James E. Johnson, Jr. “Peanuts,” 75, of McKeesport, departed this life peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2021. He was born July 2, 1945 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He was the son of the late James E. and Katie L. Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his older brother Charles R. “The Governor” (Cleo) Johnson.
James retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of service. He was a Mortician at the Surburban Funeral Home in South Carolina. James loved music, he was the guitar player of the Elords and the Soul Steppers band.
James is survived by his wife Barbara J. Johnson; sons, Garland Bennett of Silver Spring, Maryland; James E. (Thenica) Johnson, III of Pittsburgh; daughters, Alisa (Oscar) Johnson of McKeesport, Sabrina (Johnathan) Houston of Verona; siblings, Georgette (Late Willie) Williams, Rev. Terry F. (Carol) Johnson, both of Clairton, Bessie James (Sam) Johnson of Newport News, Virginia, Shirley J. (Howard) Booker, Frankie E. (Patricia) both of McKeesport; sister-in-law, Ann Brown and Jackie Copeland; brother-in-law Kenneth Mapheny, all of South Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; uncle Charles (Dorothy) Coger of Winston Salem, North Carolina; host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; especially best friends Mr. Wilbert Gaines of South Carolina and Billy aka Juice of McKeesport.
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