Calvin B. Johnson, Jr., a resident of Morgan City, LA, passed away on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 8:24 AM at his residence.
Visitation will be observed on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 113 Federal Ave., Morgan City, La from 10:00 AM until funeral service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be in the Morgan City Cemetery.
Calvin “Slim” Johnson was born October 25, 1955, to the late Calvin B Johnson, Sr. and Mary Kyle Johnson. At a young age, Calvin confessed Christ as his Lord and Savior and united with Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church of Morgan City, Louisiana.
Calvin had a love for family and a love for basketball. His love for basketball landed him a scholarship to Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. It was there, Calvin lived out his dream, playing collegiate ball, as a 6’9” Center for the Jacksonville Dolphins and studying physical therapy.
After an injury shortened his basketball career, Calvin returned home to his first love, Family. Calvin cared for his son (Sherman Arthur), worked at Tidewater Marines, helped run the family restaurant “The Shady Oaks” and drove the family school bus. Later, he became an independent contractor. As an independent contractor, he had a successful career specializing in house lifting, drywall installation, and painting (commercial and residential).
While working his craft and enjoying his family, Calvin became known as “Uncle”. Uncle cared for his parents, his son, his nieces and nephews and all of his cousins. He loved cooking, biology, solving puzzles, and reading. He enjoyed reading the Encyclopedia Britannica and quizzing anyone who would dare ask to borrow one. He was the family, “go to guy” known for his home remedies which healed everything from an injury to a bite. Calvin had the utmost love for his family and friends and in retirement he endeavored to defend and strengthen the foundation of family just as he had done from an early age.
Calvin was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; his parents, Calvin B. Johnson, Sr., and Mary Kyle Johnson; one son, Sherman A. Madise; a sister, Tokewia Johnson; a godmother Leotha Simpson.
He is survived by one sister, Angelee Johnson (Herman) of Morgan City, LA.; one nephew, Channing Johnson (Donshea) of Forest Hill, TX.; two nieces, Natasha Scott of Berwick, LA.; Talitha Scott of Lafayette, LA.; three great nephews, Kaden Scott, Jayden Broussard and Z’Kiyah Johnson; four great nieces, Briona Mosley, Iyana Johnson, Riley Jackson and Reagan Johnson; one aunt, Margie Guilbeaux of Lake Arthur LA.; one godsister Jacqueline Singleton (Lloyd) of Morgan City, La.; one goddaughter, Rolanda Ledet of Morgan City and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends that adored him.