On January 22, 1948, Kenneth Lee Johnson, was born to the late Hobson “Hop” Isaac Johnson, Jr. and Frances Virginia Matthews Johnson at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Kenneth was affectionately known as “Kenny,” “Ken,” “Uncle Kenny,” and “Papa.” He was the fourth child of five children. After battling a brief illness, Kenneth was called from labor to reward on June 8th, 2020.
At an early age, Kenneth accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as a member of the Macedonia Gospel Choir. Kenneth graduated from Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Maryland in 1967. He held sports records in track and field, football, and baseball. At Whitman, he learned printing as a vocation. He was one of the first African American males to graduate from his senior class.
In March 1968, Kenneth was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country in South Korea during the Korean War. He traveled around the United States and he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He received an honorable discharge in March 1970 from the Army.
Kenneth met his soul mate Jacqueline at church one day and she was playing the piano at Macedonia Baptist Church. It was love at first sight. They were married on February 14, 1976 at Macedonia Baptist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. Two children, a beautiful girl and a handsome boy, were born from this union.
Kenneth started his career after graduating from high school at the Army Map Service, West Bethesda, Maryland. He worked as an offset Journeyman at several printing companies. Some private companies he worked for were: Todd Allan; McCall’s Printing Company; and Editor’s Press. At Editor’s Press he was a Supervisor at the Offset Prep Department. He passed along strong leadership skills. After over 30 years working in the printing industry, in April 1, 2002, Kenneth started his own residential and commercial business called K’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services based in Lanham, Maryland. Customers knew him as “Mr. K.” He enjoyed serving those and being a blessing to his customers.
Kenneth enjoyed being home with his family. He loved working in his yard, attending family gatherings and watching movies at home. He also loved attending to his dogs, cats, and fish. He loved to travel with his family on vacations. Kenneth had an attention grabbing smile. He devoted his time to his family and was an active positive role model as a Father, brother and uncle.
Kenneth leaves to honor his legacy, his beloved wife Jacqueline “Jacki” Johnson; one daughter Sherry Johnson of Lanham, Maryland and one son Victor Johnson (Destannie) of Potomac, Maryland. He leaves three granddaughters: Olivia and Leah (twins), Victoria, and one grandson Landon Johnson. He leaves two sisters; Phyllis McIver of Montross, Virginia and Rene Thomas (Essex) of Leesburg, Virginia. He leaves his Aunt Mary Lloyd of Accokeek, Maryland, nieces, nephews, cousins, a host of relatives and friends.
Kenneth will be buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill, Maryland.
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