Dr. Ernest McKinley Jonson was born April 1, 1946 to the late Victoria Lee and McKinley Roosevelt Johnson of Newport News, VA. His loving Great-Grandparents, William and Victoria Wilson and his watchful Aunt, Sadie Wilson-Smith raised him along with the friends and neighbors of 36th street. His cousins Sandra Victoria, Randy Smith, and his Nephew Rashad Wazeerud-Din whom he had a fond appreciation and love for preceded him in death.
He was educated in the Newport News school system and is a proud graduate of the Huntington High School Class of 1965. He continued his education graduating from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he entered Hampton University and graduated with a Masters of Arts degree. Moving ever forward, Ernest completed his Doctorate of Education from Walden University, Minneapolis MN. At the time of his passing, he was pursuing a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice-Legal Studies from Grand Canyon University, Colorado.
Dr. Ernest M. Johnson taught for over 30 years for the Baltimore School System specializing in business. He was vice-principal at Reginald F. Lewis High School Business Department, educating students on the fundamentals of business, accounting technology, tax preparations, and more.
Ernest served his country in the Vietnam War. He received numerous awards,and discharged honorably. In 1979, Ernest joined the brotherhood of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. “founded by strong men who were God-fearing, and serious minded and who possessed the imagination, ambition, courage and determination to defy custom in pursuit of a college education and careers”. The ideals of the church were an important foundation of the Fraternity, founded at Indiana Unviersity-1911 and drew Ernest to join.
Ernest passion for playing gospel music spanned over 50 years. He was creative and nurturing with his choral ensemble members at ProvidenceBaptist Church in Newport News, Eastern Shore Community College, Princess Ann Virginia, and the Milton A. Harrell Choral Ensemble, Christ Church Baltimore, Maryland. He loved to play the piano and practice with his choir members who were like family to him.
Ernest is survived by his two brothers, Franklin H. Wilson (Juanita) of Hampton, VA and Raymond T. Wazeerud-Din of Newport News, Va. One aunt, Barbara Fleming of Harlem, NY. Ernest has a special cousin, Linda Smith-Alexandre (David), Norwalk, CT. Ernest was blessed with many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members and friends who loved and cared about him.
Many thanks to Mrs. Marion Hutchins, and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Poole and family of Pikesville, Maryland who were faithful in caring for him during his time of illness. Their family members cared for Ernest just like family and we are forever grateful to each of them for their dedication, love and support.
A walk through viewing for Dr. Johnson will be held from 11:00a.m. until 1:00p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2021 at C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
It is the desire of the Johnson family that you would keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of Dr. Ernest M. Johnson has entrusted his final care to the staff of C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
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