Valdosta Daily Times

Kendrick Johnson

January 18, 2013

Kendrick Lamar “K.J.” Johnson

VALDOSTA — Mr. Kendrick Lamar “K.J.” Johnson was given to this world on Oct. 10, 1995 and was called home on Jan. 10, 2013. Jeremiah 31:3 declares that “ with love and kindness have I drawn thee.”

Kendrick “K.J.” Johnson was the youngest son born to Kenneth Johnson Sr. and Jaquelyn Johnson in Lowndes County, Ga. Kendrick was a 10th grade student at Lowndes High School. He was also had a deep love and passion for sports where he was a member of the Lowndes High Vikings football, basketball, and track team. Although his loss has left a void, his bright smile, his humble spirit, and gifted talents will be truly missed by all. Kendrick was preceded in death by one sister: Kenya Johnson; his grandfather: Mr. Oscar Johnson; grandmother: Mrs. Frances Jones; grandfather: Rev. David Cooper; great grandparents: Mr. H.T. and Mamie Tooley, aunts: Mrs. Katie Cooper, Pastor Brenda Cooper-Daniels, Ella Cooper Carter, and Mrs. Ola Johnson; Machelle Brooklin-Fead, Mrs. Erma Jean Butler, and Mrs. Dorothy Lane Uncles:  Mr. Carl Johnson, Mr. John Johnson, Mr. Emmanuel Johnson, Mr. Phil Johnson, Mr. J.L. Johnson, Mr. Henry Johnson, Mr. Randy Johnson

Left to mourn his loss is his loving and devoted parents: Kenneth Johnson Sr. and Jacquelyn Johnson; three brothers: Ervin Robinson, Kenneth Johnson Jr., and Jeremiah Green all of Valdosta, Ga.; two sisters, Sierra Johnson of Savannah, and Kenyetta Johnson of Valdosta; one niece, Ashanti Johnson; two nephews, Kemarion Newsome and Tremaine Johnson; grandfather, Eddie W. Tooley; grandmother, Pastor Barbara (Alphonso) English; great grandmother, Mrs. Lois Williams, all of Valdosta; aunts: Janette Martin, Joan English, Tyricia Tooley, Freda Perry, Tesha Tooley, Barbara Jones, Gwendolyn Jones, Tradessa Jones, Stacy Roe, Keisha Tooley, Shawanda Moore, Jennifer Bailey, Lydia (Victor) Tooley-Whitlock, Lisa Williams, Keisha Moore, Arial Tooley, Shayla London-Breelove; great aunts, Mary Cooper, Ruth Cooper, Susie C. Kier, Patricia (Wayne) Adams, Barbara Davis, Mary J. Mark, Sally (Joe) Richardson, Bernice (Ricky) Griffin, Gloria Johnson, Margret (Bobby) Armstrong, Hattie M. Lockhart, Mary F. Matchett, Mary Sherman, Evangelist Hattie Wade, and Clora Alice; uncles: Joseph Martin, Larry (Nina) Jones, Sylvester Jones, Willie C. Jones, Jimmy (Lillie) Johnson, Dain Johnson, Herman Johnson, J.C. Johnson, Jerome Tooley, Antavious Robinson, Eddie A. Tooley, Errin Tooley, Christoper Tooley, Jessie Kincaid, Javon Moore David Moore Jr.; godmother, Mrs. Felita Townsend; godfather: Mr. James Spates III god brothers: Andra and Antonio Townsend and Dexter Smith; god sisters, Terineca Parker, Ashley Brantley, Destiny Newsome, Jessica McKeithen, and Jasmine Grier; special cousin, Artis Thomas IV and the Lowndes High School Football, basketball, and track teams; and a hosts of sorrowing relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Union Cathedral. Bishop Wade S. McCrae is the Pastor and will be officiating. Burial to follow at the Sunset Hill Cemetery. Final rites were entrusted to Harrington Funeral Home.

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  • KJ’s parents claim racial bullying in lawsuit

    The parents of Kendrick Johnson have sued the Lowndes County School System, claiming officials neglected to protect their son from racial harassment and bullying that they said led to his death.

    May 15, 2014

  • Anonymous email in KJ case based on rumor, says author

    The teenage girl who authored an anonymous email claiming someone had confessed to murdering Kendrick Johnson says it was strictly a rumor that she felt conscience-bound to share with the sheriff’s office.

    March 27, 2014

  • keyboard.jpg Authorities: Confession in KJ case not credible

    An anonymous email claiming a former classmate of Kendrick Johnson had confessed to killing him was investigated and determined not to be credible, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • social.jpg Mom says sons harassed, threatened in KJ case

    Karen Bell has had it with the rumor-mongering about her family’s connection to the death of Kendrick Johnson on social networking sites like YouTube,  Twitter and Facebook.

    February 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnsons file civil suit against funeral home

    Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a civil lawsuit against the Harrington Funeral Home, claiming it negligently handled their son’s remains and deliberately withheld information about the condition of his body.

    February 6, 2014

  • 140121-Floyd_Rose001.jpg No response to KJ reward

    A local civil rights leader returned reward money to its donor Tuesday after it failed to yield any significant information pertaining to the death of Kendrick Johnson.

    January 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • State capitol rally today for new KJ probe

    A three-hour rally for a new investigation into the disputed death of Lowndes High student Kendrick Johnson 11 months ago is planned today on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol building.

    December 11, 2013

  • Kendrick_Johnson.jpg Where was Kendrick?

    About this series
    This is the third of four stories by the Valdosta Daily Times reviewing the official police file on the investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson. Today’s report is about the confusion surrounding Kendrick’s whereabouts the day before his body was found, explains police handling of a report that a person was attacked and falsely accused of killing Kendrick, and tells about the dissatisfaction of Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson with how authorities handled the immediate investigation.

    November 23, 2013 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • kendrick-johnson.jpg Finding Kendrick

    The Times continues its in-depth look at the investigative case file into the January death of Kendrick Johnson at Lowndes High School.

    November 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • kendrick-johnson.jpg Kendrick’s Final Walk

    A review of Lowndes High School video footage shows more than the moments Kendrick Johnson entered the old gymnasium where his body was discovered Jan. 11 in a rolled wrestling mat.

    November 21, 2013 1 Photo

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