Robert L. Johnson

Sunrise: November 9, 1943

Sunset: January 25, 2024

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.   I Corinthians 13:13:

Robert Lee Johnson was born on November 9, 1943, and departed this earthly life and entered eternal life on Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Bobby as he was affectionally known was a native of Norfolk, Virginia the son of the late Paul Elmo Johnson, Jr., and Loriner Long Johnson. Bobby was baptized and reared in the Catholic faith.  Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Loriner Johnson, his sister Betty Pearl Johnson Nelson and nephew Jermaine L. Nelson.

Bobby resided in New York for several decades of his life along with his late uncle and aunts, William, Eula and Vivian Long and many other family members.

Bobby was educated in the Catholic Schools of Virginia, Norfolk Public Schools, and New York Public Schools.     Bobby enjoyed his years of service at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium, New York.

He will be fondly remembered for his loving and jovial spirit.   Bobby left a legacy and act of great compassion and generosity through his gift of organ donation that will help others live on through research.

Bobby’s memories will be cherished by his loyal brother, Paul Eugene Johnson, Sr. (Jean) of Norfolk, Virginia, his devoted and loving cousin-like-daughter, Felice Long Thompson (Arthur) of Stockbridge, Georgia. He was blessed to be reared and shared a closeness with his cousin-like-sister, Eleanor Long Gray of Chesapeake, Virginia, two aunts, Catherine Johnson Harris of Portsmouth, Virginia, Jean Johnson Brooks, of Portsmouth, Virginia, one uncle, Leon Rand Johnson of Norfolk, Virginia.  His niece, Janice M. Johnson of Alexandria, Virginia, three nephews, Paul E. Johnson, Jr. (Adrian) of Chesapeake, Virginia and Michael P. Johnson of Norfolk, Virginia, Antonio T. Johnson (LaNita) of Irving, Texas, and several great nieces and nephews. Bobby was blessed to be a product of loving and sizeable family including 19 paternal first cousins and 6 maternal first cousins.    Bobby will be missed by a host of wonderful relatives and friends.

Viewing Thursday, February 8, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, February 9, 2024 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Janice Johnson says

    God bless you uncle Bobby for your gift of organ donation, your gift will help others through scientific research. Rest in Peace until we meet again!


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    Valarie Gray Turner says

    Bobby as we called him, “Grinny Benny,”was always known to be full of joy, love and a big smile. Also, thoughtful and always giving. RIP Cuz, you will be missed! Your bright smile forever in my heart. Love you, Valarie 😢❤️

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    LaNita Johnson says

    God Bless you Uncle Bobby we loved you. Your sister Betty and brother Gene loved you so much but God loved you best! Take you rest. And especially thank you for thinking of others and blessing them with the gift of life. what a legacy to tell our kids. Forever in our hearts. LaNita and Tony.

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