Paul S. Johnson Jr. 52

Paul S. Johnson Jr., 52, of Dushane St., New Castle died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born February 16, 1962 in New Castle,he was the son of the late Paul S.and Evelyn M. Johnson Sr. He was married on July 13, 1996 to Deborah R. Dean Johnson, who survives.

Paul graduated from Union High School in 1981, where he played basketball and football. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Sharon. He formerly worked as a custodian at the Housing Authority of New Castle, the New Castle School District, and at Slippery Rock University. He was an avid Steeler fan and he enjoyed music. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, Deborah, survivors include a son, Shawn Johnson of New Castle; two step children, Dan Gardner of New Castle, Niya Dean of Farrell; three sisters, Cheryl Johnson and Darlene Johnson, both of New Castle, Carol Seawood of Youngstown, Ohio; a brother, Greg Johnson of New Castle; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and a host of nieces, nephews, in laws, cousins, and good friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 1 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Leon Avery Jr. and Pastor David Young will officiate. Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

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15 thoughts on “Paul S. Johnson Jr. 52

  1. My deepest and Heartfelt sympathies to Paul’s wife Debbie and his family. I went to high school with Paul and we graduated together. We were very close friends and like minded. He always made me laugh. I remember so many long talks. He had such a heart for people you couldn’t help but love him. If I ever needed him he was always there. My heart is broke to know he is gone from the wife he adored and the family he loved so much. What a wonderful family the Johnson family are – remembering them from High School. I am so sad, but then so happy to rejoice he is with our Savior. I can only imagine he has everyone laughing and has some important job to help prepare a place for when the rest of God’s people are called home. I sure long for that day myself. God Bless You all and I will always hold Paul dear to my heart.
    Karen Fox Purvis

  2. Dear Debbie, and Johnson Family, sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. God bless!

  3. My Prayers, Condolences, and Thoughts go out to the Johnson Family. I had the pleasure of knowing Paul at Slippery Rock University, he was always conversational, full of conversation and laugher. I really enjoyed talking with him, we’d talk about the Steelers alot and everyday things, drink coffee and wish each other a great day. May God comfort you all in this time of grief, knowing that God is too wise to make a mistake, and he will not leave you comfortless but he will come unto you. Prayers are going up for you all, Paul is with the Lord, for the Bible says “Absent From The Body Present with the Lord”. I will certainly miss him and his kind ways. He was a kind friend to me. May the Lord Comfort and Keep You All!


    Hank Boler

  4. We Remember Them-Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
    At the rising of the sun and at its going down
    We remember them.
    At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
    We remember them.
    At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
    We remember them.
    At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
    We remember them.
    At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
    We remember them.
    At the beginning of the year and when it ends
    We remember them.
    As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us as we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength
    We remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart
    We remember them.
    When we have joy we crave to share
    We remember them.
    When we have decisions that are difficult to make
    We remember them.
    When we have achievements that are based on theirs
    We remember them.
    As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us as we remember them.

    From : Brandon Dodson and family

  5. I would like to express my condolence to Debbie and the rest of the Johnson family at this time. I was very sadden to hear of the passing of a great friend who together we enjoyed a lot of good times together through out school years and beyond. I know times will be tough for a while,but just keep in your heart all of the goods time that you shared with Paul. My prayers are with you all at this time.

  6. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Johnson family. With our deepest sympathy. From the Avery and Brest family.

  7. To Mrs. Debbie Johnson & the family of the late Mr. Paul Johnson Jr.
    We the Music Ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church wish to extend our deepest condolences to you at this most difficult time.
    Bro. Paul Johnson was a big fan of ours at Bethlehem Baptist; He would offten stop the choir after church with a song he had heard and wanted them to sing.
    It was a great pleasure to know him and we will truly miss him. Its time like these that you never know what words to say for comfort but there is a name above all names who is able to comfort you and give you strength in the time of sorrow. His name is JESUS. LOOK TO THE HILLS FROM WHERE YOUR HELP COMES FROM and know that God is there.

    Cordell J Hampton. Minister of Music
    Sis. Jean Smoot-Green President
    Sis. Lezlie Somerset-Pope Secretary

  8. To the family of Paul S Johnson Jr:

    They say “life goes on”–just give yourself time to mourn and accept and to heal,
    Though none of that offers much comfort right now with the sorrow and loss you must feel…
    But deep in your heart if you trust and believe that memories and love never cease,
    You’ll find God is waiting and wants nothing more than to offer you comfort and peace.

    May you find comfort in God’s words and in the knowledge that others sympathize with you
    in your loss.

    With our sincere sympathy,
    Pas Ivan Scott
    Prayer Chapel Church
    210 Pearson St
    New Castle, PA 16101

  9. Dearest Debbie, and Johnson Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Paul. I had the pleasure of attending school with Paul and shall always reflect on the numerous fond memories. Paul always had a way of bringing laughter and humor in any situation. My deepest sympathy is extended to you all. May God grant you comfort and strength during this most difficult time.

    Cheryl Vrabel Golub

  10. To Debbie and all the Johnson Family,
    Paul, will always remain in my memory. Paul had this special spark of love and energy when
    he would greet family and friends at our gatherings. Paul’s strong voice, dashing looks and
    charming smile will be cherished in my heart. We are all so blessed and rewarded to
    have been around him and experience his rich essence of life.
    My prayer for you Debbie and family is that The Lord continue to heal and comfort us as we remember our Paul Jr.
    With love always,
    Jackie J and Bruce Dalton
    Houston, Texas

  11. What a great loss the Johnson’s are feeling. Paul was a special individual, kind, and a sincere gentleman. A mentor, and friend from the start, his big smile, and a Hee Hee of a laugh, heaven gained a noble person. At peace, is my friend, and we’ll see each other again. Brian.

  12. Dearest Debbie, and Johnson Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Paul. I had the pleasure of attending Union high school with Paul and shall always reflect on the various fond memories. Paul always brought laughter and humor into a classroom. My deepest sympathy is extended to you all. May God be with you and bring you all comfort and strength during this most difficult time.

    Tracy Book Drabenstadt

  13. Shawn and Family: I am deeply sorry for the loss of your father. This is a really sad time in your life and as time goes by you will never forget him, but the pain will lessen. He was a wonderful person who I got to know thru the years. I know he really loved you. He was always worried about you, but he knew that you had to find your own way in life. I believe that everyone has a path to follow and when we get lost we are bound to match up with that path later in life when we are ready. Shawn my heart goes out to you and your family. I have known you along time. I have watched you grow up, you have a good heart as your father had for all around him. If you ever need to talk or just a friendly hello, you are always welcome.

    MaryLou Frazier

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