On Sunday March 24th, 2019 just one day after his 62nd birthday, the life’s voyage
for
Michael Johnson came to an end. Michael Johnson was born on March 23rd,
1957 in Summerton, South Carolina to the late Henry Solomon and Bertha Brailsford
Hart. Soon after birth, God sent the late Jackie and Ruth Johnson the blessing of
raising
Michael.  

    Shortly after graduating from Scott’s Branch High School in 1975,
Michael ventured
up north to escape the limitations in the South for a fresh start. He had no idea what
God had in store for him once his feet touched the ground in Inwood, New York. The
first person he met was none other than the craziest woman he would ever come
across in his life; Glenda Faye Dampier! As the story was never told the same from the
two of them about who “stalked” who, the only thing their story confirmed is that both of
them were crazy (him) and crazier (her) together and that from their union one child,
Monchell, was born. It is from the birth of his first child Monchell that
Michael would
come to be known by his signature lottery number, 649; the time of Monchell’s birth.
Michael worshipped that number until the very end.

    Due to
Michael’s tall height and strong slender frame, he was able to adapt without
issue to various work environments. Early on, he worked for the garment factory Gay
Togs and Studley Paper Company. Years down the line, he worked at Woodmere
Lanes as the head bowling mechanic and then transitioned into landscaping until his
stroke in 2011.

    Growing up in the South and helping his father with sharecropping work,
Michael
was in excellent shape during his young adult life. A shape that allowed him to be apart
of two Baseball teams; The Rockaway A’s and 16 Brothers. Outside of Baseball he also
enjoyed playing basketball and pool. Then one day
Michael picked up a bowling ball
and the rest is truly history. If you did not know anything else about
Michael Johnson,
one thing was certain, that man lived and breathed for Bowling. He was always telling
Monchell, “if anyone ever wants to steal the car from you – let them have it, BUT tell
them you need to get your father’s bowling balls out of the trunk first!” Michael was
always the lead bowler of various boiling teams such as the Rockaway Community and
Suburban mixed.
Michael earned countless numbers of trophies, plaques and rings for
his impeccable bowling and he has more than two dozen “300s” (perfect bowling score)
to his credit.   

    Besides bowling,
Michael had another “love” that he lived for and that was eating!
As a true “country” boy,
Michael loved to eat eat eat! Whether it was his favorite
“Godfather” sandwich from Tamburino’s, smothered pork chops or his sisters coconut
custard pies; he would eat as long as he could breathe. But nothing soothed his belly
more than scratch cornbread and milk and PEAS.
Michael Johnson was a peas
fanatic! If he could eat peas all day every day he would! He spent many a day “fussing”
with his Faison (Glenda) as he nicknamed her because he wanted her to cook him
peas every single day! Those two were genuinely Bonnie and Clyde!

    Michael had a boisterous laugh and a sometimes short-fuse but would help anyone
in need if he could. He loved his old model cars and watching the shows The Haves
and the Have Nots, Empire and Cheaters.

    He was preceded in death by his fathers: Henry and Jackie; mothers, Bertha and
Ruth; a sister, Barbara; brothers, Ronald and Carl; Evonne Anderson (Mother to his
son, Davonne).

    
Michael leaves to cherish his memories: a daughter, Monchell; two sons, Davonne
and Demetrious; Glenda; daughter, Latisha; three brothers, Jesse (Audrey) Doughty,
Charlie Hart and Carnell Bennett, two sisters, Regina (Romeo) Mack and Gloria Hart;
Fathers side: 8 sisters and 16 brothers; grandchildren, Davonne Jr., Madison,
Nevayiah and Ahlani; extended family; Gwen and Jazimin Wimms and Robin Holder and
a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, other relatives and friends.

    
Michael also leaves to mourn him, two men who were big brothers to him and
guided him through every stage of his life from his teen years until his last day, Mr.
Frank Ray and Mr. Ramon Hampton.

    The family in South Carolina is receiving friends at the home of his sister, Gloria
Hart, 2487 Elliott Road, Pinewood, SC.
Mr. Michael Johnson
Age: 62
Date of Birth: 03-23-1957
Date of Death: 03-24-2019
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Funeral  Services:
Tuesday, April 2,  2019
Noon
Dyson's Home for Funerals
Summerton, SC

Rev. Charlie Thomas, Officiating

Resting Place
Oaks AME Church Cemetery
Summerton, SC

Final Viewing
Dyson's Home for Funerals Chapel
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New York Services
Saturday, March 30th, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am

St. John Baptist Church
4 Henry Street
INWOOD, NY 11096
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A time to  every purpose under the
heaven; A time to be born and a time to
die; a time to plant and a time to pluck
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
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