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James A. Johnson

1939 ~ 2020 (age 81)

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James A. Johnson, 81, of Houston, Texas passed away April 25, 2020 after losing his battle with end stage renal disease.

Jim was born March 15, 1939, in Belzoni, Mississippi to the late King and Mary Jo Ray Johnson and he was the youngest and last survivor of seven children.  From In his large family he learned the value of hard work, family and faith.

Jim served his country in the US Air Force at the age of 20.  After being honorably discharged, he relocated to St. Louis, MO. and went to work for Cupples Products as an Architectural Design Engineer, a Maplewood landmark in St. Louis, MO, that helped build dozens of skyscrapers around the world.  Jim took great pride in designing the exterior curtain walls for some of the world’s largest buildings such as the World Trade Center, the Sears Building and the Bank of Hong Kong.

He continued his career in Houston, TX after accepting a position with Greer Architectural Products, Inc, as Director of Engineering and with Systems Q/C Inc. as Vice President/Design, contributing to the development of the Houston Skyline on several buildings. He later relocated to Birmingham, Al before returning back to Houston, TX.

Jim is survived by his beloved sons Jacques Johnson (Cynthia), Andre Johnson, his beloved step-daughter Tricia McKinney (Larry) and step-son Marvin Gordon (Carol). He also leaves 7 grandchildren, Enrika Johnson, Shea Bellvin, Jasmine Johnson, Jackie Johnson, Serena McKinney, Larenz McKinney, Bryanna Gordon and 5 great-grandchildren Lyndafay Bellvin, Nyvaeh Black, Jordyn Menifee, Christopher Menifee and Kimberly Menifee along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family of James A. Johnson acknowledges with sincere appreciation the many expressions of love shown by the calls, cards, email, texts, flowers, prayers, and visits we have received. 

The family would like to say a special thanks to Dr. Hung Nguyen with HC Medical Doctors, Fresenius Kidney Care Northwest Houston, Revelation Hospice, Nurse Kristin along with Trilar Senior Living caregivers Rosemary, Carolina, Aida, Fallonn and LaLaine for their compassionate care.

Due to the current social distancing circumstances, there will be a Celebration of Life and Memorial Service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO, with a date to be determined.

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