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James "Willie" William Johnson, Sr.

Obituary for James "Willie" William Johnson, Sr.

August 12, 1940 - April 10, 2020
Owensboro, Kentucky | Age 79


James "Willie" Johnson, 79, of Owensboro, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was born in Lewisport, Kentucky to the late Kyler and Lottie Gray Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired heavy equipment operator. He worked out of the Operators Local #181. Willie was previously with Green Coal Company. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball. More recently, he belonged to numerous bowling leagues out of Diamond Lanes. He attended Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-one years, Helen E. Harris Johnson.

Those left to cherish his memory include sons, James Johnson Jr. and Robert Johnson (Kathryn) of Owensboro; grandchildren, Robert T. Johnson Jr., ShaQuille Johnson, Sheridan Mooneyhan, Brittany Wells, Linda Morton, Elijah Johnson, and Brad Mooneyhan; great-grandchildren, Braxton Miller and Robert T. Johnson (Tre) III; sisters, Elizabeth Johnson, Ora Lee Glover and Lottie Johnson; a brother, Robert E. Johnson, all of Owensboro; and a host of cousins and friends.

Friends will have the opportunity to show support at a drive through visitation Wednesday, April 22 from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. (Please remain in your vehicles during this event.)
In compliance with health and public safety directives, the funeral service will be private. Burial will be at Owensboro Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Puzzle Pieces, 2401 New Hartford Rd., Owensboro, KY 42303.

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    2401 New Hartford Rd.
    Owensboro, KY 42303

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900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
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