Reverend Willie J. Johnson

October 30, 1941 - December 30, 2012

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In profound sorrow we announce the passing of Reverend Willie J. Johnson, age 71, the Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church of Newnan, Georgia, on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:00 PM.
Instate will be at 10:00 AM at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Reverend J.T. Coleman, Eulogist. Interment will take place on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11:00 AM in Eastview Cemetery.

Public viewing will be on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Sellers-Smith R.W.S. Memorial Chapel.

Day of service parking is available at the Mount Vernon First Baptist Church.

The Saint Smyrna Baptist Church and Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church will be offering a courtesy shuttles from the parking lot of Sellers-Smith Funeral Home and Newnan Chapel U.M.C.

“A Time to Be Born”
Willie Josephus Johnson was born to Mr. & Mrs. Washington Johnson, Sr. of Newnan, GA. He was born on October 30, 1941, the sixth of ten children. His parents preceded him in death, along with Lucious, Mildred, Homer, Ernest, Robert, and Cecil.

“A Time to Live”
Willie was educated in the Coweta County school system, graduating from Central High School in 1961. He attended ITC in Atlanta, GA, studied Psychology at West Georgia College, received his BA in Theology, and Masters in Theology from Emmanuel Baptist College & Seminary in 1992. He also studied at ACTS.

He accepted Christ at a very early age and united with the St. Smyrna Baptist Church where he was a very active choir member and developed a great love for singing. He sang in the Glee Club at school and also with several quartet groups in and around Newnan, including the Sims Gospel Singers and The Sons of Calvary Quartet.

“A Time to Serve”
He received his calling into the ministry in July 1967, did his first sermon in October 1967 at the St. Smyrna Baptist Church. He was licensed and ordained by St. Smyrna and served there as Associate/Youth Pastor until he was called to serve as the pastor of the Sunnyside Baptist Church in Gay, GA in 1970. He became pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist church, Luthersville, GA in 1972. He was called as pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Newnan in October 1973. He has served as pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church for 39 years.

“A Time to Sow”
Rev. Johnson became involved in the Western Union Baptist Association, became Dean of the Western Union Congress of Christian Education, Vice Moderator of WUBA, and a member of the General Baptist State Convention of Georgia, served as 2nd VP of the fourth District of the General Missionary Baptist Convention, and Moderator of WUBA in 1990 and was currently serving as Moderator. He organized the Coweta County Mass Choir in 1982, Believers against Drugs (BAD), Crusade 92 & 93, he worked with the Juvenile Court service workers, counseling troubled young people, and he has worked with the ministerial Fellowship Alliance and served as Chaplain of the Newnan High School Basketball Team in 1995-96.

“A Time to Reap and A Time to Laugh”
Rev. Johnson was married to his childhood sweetheart, Ida B. Martin in 1961. To this union five children were born: Perez Johnson (Deceased), Willie Johnson, Jr. Joni Chanel Johnson (Decease), Marcellous Johnson, & Washington Johnson III (Deceased). They celebrated 51 years of marriage in July.
He became a commercial builder, working with the Beers Construction Company as a carpenter foreman for several years and later retiring to become a full time minister and pastor. He built and or assisted with the building of several churches. He expanded the ministries at Zion Hill and outreach into the community as well. He expanded his ministry into Cameroon Africa by providing an eyeglass ministry for anyone needing glasses and supporting a local Cameroon African Orphanage. He touched many lives far and near, encouraging, sharing, caring, loving, imparting words of wisdom, spreading cheer & laughter every place he went. Pastor Johnson was a man after God’s own heart. He lived the life he preached about, a wonderful, God-fearing man, husband, father, teacher, preacher, pastor and friend.

“A Time to Die & A Time to Weep”
Pastor W. J. Johnson was called from labor to reward early Sunday morning, December 30, 2012. He went to sleep here to transition there. He fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith and now he’s able to enter into the joy of the Lord. He leaves a beautiful legacy for his loving wife (whom he loved dearly), Ida Johnson, Willie and Vicky Johnson, San Antonio, TX, Marcellous and Vanessa Johnson, Santania and Russell Martin, Precilla and Ricky Penson, Peachtree City, numerous god children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, Washington and Lorraine Johnson, Emma and James Washington, Diane McWilliams, Bobbie and Melvin Vinson, Cassandra and Gordon Mitchell, Helen Johnson, (all of Newnan, GA) Ada Johnson, Detroit, MI, Aunt Grethel Lovelace, Roswell, GA, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family, church family and friends.