August 5, 1935 - January 5, 2006
For I am now ready to be offered up, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Elvin Johnson, Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 5, 1935, the son of Mr. Elvin Johnson, Sr. and Mrs. Cherry B. Johnson. His childhood church was Bossier Baptist Church. There were other churches throughout his life, always serving the Lord wherever he was. He later united with Wilton United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, when his wife, the late Reverend Dorothy Webster Johnson, became the pastor there. He served on various committees in the church and was also a member of the United Methodist Men. Brother Johnson also served in the United States Army. He was a faithful Sunday School student and loved Bible study. He knew his Bible and was a friend to all who crossed his path. The children and youth of the church were a blessing to his life. He loved to teach them about serving the Lord as well as giving and using their talents in the church. Brother Johnson was always at church unless he was out of the city visiting his Mother. When he became ill, he could not attend as he wished; not in the body, but always in the spirit/ Brother Johnson loved music. His favorite songs were, “Your Grace and Mercy”, “One Day at a Time”, and “If You Can’t Help, Don’t Stop Me”.
Brother Elvin Johnson was married to the late Reverend Dorothy Webster Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin Johnson, Sr. and Mrs. Cherry B. Johnson and his brothers Louis Johnson and Claiborne Johnson.
He leaves to cherish his memory three sisters, Levada Theus and Bobbie Jackson of Shreveport and Joann Johnson of Los Angeles, California; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and his church family who loved him dearly.
We’ve Only Moved Away
When my life on earth is over
When my body is cold and still
Do not grieve because I left you,
Just remember it was God’s will.
All my suffering will be over,
Every trial and every test.
When God has called, and I have answered
Don’t weep for me; I’ll be at rest.
Only ask yourself the question,
“Am I ready to meet Him there,
Where there’ll be no separation
In heaven so bright and fair?”
When you pass to view my body,
Remember it’s just a house of clay.
Jesus has built me a mansion
And I’ve only moved away.
Wilton United Methodist Church Family
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006