Prior to his illness, Lucas Sr. served faithfully at Rock of Ages CME Church in Memphis, TN. He was a member of the trustee board, the male chorus, as well as a Sunday school teacher. His love for God was very apparent in his humble disposition toward others, and the unfaltering faith demonstrated throughout his illness. He was also fully aware of God’s love for him that was daily apparent with the special care and provisions he received from his loving family members and caregivers.

Lucas Johnson Sr., 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Johnson; parents, Leroy and Gladys Johnson, and sister, Mildred Neal. He is survived by his children, Cathy, and Stephanie Johnson, of Memphis, TN; Lucas Johnson II (Alicia) of Antioch, TN; Darlene Reed of Memphis, TN; three grandchildren, Justin and Michael Reed and Michelle Studaway of Memphis, TN; siblings Mauddean Smith and Raymond Johnson (Marylene) of Memphis, TN; Beverly Logan (Sylvester) of Collierville, TN; Joyce Johnson (Washington) of Huntsville, AL; one sister-in-law, Helen White of Memphis, TN; one brother-in-law, Larry Neal of Collierville, TN. He also leaves two great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Though greatly saddened by the loss, the Johnson family embraces the blessed hope that those who die in the Lord will indeed live again. For it is that very hope that sustains the family’s faith today: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13, KJV)


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Visitation

Saturday

21

Dec

11:00 AM 12/21/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:55 AM 12/21/2019 11:55:00 AM
Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church

478 Scott St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38112

Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church
478 Scott St. Memphis 38112 Tennessee
United States

Service

Saturday

21

Dec

12:00 PM 12/21/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 12/21/2019 1:00:00 PM
Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church

478 Scott St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38112

Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church
478 Scott St. Memphis 38112 Tennessee
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Park Southwood Final Resting Place

5485 Hacks Cross Rd.
Memphis, TN 38125

5485 Hacks Cross Rd. Memphis 38125 TN
United States
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