Obituary

The Lord called Jesse Nile Johnson, Sr. home on Thursday, November 23, 2017, with his family close by in Stafford, Virginia.

Jesse was born on January 16, 1930 to the late Walter Nile Johnson and Mary Florence Parker-Johnson. He was the fourth son and seventh child of 20 children. He attended school in a small school-house on the southern end of Stafford County. While he only completed school through the 6th grade, he was an extremely intelligent man. He was married to Macy Gertrude Berryman for 57 years and they raised 5 children altogether.
He is predeceased by his wife Macy Gertrude Berryman; son Jesse Nile Johnson, Jr., 10 brothers – Walter, Earl, Preston, Willie, Robert, Thomas, Carroll, Lewis, Lloyd, Floyd; 5 sisters - Mary, Lottie Ann, Irene, Maria “Lucille”, Viola; granddaughter Mateasa.

He leaves to cherish his fond memories 6 children Morris (Vivian) Berryman, Hazel (Cleve) Johnson, Sparkle (Fritz) Raymond, Frances (Timothy) Travis, Sr., Hazel Richardson, Jenny Brown; daughter-in-law Darlene Johnson; 12 grandchildren: two he helped raise Lavette (Garnett) Bumbrey, Jr. and Kevin Johnson, Sr., Jeffrey (Tamasa) Johnson, Lashawn (Wyatt) Willingham, Tabitha (Fred) Cole, Brandon (Donna) Johnson, Latoya Berryman, Tiffany (James) Corbin, Morris Berryman II, Brittany (Angelo) Wright, Tim (Renee) Travis, Jr., Tyrone (Shirley) Travis. He also leaves to cherish his memories 26 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Elizabeth Berryman, and Sylvia Williams; 2 brothers: James Johnson, and Freddie (Helen) Johnson; a host of other relatives, a devoted church family and many friends. Jesse and Macy both left a true legacy for all of us to follow and he will be greatly missed!

Jesse worked in the masonry trade as a cement finisher for over fifty years and he taught his family the value of hard work and perseverance. He took great pride in the home he built, always kept his yard well groomed, and completed many home improvement projects using his master masonry skills and his creative eye.
He was good natured and very well known throughout the community. Jesse was always willing to help anyone in need and he did not look for rewards because as he often testified, his rewards came from God’s grace and mercy. He loved to laugh, joke, and spend time with family and friends. He was great at playing cards, dominos, checkers, and horseshoes, and enjoyed watching Westerns especially with his favorite actor Clint Eastwood.

His commitment to Shiloh Old Site Baptist Church began in 1949, when he helped build the church. He joined Shiloh in 1951, became a Deacon in 1954 and a Trustee in 1961. After serving many years in the Deacon Ministry, Jesse became the Chairman of Deacons and the Church Treasurer in 1983, and he served Shiloh Old Site Baptist Church faithfully in this capacity for over 30 years.