Deacon Albert T. Johnson, a lifelong faithful servant of God answered God’s call to his heavenly home on August 26, 2022, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. He was born to the late Nick and Viola G. Johnson on December 14, 1932, in Columbus, Georgia. His Christian journey began at New Bethel A M E Church, where he attended grammar school and was a graduate of William R. Spencer High School, Class of 1950. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he toured South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC. and Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter. After honorably serving in the United States Air Force, Technical Sergeant Johnson retired in 1971. While stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, Airman Albert T. Johnson met and married the former Barbara Jean Jenkins, his bride of 59 years. Through this union God blessed them with three children, one son, Mydron Avedis preceded him in death. As born-again believers in Jesus the Christ, Deacon Johnson and his family attended Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Alcolu, until they moved to Sumter, where they attended Shaw Air Force Base’s Palmetto Chapel. Deacon Johnson and his family later reunited with Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon. As a faithful and devoted Christian, he served as a member of the Choir, Mid-Day Service Ministry, Church Banquet Committee, Boy Scouts, and the Brotherhood Ministry. Deacon Johnson was a dedicated servant of Almighty God until his health declined. Deacon Johnson will be remembered by many as the Deacon who enjoyed visiting the sick and shut-in members of Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church and surrounding communities. Before there was a “Meals-on-Wheels” Ministry, Deacon Johnson would donate and distribute meals to those in need on a weekly basis. Without a doubt, Deacon Johnson demonstrated what it is to be a follower of Christ. Those who remain to treasure his precious memory: his wife, Barbara J. Johnson; two children, Cedric Kelvin Johnson of Sumter, and Lakisha (Robert) Smith of Hampton, GA; two grandsons; four brothers, Louis (Alma) Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK, Robert (Mary) Johnson of Harvest, AL, Johnnie (Subrena) Johnson of Macon, GA, Jimmie Johnson of Columbus, GA; one sister, Viola Johnson of Columbus, GA; three sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 5613 Longview Road, Sumter. Viewing will be today from 1:00 – 6:00 p. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1260 Green Hill Church Road, Alcolu, with the Rev. Delbert H. Singleton, Jr., Pastor, Eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 2:20 p. m. Burial will be in the Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honor.
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