James Allan “Jimmy” Johnson Jr.

James Allan “Jimmy” Johnson Jr.

James Allan “Jimmy” Johnson Jr.

April 12, 1952~December 12, 2023

James Allan Johnson (71), of Crestview, Florida, passed away on December 12, 2023 surrounded by family.

James, known to many as “Pops”, “Deddy”, “Coach Johnson”, or “Jimmy”, was born to Gladys and James Johnson Sr., on April 12, 1952, in Miami, Florida. James married his beloved wife Shelby Johnson on August 21, 1974, with which he created a beautiful family of 17 children.

James held many titles in his life, from military veteran to truck driving, paraprofessional to football coach, groundskeeper to Go-Kart fixer, flagman, and more. You name it, he was doing it. His ultimate and most prideful title was being a father. This meant more to him than any monetary job he performed, hence the 17 children. When he wasn’t working, you could find him in his go kart shop or trailer, getting the karts race ready down to the finest details. He enjoyed planning the most ridiculous events that would have you agitated and excited all in one. His favorite past times were kickball games with crazy pitches and race weekends, Christmas in Tennessee and family holiday gatherings.

James was a devoted father, husband and teacher. He always taught us that family is the most important thing and supported each of us through our many accomplishments and difficulties in our lives. He was a selfless man who would do anything for anyone.

James is survived by his children Kevin Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Brandy Henderson, Jamie Johnson, Timothy Johnson, Bambi Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Patricia Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Robert Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, Brian Johnson, Michael Johnson, Shelby Voigt, Jennifer Johnson, Zackery Johnson, and Austin Johnson along with 47 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia Holt and Sherry Ritchie. James was preceded in death by his wife Shelby Johnson, mother Gladys, father James Johnson Sr., sister Alana, brother Ricky Johnson, and granddaughter Sirella Johnson.

There will be a Celebration of Life at 39 E. Burnis Rd, Crestview, Florida on December 23, 2023 at 4pm.

Celebration of Life

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Lewis Vandermark

December 18, 2023, 5:54 pm

My condolences to all the Johnson family My prayers go out to you

Samantha Lynn Lee

December 18, 2023, 6:12 pm

My condolences 🙏 to his whole family. He was the best uncle anyone could ask for. I love and miss you uncle Jimmy. You were the best father I knew, even to me. I’m so proud that you were in my life. Till I’m with you again, I’ll do what you and Aunt Shelby taught me, to be the best parent I can be. I love you more than you ever knew. R.I.P.

Angie Davis

December 18, 2023, 6:19 pm

Prayers for family and friends! I’m so sorry for your loss.

Keith Mccullough

December 18, 2023, 7:05 pm

Pops, you will be dearly missed, I’m so glad we got to meet and spend lots of time on the go kart track together, you will be missed by so many, you were a wonderful friend, and I’m just so glad we got time well spent with you! I pray 🙏 you fly high my brother! I will never forget you my dear friend, Love you always pops, brother and dear friend! Until we meet again! Fly high pops, 🙏♥️
My condolences to the family love y’all boys! Gone never forgotten!💫🏎️💙

A Campbell

December 20, 2023, 10:47 pm

Sending my condolences to all of the family, friends, and the community. For at least 30 years, I have known Coach Johnson and the Johnson Family. I pray you all find peace and healing. Fly high Mr and Mrs Johnson, I know you both have missed one another. ♥️

Wendy Segal

December 23, 2023, 3:18 pm

You will be missed.
Love you uncle jimmy

Kathy Turner

December 24, 2023, 3:03 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray that God comforts you guys in this very difficult time. I love you all!

Courtney Curry

January 20, 2024, 1:50 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family I remember coach Johnson from Baker school and know a few of his kids. I will keep y’all in my prayers

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