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Samuel W. Johnson


Sunrise: May 14, 1922

Sunset: October 6, 2018

Samuel W. Johnson was born on May 14, 1922 in Florence, South Carolina a son of the late Joseph and Mamie Martin Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph, Jr. and sister, Gladys. Sam left school early to begin work. He relocated to Virginia where he trained in the craft of shoe repair that sustained a lifetime of work. He married the late Alice Mae Gordon (Spruill) and settled in Norfolk, Virginia.

Sam later moved to Ossining, New York and continued his work in shoe repair. He married the late Sudie Reese Johnson and became “Dad” to her children. He and Sudie settled in White Plains, New York where he worked several shops before
finally operating United Shoe Repair on Maple Avenue for over 40 years. During this time he worked six days a week, rarely taking a vacation. Sam enjoyed talking and interacting with people and because of his upbeat personality and infectious laugh, people would hang around just to chat after bringing or picking up their shoes. Sam was featured in articles in the White Plains Times Community View section and the book “On the Street Where We Lived” by Harold A. Esannason, a study of African Americans living in White Plains, New York. Sam was a member of Mount Hope AME Zion Church in White Plains, New York and attended services regularly until he was unable. Sam retired in 2016 and moved to Fairport, New York where he resided with is son and daughter-in-law, Edmond and Delores Locklear. In 2017, Sam returned to Virginia to reside with his son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Dawn Johnson in Virginia Beach. While in Virginia Beach he visited Mt. Trashmore and found it amazing that is was created from garbage. He enjoyed a trip to the oceanfront boardwalk and elaborate Christmas light displays throughout the city.

Sam leaves cherished memories with sons, Rodney G. Johnson (Dawn) and Edmond Locklear (Delores), granddaughters, Rhyan N.G. Johnson, Tiffany L. Locklear, Tonya L. Lipsey (Jeffrey), and Barbara Reese, grandson, Juan Tynes, niece, Mamie Miles, other relatives and friends to include the Magnotta Family of White Plains, NY.

Viewing Friday, October 12, 2018 Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Street Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery 8100 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505

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    Johnny L. & Estherine J. Harding of Chesapeake, VA says

    Johnson Family, you have our deepest sympathy and prayers during this most difficult time. To God be the Glory for the rich and rewarding life of your beloved family member, Samuel W. Johnson!

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      Mervin says

      Dear Rodney and Family:

      Pam and I were deeply sadden when we heard of the demise of Mr. Johnson, However, our family has always found PEACE and CLOSURE in the following:

      “But now they deserve a better country, that is, an HEAVENLY, wherefore GOD is not ashamed to be called their GOD, for HE hath prepared for them a city”. HEBREWS 11:16—KJV

      May your FAITH continue to SUSTAIN you and your family.

      Mervin and Classmate Pam McCoy
      Chesapeake, VA

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    Joseph and Theresa Hope says

    You have my deepest condolences during the time of bereavement we are definitely keeping you in our prayers.if it’s anything that you may need don’t hesitate. We love you guys and praying for you all. The Hope family.

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    Greg and Chris Wilson says

    Dearest Rodney and Dawn and Johnson Family,
    We are praying for you for God’s loving comfort. May the wonderful memories of your beloved father, bring you solace and peace.
    Love Greg and Chris Wilson

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