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William P. Johnson

William P. Johnson

April 24, 1952~February 28, 2024

William Preston Johnson Sr., 71, of Yulee, FL sadly left us on February 28, 2024, due to natural causes. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Eugenia Tindol., his Dad, Edgar Johnson, Mother, Mary Louise Stratton Johnson, his Precious Niece, Blondie (LoisAnn) Johnson, his Precious Nephew, Lil Merle Johnson Jr., His Precious Grandson, David Jon Hardie and a dear friend, Robert Dale Reed.

William Preston Johnson Sr., is survived by his son,
Preston Johnson Jr., his daughter Wendy Varela, two stepdaughters Michell Tindol and Amy Crosby, as well as, three brothers, Raymond Johnson (Cheryl), Merle Johnson (LoisAnn) and Bret Johnson. Four sisters, Janice Brooks (Johnny), Alice Theophile, Ann Reed (Randy)and Beverly Johnson. Grandchildren, Preston Johnson the 3rd, Starla Spach, Dean, Joshua, Levi and Samuel Crosby and very dear friends, Gregg Bell, Timmy Hicks, Rocky Anderson, and Chuck Norman.

Preston Sr. Was a proud and loyal member of the Iron Workers Union local 597 for 50 years. He was a very loving Dad, Brother, Uncle and Grandfather who had a contagious laugh and an extremely kind and humbling heart. His love was young children, whether it be his own children, his grandchildren, or other children, he loved them all. He loved playing Santa Claus each year for our extended Family Christmas get togethers.
Preston enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, hunting, camping and looking at his family’s old pictures, collecting as many as he could, he loved to reminisce with his siblings about their childhood and the fun he shared in with them. Preston loved his family with a Strong and Fierce Love. His Children and Grandchildren were his Heart. Our hearts are broken as Dad (Preston) left us unexpectedly and way too soon. He is much loved and will always be missed by numerous family members, friends, and all who knew him.

A funeral service will be held in Preston’s honor at 11am on March 23, 2024 at Marietta Church of God
8076 Ramona Blvd
Jax. 32221,
Following with burial @ 12:30 at The Parrish Cemetery, Parrish Cemetery Road. Jax Fl 32221

Memorial Service

Marietta Church of God

  • March 23, 2024
  • 11:00 AM
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  • 8076 Ramona Blvd.
    Florida 32221


Parrish Cemetery

  • March 23, 2024
  • 12:30 PM
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  • Parrish Cemetery Road
    Florida 32221


Amy Crosby

March 11, 2024, 11:52 am

In loving memory of my step-daddy, William Preston “Papa” Johnson Sr.

It is my belief that family is more than just a title that someone is given solely based on their bloodline… it isn’t a word that is meant only for the genealogical group of people that we are born into… Family is much more than that… Family denotes a love and devotion like no other… it is a promise, a commitment to building relationships that are sacred and bound by bonds of unconditional love and endearment! Such a covenant is made consciously and intentionally, over time. It is a choice that is tested and proven over and over until it becomes engrained in our hearts and souls forever!!!

Preston became my family when I was only 6 years old. Over these last 30+ years, he and my late mother shared a deep and abiding love. In that time, he and I established a graceful appreciation for one another. I was able to bless him with 4 handsome grandsons and he blessed me with an unwavering devotion to caring for my mother.

Over the last 3 decades, Preston and I earned one another’s respect and established an endearing love that was built on hard work, tribulation, joy, forgiveness, adversity, patience, allegiance, humility, and love! He was, is and will always be the most amazing Papa to my sons! I am forever grateful for the love and light that he poured into my sons: Dean, Joshua, Levi and Samuel. There isn’t another who spent more valuable and intentional time with my boys, in their formative years, than their Nana + Papa… I will forever cherish the impact and footprint of familial love that they imparted upon us all.

Preston will be greatly missed by me and my 4 boys! May he rest in peace as I believe he is in heaven with The Lord and his beloved, Libby, my precious momma.

We love you Papa + Nana! Forever and ever, Amen!!!
~ Love,
Amy, Dean, Joshua, Levi + Samuel


March 12, 2024, 10:32 pm

To My DEAR FRIEND AMY and her Family.
MAY you find STRENGTH in your time of NEED and be CONSOLED in the knowledge that the POSITIVE ENERGY OF LOVE and what is considered to be a SOUL is UNMEASURABLE in Depth and STRENGTH and OPIONED to be UNSTOPABLE. Sharing the Thoughts and Memories of our LOVED ONES. Not only brings us comfort, but also keeps them with us and therefore ENERGIZED in Life!!! So REMEBER and SHARE those MEMORIES FREQUENTLY. And may you all find JOY and PEACE in this SHARING!!!! With DEEPESTS REGARDS and LOVE!!!!!! THE BUZAN CLAN!!

Deborah Martin

March 18, 2024, 11:45 pm

To my dear friend Alice and Preston’s family. I knew Preston in school. I always thought he was such a sweet guy. I just want to say that I send my condolences to all of you. May God comfort you all in your time of sorry.

Lynn Hall

March 20, 2024, 11:01 am

R.I.P,, PRESTON JOHNSON,,and to all family and friends ❤,,,you have my condolences 🙏and ♥🙏

Rebecca Ogletree

March 23, 2024, 12:25 am

I’m so sorry for your loss of your brother, father, friend’s, husband. I’m sorry we can’t make the funeral our prayers and thoughts will be with you all. Love the Ogletree and Taylor family.

Rev. Tim Hicks

March 23, 2024, 1:30 pm

Preston Johnson was my friend for more years of my life than any other person. We were raised in the same community with the same religious background. We went all the way through school together. The entire Johnson family were all a part of my life. Due to my travels in the ministry we were separated for many years. When we were reunited a few years ago, it was as if no time had passed. We were still brothers. I deeply regret that I am out of the country the day of his memorial service. But we will meet again on the shores of sweet deliverance. Rest in peace my Brother.

Ron Cooner

March 24, 2024, 11:45 am

We love that guy. Went to the high school prom with our gals at the George Washington Hotel there in Jacksonville. Many good times together in our youth. I called him my Roy Rogers because of them eyes my wife and I love them very much. Truly a sad moment. Will be missed by many. Never heard a bad word about Preston such a good person. God be with the family at this time. Ron and Annie.

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