William "Bill" Johnson, Jr. 65, passed away Friday January 13th at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Bill, often called Billy Boy by his family was a resident of Baton Rouge, and a graduate of Capitol High School. He furthered his studies at Southern University and later enlisted in the United States Air Force. Bill was a 42 year employee of GSU/Entergy, and retired in 2016 as Line Supervisor for the Zachary network. Bill will be remembered as a "gentle giant" with an infectious smile and kind spirit. To know him was to love him. Bill also worked as a reserve officer for the Walker Police dept. He was member of Living Faith Christian Center. His survivors include his loving and devoted wife Mamie B Johnson; four daughters Trina Rowles (Stuart) of Vancouver, British Columbia and Amber Johnson of Regina, Saskatchewan, Tanisha Smith (Eugene) and Brandi Williams of Baton Rouge, La. ; two sons, William Johnson III (Ann) of Regina, Saskatchewan and Kevin Johnson of Walker, La.; three brothers Melvin "Jerome" Johnson Sr. (Berthell), Michael Johnson (Veronice), Terry Johnson (Deborah) all of Baton Rouge, LA; two sisters Madeline Coleman and Stephanie Robinson (Sirma-an) both of Baton Rouge; two brothers-in-law Clifton W Bell, Jr (Leona) of Baton Rouge, and Tyrone (Sue) Bell of Madison Wisconsin; four sisters-in-law Myrtle Anderson, Anita (Larry) Arnold, Vanessa (Theodore) Nauls of Baton Rouge. LA. and Carolyn Bledsoe of Atlanta, GA.; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Rowles, William Johnson, IV, Gracelen Johnson, Kevin Smith-Johnson, Jr, Caleb Smith-Johnson, Payton Smith-Johnson, Hannah Mcbride, and Caden and Layla Smith. A host of friends including his Entergy family; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts uncles and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 at Living Faith Christian Center Faith Place, 6180 Winbourne Ave., Baton Rouge, LA, from 8:30 a.m. until Religious services at 10:30 a.m. Services conducted by Bishop Raymond Johnson with Interment at Louisiana National Cemetery in Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Published by The Advocate from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2017.