Mr. Phillip Morris Johnson, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the age of 78. A lifelong resident of Southside Chesconnessex, Mr. Johnson was born Aug. 21, 1940, to the late Maxwell R. Johnson and the late Emma Jane Gibbons Johnson.
Raised in a Christian home, Mr. Johnson attended Riverview United Methodist Church with his family and remained a faithful member throughout his life. Mr. Johnson married his soulmate, Sonja D. “Sonny” Johnson, Jan. 6, 1958, and over the last 61 years they have exemplified the true meaning of unconditional devotion and commitment to one another and to their family. Together, they spent decades as members of the Northampton-Accomack Antique Car Club, shared priceless memories in their 1967 Chrysler New Yorker, and enjoyed trips to Lancaster, Pa., and many other adventures. As a well-respected plumber and HVAC technician, Mr. Johnson was a master of his trade, having worked for Herbert Senn Co. for many years. Following retirement, he focused on spending time with his family, as nothing was more important to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson than being surrounded by their daughters, granddaughter, and grandsons. Mr. Johnson loved with every fiber of his being, and those who had the pleasure to know him never doubted his love, as they could feel it in his smile, his warm hugs, and in their hearts. Though his sweet smile and warm hugs will be greatly missed, his love will live on in the many hearts he touched.
In addition to his wife, Sonny, he is survived by his daughters, Valerie Crockett Mrs. Irvin Mrs. Hunter Mrs. Gladden Mr. Johnson and husband, Mark, of Melfa, and Nicole Kennedy and husband, Michael, of Accomac; brother, James R. “Jimmy” Johnson, of Parksley; sisters, Ellen Turner and husband, Allen, of Melfa, and Sylvia Sherwood and husband, Bobby, of Parksley; grandchildren, Amber Crockett, J.P. Powell, and Andrew Kennedy; and several nieces and nephews, all of whom he very much adored. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five siblings, Biddy, David, and Tommy Johnson, Margaret Annis, and Nancy Fisher.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home Friday, March 1, 2019, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Roland Major officiating. There will be a visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riverview United Methodist Church, 31670 OK Farms Lane, Painter, VA 23420.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com .
Arrangements were made by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.