Wellington Sylvester Johnson, born January 17, 1931, departed this life on October 7, 2020. He spent his early years in the town of Kay Moor, WV (now extinct). There, he worked in the Coal Mines, and in his pastime, played baseball and was part of one of the first Negro Baseball Leagues (he could have played in the major leagues). Wellington was also a strong swimmer in his early years. He would swim out into the river to test the depth of the water to make sure it was safe so that the Pastor of the church would be able to baptize. He is a veteran, having served as well as survived with honors in the Korean War. Wellington worked many years in Construction as a Cement Finisher and helped build Harford Heights Elementary School located in North-East Baltimore.
Wellington had a great sense of humor and was a very strong singer. He could sing all genres uplifting the spirits of all those around him. He had a marvelous tenor voice and used his beautiful gift singing in the church. He sang with the famous professional quartet The Ink Spots. His talents even went as far as WOAY Broadcasting Radio Station with the Royal Trumpets in Oakhill, WV. His favorite song was "Shine on Me" which he sang melodiously until his health failed. Wellington was predeceased by his grandparents who raised him, Bertha and Joseph Johnson, his mother Beatrice A. McKnight, brother Marvin Arnold, and sister Bertha Arnold-Smith (Mickey).
Wellington, affectionately called "Welly", was a charmer and was loved dearly by many. He will be missed by his children Yvette Weathers, Yvonne Johnson, and Sharon Cannon, sisters Evelyn A. Hyman and Donna L. McKnight, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. The family owes a debt of gratitude to the friends and staff at All Together Assistant Living Group Home. Wellington may be gone in body, but he will live forever in spirit and in our hearts. Until we meet again, rest happily and in peace at home with Christ.
The Viewing will be held at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home.
1407 Old Eastern Avenue Essex, MD 21221.
October 11, 2020 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
The Funeral will be held at Bruzdzinski Funeral Home as well.
October 12, 2020 at 11:00am. (Due to COVID-19 immediate family only)
The repass will be held at 63 Been Way Nottingham MD, 21236. At 2:00pm.
Those that wish to make contributions of flowers or cards please send to the Funeral Home listed above.
Acknowledgements: The family wish to acknowledge everyone with sincere appreciation for the many expressions of love, concern, and kindness shown to them during their time of bereavement.
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