Joe Mitchell Johnson

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 9, 2010

Services for Joe Mitchell “Little Joe” Johnson will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at New Rock of Ages M.B. Church with Dr. Michael R. Reed Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Second Union Cemetery in Utica. Visitation will be from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died Monday, April 5, 2010, at his home. He was 64.

Mr. Johnson was born in Vallejo, Calif., to Willie C. Johnson and Viola Owens. He was a former member and usher at Mount Zion No. 1 Baptist Church and attended New Rock of Ages M.B. Church.

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He graduated in 1964 from Rosa A. Temple High School and played guitar for a local band. He worked as a meter reader for the City of Vicksburg before retiring after 22 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clay Redd and Ella Brooks Redd.

Survivors include his wife, Lena M. Taylor Johnson of Vicksburg; two daughters, Dorothy Martin and Ella M. Curry, both of Vicksburg; five sons, Joe M. Johnson Hodge of Savannah, Ga., and Thomas Taylor, Timothy Taylor, Randy Taylor and Ronnie Taylor, all of Vicksburg; three brothers, Larry Owens and Michael Owens, both of Stockton, Calif., and Willie R. Johnson Sr. of Vicksburg; five sisters, Ella L. Jackson, Linda Sauceda, Herbert Jean Boyd, Vera Owens and Doris Owens, all of Stockton; 12 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.