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James W. Johnson III

August 1, 1946 — January 18, 2022

James W. “Jimmy” Johnson III age 75 of Avella passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, following an extended illness. He was born August 1, 1946 in Washington, a son of the late James W. and Carmella Capozzi Johnson Jr.

Jimmy was a 1964 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. He spent 24 years living in Silver Springs and 8 years in Columbia Maryland where he worked for many years as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Bialek. He also owned and operated the Book Guy in Savage Mills Maryland. While living in the D.C. area, Jimmy played softball for the River Rats, earning the nickname Long Ball Johnson. After moving back to the area in 2002, he worked as a driver for Triple. Jimmy was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Saint James Parish. He was a voracious reader and lover of oldies. He loved his dogs and most especially spending time with his grandchildren and family. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam war from 1965 to 1969 as a Pharmacist Mate at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

On September 20, 1966 he married Joanne Frazier, who survives. Also left behind to cherish his memory are his son James “Jamie” Johnson IV of Baltimore; daughter Jenifer Johnson of Avella; grandchildren James and Emma Johnson, Mazie Mamula, Kelly and Tyler Johnson; great-grandon Damien; brothers Brent (Linda) Johnson of Pittsburgh and Baron (Vicki) Johnson of Maryville, TN and sister Jerilynn (Michael) Ciletti of Colorado Springs, CO.

Friends and family are welcome from 2-7 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor, Erin E. Jones, LFD, 304 W. Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Saint James Parish, 119 W Chestnut Street, Washington. Everyone please meet at church.

Private interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, McMurray.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to their family and friends for their prayers and support and a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, especially to Jenna and Stan for their compassion and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

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