Marvin W. Johnson, 97, formerly of Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2024, in Lakewood Ranch Hospital, Bradenton, Florida. Marvin was born in Portsmouth to Andrew B. Johnson and Marion Gaskins Johnson on May 3, 1926.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Mildred Smith Johnson, and his precious granddaughter, Kimberly Eve Gray. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Marion Bruce Johnson, Andrew B. Johnson, Jr., his wife, Clarice and their son, Bruce, James L. Johnson and Paul C. Johnson and his sisters Mary Leigh Jones, Patricia Richmond and husband Bill, and Betty Rhodes and husband, Linwood and their daughter, Sarah. His brother-in-law, William Crocker Smith, and his grandson-in-law, George L. Wabuge, also predeceased him.
Marvin served in the US Navy during World War II and retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a nuclear planner and estimator. He was a former member of Pinecrest Baptist Church and a lifelong member of Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Marvin and Mildred sang with various choirs in the area, were active in the Eastern Star and Masonic Order, traveled throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and vacationed with their family on the beaches of North and South Carolina.
Marvin is survived by his daughter, Marion Johnson Lidman and her husband, Dr. Roger W. Lidman of Norfolk, and their daughter, Naomei Elizabeth Lidman of Boston MA; his daughter, Edna Johnson Kindley and her husband, George M. Kindley and their son, Kevin Murray Kindley of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, their daughter Kristen Kindley Wabuge, and her children Simone Wabuge and Quinton Wabuge of Cameron, NC. Marvin is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Barbara Edwards Johnson and Sandra Tarkenton Johnson and many nieces and nephews.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.SoundChoiceCremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Rendezvous, 2729 Bowden Ferry Road Norfolk, VA, Saturday, February 17th at noon, reception to follow. Valet parking is provided. Interment will be private.
We are so sorry to read of the passing of Marvin Johnson. He was very highly regarded and geninely well-respected. Our condolences go to Marion and the entire family.
Warren and Gayle Channel
We both have very fond memories of our dear friend Marvin. I had the privilege of working with him as he spent many years serving with the Portsmouth Baptist Association. He chaired many committees and officiated as moderator often. Ron knew him as a fellow member of JMBC where he so faithfully served. He was a godly man who set a wonderful example for all whose path he crossed.
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