Reflection of Life
Leon Johnson was born on October 2, 1930 to Willie Mae Daniels-Watson and Lynah Johnson in Foreman Arkansas, where he accepted Christ at an early age and graduated from high school.
After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of his military service he moved to Kansas City, Kansas. It was there that he met and married Freda Bradley and had one daughter Leontyne Nichole and one son Vincent Bradley.
Later in his life, he moved to Denver, Colorado. While in Denver, Nathaniel (his brother) and Leon owned and operated a Standard gas station for twelve years. After Leon moved back to Kansas City, Kansas Leon became an entrepreneur, owning Johnson Trucking Company for over twenty years.
Leon loved road trips across the country traveling in the “Green Hornet” Lexxus (especially to family reunions), tinkering with old cars, and enjoyed being sharp at any function.
He became a member of both Community Missionary Baptist Church and Guiding Star Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. While at Guiding Star Baptist Church he served on the financial committee and in many other ministries.
Leon later moved to Charlotte North, Carolina to be near his daughter Nikki and son-in-law Carl and their family. He resided at Regency Retirement Village where he enjoyed ice cream socials, weekly prayer circles, visits with his grandchildren and outings with his family. He will be greatly missed by his Charlotte family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae and Lynah Johnson; one brother, Nathaniel “Smitty” Watson; four sisters, Joyce Watson; Christine Watson-Hamilton; Louise “Sista” Johnson-McNeely; Maxine “Sweetie” Johnson-Carr; and one son, Vincent Bradley.
Leon is survived by one daughter, Leontyne Nichole and son-in-law Carl Wilson; two granddaughters, Faith (17) and Courtney (9) Wilson; and one grandson, Miles Wilson (11) all of Charlotte, North Carolina; one brother, Deacon Robert Watson of Kansas City, Kansas; and loving nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.