John J. Johnson Jr.
YORKTOWN, Va. — John J. Johnson, Jr., 73, of Yorktown, VA, joined his Savior January 13, 2011, in his home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness. John was born in Ronceverte, WV, on September 20, 1937. He was a member of the Class of 1955 at Rainelle High School where he came to know a young woman, Leona June Wilson, who later became his wife of 54 years. John was a member of the Deerpark Baptist Church in Charleston, SC. He attended Concord College and West Virginia Institute of Technology. John was employed by the state of WV before entering the U.S. Air Force on May 30, 1961. While serving in the military for a period of 28 years, John completed tours in Suffolk County AFB, NY; Clark AFB, the Philippines; Chanute AFB, IL; Westover AFB, MA; UT AFB, Thailand; Korat AFB, Thailand; Charleston AFB, SC; Williams AFB, AZ; and Sembach AFB, Germany. John retired from the military upon returning to the states on June 1, 1989. For the next ten years, he and his wife resided in Dayton, OH, where John worked for Goodwill Industries as a Job Coach and Contract Floor Supervisor. In the year 2000, John and his wife decided to make Yorktown, VA, their permanent home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John J. (Sr.) and Rowena Ray Johnson, Rainelle, WV, and his brother, Charles H. (Chubby) Johnson, Berkeley Springs, WV.
John was a devoted husband and father known for the love of his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by those left behind and remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Leona June, of Yorktown, VA; his children, Lynn Clark and husband Chris of Yorktown, VA, and Jan Adams and her husband Andreas of Theresa, NY; four grandchildren, Brian Clark and wife, Jamie, of Hampton, VA; Justin Clark and his fiancée, Carissa Jolet, of Newport News, VA; Chelsea Adams of Theresa, NY, and Desiree Adams of Theresa, NY; two great-granddaughters, Kayleigh Clark and Bella Rowes Jernigan; and one sister, Leah Ray Wallace and husband, Paul, of Nelsonville, OH.
The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, WV. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2011, at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Clintonville, WV, with Pastor Stanley Clark officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 630972, Baltimore, Maryland 21263-0972.