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1865 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-241-5665
Fax: 616-241-5247
Norman Johnson

Norman David Johnson

Sunday, December 16th, 1956 - Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
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Norman David Johnson entered the Kingdom of Heaven on February 10, 2021 in Grand Rapids MI.
He was born on December 16, 1956 in Detroit Michigan to his parents Edna Douglas Evans and Phillip Barry Johnson Sr ( deceased).
He was preceded in death by his father Phillip Barry Johnson Sr, his paternal grandparents Minnie Mae Turner and Ira Johnson, and his Uncle Mertis Johnson.
His maternal grandparents David and Eva Mae Evans.

Norman attended school in Chicago, Ill and Whitehall Michigan.
After graduating from school in 1975 he enlisted into the military (Army) and after returning home from the military he worked various jobs and working as a recruiter for a number of years and retired from working as a Supervisor for the United States postal Service.

Norman gave his life to the Lord at a young age and his heart's desire was to bring forth the word of God as a preacher, Norman truly knew the Lord as his Savior and Loved him very much.

Norman enjoyed playing basketball, golfing, listening to music (Jazz) and spending time with his wife, his children and grand children.
He Cherished and adored his mother Edna Evans and loved her very much.

He leaves his wife of 28 years (Yolanda Faye Johnson)
Children- Norman David Johnson the second (Grand Rapids), Adrian David Johnson( Grand Rapids), Tanaya Sharee Shepherd (Grand Rapids) and Kevin Maurice Shepherd (Muskegon).
Mother Edna Douglas Evans (Grand Rapids)

Siblings- Henry Allen Wright, Gerald Edwin Wright, Phillip Barry Johnson Jr - all from Muskegon, Douglas Wright (Grand Rapids), Helen Rae Womack (Grand Blanc, MI) Phyllis Darcel (Earl) Grant (Chicago Ill), Benjamin Michael (Elaine) Johnson (Vallejo, CA), Wanda Wright-Gilkey (Lansing, Mi) and Lisa Yvette Shelton (Huston, TX).

Norman has 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandson and 1 expecting to arrive in August.
He has a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts that he loved very much!

Norman was vey close to his cousin- Qammar Mateen
and also close to his brother in laws- Albert Rucks, Calvin Rucks Jr, Kelvin Tippit, and Earl Grant

Best friends- Michael Murdaugh, Tony Murdaugh, Leon Sargent,
and the Thursday evening Mens Prayer Group- Phillip Johnson Jr, Michael Johnson, Michael Murdaugh, Tony Murdaugh, Leon Sargent, Stanley Grissom, and Zack.

Special Friends- Pastor Jerome and Cynthia Talbert, Pastor Arthur and Marvina Bailey, Carmen Gillespsie and Lance Walker.

Public visitation will be held Monday, February 15, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Ivy K Gillespie Memorial Chapel, 1865 Eastern Avenue SE. Funeral Services are scheduled for Monday, February 15, 2021 also located at Ivy K Gillespie Memorial Chapel, at 1:00 PM.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 15th, 2021 | 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Monday, February 15th, 2021 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel
    1865 Eastern Ave SE
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49507
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  • Service

    Monday, February 15th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Monday, February 15th, 2021 1:00pm
    Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel
    1865 Eastern Ave SE
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49507
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Marvina Bailey

Posted at 10:16pm
To The Johnson family whom I Love and adore, we have shared some good times together in fellowship, to God be the glory! I write with fond memories of brother Norman Johnson, may he rest in peace, I am jealous that for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. So family, take comfort in knowing our faith is not in vain! I have a vivid memory of brother Norman as he referred to me as his home girl because we have at some time in our life lived in Muskegon Michigan. Thank you Mrs. Evans for sharing your son with us Mr.& Mrs. Apostle Arthur Bailey and family. Take to heart and know that in the days coming the Holy Spirit will comfort you, Yolanda and all of your family. May Yehovah! bless you and keep you and anyone who read this blessing, for He is able!

Char Kirby

Posted at 08:44pm
My deepest sympathy to Norm's family and friends. I had they pleasure of sitting next to Norm every M-W-F for several years. We had many a laugh and talks of the Lord. On occasion we would ask each other to pray for each other. I know he is up there "jazzin with Jesus".. God speed my Friend. God speed. Char K.

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