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Rodger McRay Johnson


Sunrise: November 25, 1934

Sunset: March 8, 2020

Rodger McRay Johnson, 85, of the 6000 block of Clare Rd. passed away on March 8, 2020. He was born on November 25, 1934 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He attended P.W. Moore and Winslow Schools. Rodger retired from the Local ILA 1248 as a Longshoreman and was a member of Oakwood Chapel Church of Christ D.O.C. He is predeceased by his parents, Ed and Matilda Johnson; daughter, Monzera Lahens; brothers, Randy Phillips, Joe C. Johnson, Luke Johnson and George Johnson; sisters, Sylvia Ann Jones, Pearl Davis and Bernice Sanderlin. Rodger leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Celestine Johnson; daughters, Celessie Moore (Lonnie), Evelyn Parker and Gail Ford; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Viewing Friday, March 13, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Saturday, March 14, 2020 12:00pm Oakwood Chapel Church D.O.C. 982 Avenue E Norfolk, VA 23513 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502

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    Nakeisa "Sweetie Pie" says

    I am sadden by the passing of Cousin Ray. I will never forget how kind and generous he was. Cousin Ray loved his family, and often showed it through nice big parties, cookouts, family reunions
    or a hand shake leaving a little something in your hand. His random phone calls, homemade meals and kind words would cheer up any sad day. Cousin Ray would help anyone in need, but again he would always show up for family. If something was going on you could count on him being there. To my cousin Celeste and family, I extend my deepest condolences to you all during this most difficult time. I love you all, and may God give you peace and strength to endure.

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      Jackie Quarles says

      You fought a tough battle. God wanted back with him. A happier peaceful place. A place where there is no sorrow. Rest in heaven. You will be missed.

      Jackie Quarles

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    Arlethia Sharpe says

    My condolences to the Johnson family, My mother and I are saddened and sorry for the paddy of Elder Johnson, May the love of God, give you peace, comfort and strength πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½
    Arlethia Sharpe and Ruth Sawyer

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      Conway Lewis says

      Ray, you have always been one of the most loving and caring cousins. Your smiles always brightens everyone you come in contact with.You make us laugh no matter what.Whenever I see you I will always hear you say your famous word hey ‘CUZ’. That always brightens my day.I will always remember you for all you’ve done for the whole family. Now you are in a better place then we all are. Love to your family ..Lesley Conway Lewis

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    Joyce Skinner-Dawson says

    My condolences to the Johnson family, Weeping may endurance for a night but Joy comes in the morning, May God give you peace and strength during this time, The Dawson Family

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    Charles Rodger Sanderlin and Mary Sanderlin says

    To my Brother you have been called home by the Father my good and faithful servant. The battle is over you have laid down your shield, the touch has been passed rest your tired soul. There is no better man than you, you showed love and was given love. You had the biggest heart and you showed that love to others. I will miss that love that you gave us. Always with open arms. No worries be happy we love that life that you led. To my sister-in-law keep you head up and the girls you had one of the best Dads. Your Brother Charles.

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    Fiara L. Bonds says

    I extend my heartfelt condolences to the entire Johnson family. May your beautiful memories be your comfort. You are deep in our prayers.

    Fiara L. Bonds & Family

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    HELEN Deloatch says

    My condolences goes out to the family we will miss him very much he was a beautiful person and friend to our family he was there for our family mother lamb and fannie colons mrs.johnson we will be praying for the family we love you.

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    Ann Pope says

    My condolences to the Johnson family. Ray was always there we needed,you never had to call, once he knew he was needed, he was there. Rest in peace friend.

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    Mrs.JoAnn Gorham - Richardson says

    We are soooo very very sorry for your loss at this time, Wind ever my family needed Ray, He was always always there for us πŸ‘πŸ’― We never had to call, Ray will always be in ours members, And ours prayes are for ever for the Johnson Family , We will miss you our dear friend πŸ’”πŸ˜§From Mr. Raymond & Mrs. JoAnn Richardson and Family.

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