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James Johnson, Sr.

August 15, 1928 — February 25, 2016

James Ray Johnson, 87 of Cowen passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Tioga.

James was a retired coal miner, who was given the nickname “Patches” by his coal mining buddies. He proudly served our great country in the United States Army during World War II. Whether it was fishing, skiing or boating, James enjoyed being on the water. He liked to camp and play checkers. James could fix anything, and had a passion for being an electrician and a mechanic. He was well-liked by everyone and will be sadly missed by all.

Born August 15, 1928 in Clay County, he was the son of the late Russell Columbus and Beatrice Reed Johnson. In addition to his biological parents, James was preceded in death by the parents who raised him, Jesse and Thelma Johnson; the love of his life, and wife of 28 years, Marsha Marie Slussar Johnson; two grandsons Patrick Franklin Bailey and Darrell Dewayne Slussar, Jr.; brothers Virgil Johnson, Russell Johnson, and Carlos Johnson; and sister Dana Smith.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons James Ray Johnson, Jr. (wife Mary) of Tioga, Russell Lee Johnson (wife Linda) of Cottle, Roger Slussar (wife Trish) of Salt Lake City, UT, Danny Joe Johnson of Cowen, Darrell Slussar of Cowen, Timothy Johnson of Tioga, and Ricky Slussar (wife Jennifer) of Cowen; daughters Judy Hamon (husband Daniel) of Tioga, Susan Bailey of Craigsville, and Cathy Amick (husband Michael) of Summersville; brother Bobby Carl Johnson; and sister Patty Hickman.

Also included, all of which were his pride and joy, beginning with his first grandchild, Jennifer, followed by Julie, James III, Miranda, Amber, Kayleigh, Crystal, Heather, Mackenzie, Emily, Jaxon, Andrea, Dani Jo, Nirissa, Jaiden, Nicholas, Ashia, Amanda, Eric, Sherri, Karen, Phillip, Jessica, Paula, and Pamela; 33 great-grandchildren; four additional expectant great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

Services will be held at 2 pm on Monday, February 29, 2016 at Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen with Pastor Shawn Bragg officiating. Burial with military honors will take place at McAvoy Cemetery. Friends may join the family for a visitation on Sunday evening, February 28, 2016 from 5-8 pm.

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