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James Johnson Sr., aka “Papa Juice,” 79, of Kingsland passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Camden County.

He was born on Aug. 6, 1940, to the late Jack Johnson Sr. and Nora Frazier-Johnson in Kingsland. Papa Juice, as he was affectionately known by family and friends, was educated in Ralph J. Bunche High School and was a lifelong member of First African Baptist Church in Kingsland. He was a former employee of Thiokol Chemical Corporation and a 39-year retiree of Gilman Paper Company. Juice, as he was referred to many times, was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys football team and enjoyed fishing, crabbing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by both parents, Jack and Nora Johnson Sr.; his daughter, Pamela Johnson; and three brothers, Stanley Johnson, Ernest Frazier and Jack Johnson.

Those left to cherish his memory: his loving wife of 58 years, Helen Ward-Johnson of Kingsland; four daughters, Sonya Smith of Kingsland, Arlene (Edward) Christian of Riverview, Florida, Cynthia Ward of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sabena (Andre) Carter of Austin, Texas; three sons, Tony (Cheryl) Glover of Folkston, James (Rosa) Johnson Jr. of Darien and Michael Johnson of Kingsland; three sisters, Queen Esther Williams of Kingsland, Mary (James) Campbell of Kingsland and Louise Johnson of Kingsland; one brother, Simon (Verdell) Johnson of Kingsland; close friends, Alex Hopkins and Vandell Dasher; a goddaughter, Ruby Pearson of Jacksonville, Florida; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly. 

There will not be a wake/visitation.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Kingsland Cemetery in Kingsland.

Final arrangements entrusted to Royal Funeral Home Inc. of Jesup.