Elder Tommy J. Johnson

Elder Tommy J. Johnson, age 62, was born in Austin, Texas and answered His Saviors call on Monday November 26, 2012 from his residence.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents Walker and Thessalonia Johnson.

Tommy was a gifted musician, soloist, choir director and song writer who spent is entire life in music ministry. He traveled the world as a background singer for patti LaBelle, was in many stage plays including Your Arms are Too Short to Box with God.

Tommy was one of the founders of South High School Gospel Choir and The Young Peoples Community Choir, Co Director of the United Inspirational Choir (UIQ), The L.M. Grant Delegation, and worked in ministry at many churches throughout Columbus, Florida, St. Louis, and New York. In recent years it was Tommys joy to be an ordained Elder in The Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies where it was his greatest joy to serve in the preaching ministry.

One of his greatest joys was his children, Nichole and Tara. He was so proud of the accomplishments made by each and the gifts that God had invested in them. Watching his grandchildren Alexa and Nathanyal grow into their own also brought him much joy.

One of Tommy’s constant prayers and desires was in the words of the song “IF I CAN HELP SOMEBODY.

Left to cherish his memory, mother Ruby Veal, daughters Nichole (Pastor Lance) Humphrey, Tara Kimble Franklin, sisters Mary Eldridge-Johnson, Joyce Johnson, Ann Cox, and Nancy Johnson, grandchildren Alexa Humphrey and Nathanyal Franklin, special friends and caregivers Ruby Griffea and Elder Keith Smith, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, The Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies Church Family and friends.

Condolence Messages

  1. Kristaline "Krissy" W. :

    "es;God Specializes in things thought impossible and He will do what no other power but holy power can do."es; I loved to hear you sing this song as it was a true testimony of your life. I thank God for allowing you to be such a special a part of my life. I will always remember all the fun and crazy times we, and the rest of "es;The Wagons"es; experienced together. The many conversations and wisdom that you shared. I will always remember the many 3- way- phone calls with various "es;Wagons"es; and how you would have us all laughing out of control! There are so many memories that I will charish and never let slip away. Oh yeah and those "es;Bit O Honey's"es; I will always eat only one so I dont choke! LOL Uncle Tommy, I love you will miss you deeply.
    Your Niece…
    "es;Krissylynn"es; (only you Uncle Tommy) 🙂

    To Tara and Nikki, Thank you so much for sharing your dad with me. We all know he is now pain free and suffering no more. I can't wait until the day that we will see him again! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family… I love you guys!

  2. Gregory " Elder" Railey :

    Words can not describe how much I'm going to miss you Uncle Tommy Johnson. I will always cherish and hold dear to my heart the words of wisdom and encouragement that you would always give to me. Especially the words of REBUKE to make sure I'm doing that which is right. I can still hear your saying alright ELROY! You know you're our district Elder, let's make it happen…. Thank you Tara and Lady Nikki for sharing your father with me as well as others, he was a GREAT Man and Mentor. I love you all!

  3. Fellow patients @ Fersineus Dialysis Clinic :

    To our fellow patient Tommy from your friends at dialysis. You will be remember always for your kind and caring ways. We will miss you friend.

  4. Bishop Roger Hairston :

    My memories of Elder Tommy Johnson are many….Back in the late 60's early 70's is when I first met Tommy… He was playing for my oldest brother Elder Richard Hairston at Prince of Peace…1712 Cleveland Ave…The first time I heard him sing was an awesome experience to say the least. He had a range that was incredible, and when he was given the mic in any church service it would be OVER…. incredible. I remember South High School Gospel Chior, UIQ, CM Grant Delegation…. Rest on Tommy…. I will see you in the morning.

  5. Evang./ Mother Janet Farmer :

    To the Family you are in my prayers One day you will all see each other again when we wake up from our sleep. when the Lord Jesus comes back. He gives His beloved Sleep. God bless and comfort you. Evang./ Mother Janet Famer, Las Vegas , Nv. Formly of Columbus Ohio .

  6. Wanetta Collins :

    Good Bye Tommy ,may you rest in peace job well done. You will truly be missed.

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