"Know that death is not an end, but a transition to a place free of pain and suffering." The word of God reminds us in 2nd Timothy 4:7-8: " I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
Pernell Leon Johnson
On August 20, 2014,
Pernell Leon Johnson, also known as Tobacco Chewer and PL, departed this life
peacefully at his home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, surrounded by his loved
ones. Pernell was born on January 20, 1942, to the late Virgil
Leon Johnson and
Annie Rebecca Carroll Lewis.
He was educated and lived in Prince George’s County where he met his
wife Geraldine Patricia Washington.To this union, two daughters, Donna and
Dana, were born.
Pernell worked a short time for the Naval Ordinance Station
in Indian Head, Maryland, and the United States Postal Service in Washington,
D.C., until he was drafted into the United States Army. Upon his discharge from the military, Pernell
pursued his career as an owner-operator of his own trucking company. Pernell lived and breathed trucks. He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife, Patsy;
daughters, Donna Johnson (Darnell) and Dana Estep (Robert); granddaughters,
Hailee and Madison Estep; mother, A. Rebecca Lewis; brothers, Reginald, Ronald
(Barbara), and Elson (Margaret) Johnson, Henson, Charles, and Joseph Lewis;
sisters, Edna Ehrim (Ambrose), Lisa McKelvy (Tyrone), Selena Jackson (Darrell);
aunts, Edith Myers (Gerard), and Ophelia Neale; and Melia Tuck, a special young
lady that was like a granddaughter; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives,
and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Leon Johnson and step-father, Charles
Fielder Lewis; brothers, Purcell and Alvin Johnson; and sister, Linda Lewis.
In lieu of flowers, the
family has requested that memorial gifts be directed to support the gastric
cancer research of Dr. Ana De Jesus-Acosta at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns
Hopkins. Please make gifts online at www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org or make a check payable to The Johns Hopkins
University indicating that this gift is in memory of Mr. Pernell Leon
Johnson to benefit Dr. Ana De Jesus-Acosta and mail to: Kimmel Cancer Center
Development Office, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at
Union Bethel AME Church, 6810 Floral Park Road, Brandywine, MD 20613. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Interment will take place on Friday September 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery Cheltenham, Maryland
Annie Rebecca Lewis
on Sunday August 24, 2014 of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Visitation will be held on Saturday September 6, 2014 at the Nottingham Myers Campus of New Hope Fellowship 15601 Brooks Church Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772 from 9:00 a.m. until services 11:00 a.m. Interment Church Cemetery.
Brian L. Washington