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Wardell Johnson

September 22, 1926 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Wardell Johnson Obituary

We gather here today to celebrate the remarkable life of Wardell Johnson. Throughout his life, 
Wardell embodied the virtues of faith, courage, love, and devotion. As a pastor, military member, 
husband, father, and grandfather, he left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the 
privilege of knowing him.


Wardell Johnson was born on September 22, 1926, in Magnolia Arkansas to Mary Lena and Frank 
Johnson. He was the eldest of six siblings Herbert, Oreba, William (W.C), Marion (JR) and Evertine.
Wardell Johnson met his first love Mae Ruth Green, where they later wed March 22, 1945. Wardell 
left Arkansas to Michigan to join the Army. He was a dedicated military member of the armed forces 
where he served his country with honor and distinction in World War II. His selflessness and 
sacrifice in defense of his country will forever be remembered and honored. His exemplary 
leadership and unwavering commitment to duty set an inspiring example for those who served 
alongside him.


After serving his country, Wardell became a certified Electrician and Carpenter. From there Wardell 
and Mae Ruth relocated to Chicago for greener pastures where they had three children Ardell 
Johnson, Victor Johnson, and Kathy Johnson. He was a devoted employee at Midland & Ross National 
Castings in Cicero IL, where he worked until his retirement in 1985. Wardell became an ordained 
minister on December n, 1966 at Christian Fellowship M.B. in Chicago IL. He opened his church 
Second Samaritan Church of God on July 21,1977. Wardell served there with Mae Ruth until her 
passing in 1981.


He later found love and companionship again with his second wife, Barbara Johnson, whom he married 
on March 29, 1985. Wardell served as a cherished father figure and a source of inspiration for 
Barbara's children Rolmene (Rockie) Ward, Darcel) Strickland, Otis Strickland, and Murrell 
Strickland. Alongside Barbara, he dedicated numerous years to community outreach through their 
welcoming ministry at the Second Samaritan Church of God in Chicago, until they retired the church 
in 1998. Following their extensive service, he assumed the role of Assistant Pastor at First Church 
of God in Harvey, IL. He remained devoted to Barbara Johnson who he loved dearly and spent the 
remainder of his life until God called him home December 2, 2023.

His unwavering belief in God and Christ permeated every aspect of his being, shaping his 
actions and guiding his path. He found solace and strength in his faith, and he dedicated himself 
to sharing its teachings with his family and community. His steadfast belief in the promise of a 
new heaven and new earth served as a source of comfort and inspiration, offering hope and 
reassurance to all who crossed his path. Wardell was a devoted author who shared his spiritual 
insights with the world. His book, "Do You Now Believe," stands as a testament to his commitment to 
spreading the message of faith, love, and redemption. Through his writing, he sought to ignite the 
flames of faith in the hearts of his readers, leaving behind a legacy chat will continue to touch 
and transform lives for years to come.


As a husband, father, and grandfather, Wardell's love knew no bounds. His unwavering support, 
kindness, and guidance formed the foundation upon which his family thrived. His devotion to his 
loved ones reflected the boundless love and compassion he found through his faith, and his presence 
will forever be cherished in the memories and hearts of those he held dear.
Today, we bid farewell to Wardell Johnson-a man of faith, integrity, and love. Though he has 
departed from this world, his spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of all who were 
fortunate enough to know him. He joins in spirit his mother and father and 4 siblings. He leaves to 
cherish his memory his wife, 5 children, 1 sister, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and 
great- great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family. Let us carry 
forward the lessons he imparted and the love he shared, keeping his memory alive through our own 
acts of kindness, compassion, and devotion.


Rest in peace, Wardell Johnson, knowing that your legacy will endure for generations to come.
 

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
December 12, 2023

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
W W Holt Funeral Home
175 W. 159th Street
Harvey, IL 60426

Wake
Wednesday
December 13, 2023

4:00 PM
W W Holt Funeral Home
175 W. 159th Street
Harvey, IL 60426

Funeral Service
Wednesday
December 13, 2023

4:00 PM
W W Holt Funeral Home
175 W. 159th Street
Harvey, IL 60426

Interment following funeral service
Wednesday
December 13, 2023

W W Holt Funeral Home
175 W. 159th Street
Harvey, IL 60426

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