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Warren Johnson Sr.

Jackson, Michigan

August 8, 1953 - May 4, 2024

Warren Johnson Sr. Obituary

Warren Crawford Johnson Sr. was born on August 8, 1953 to Robert B. Johnson and Geneva Hurt-Johnson (Pryor) at their home in Olmsted, Illinois. In the late 1950's the Johnson family moved to Jackson, Michigan, where Warren remained a resident until being called to his final resting place on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Warren is preceded in death by both his parents, Elder Robert B. Johnson and Missionary Geneva Johnson; sisters, Diana Sanders and Diane Hurt; brother, Emerick Johnson. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 49 years, Zetta Johnson; daughter, Shareena Johnson (Keigel Sr.); son, Warren C. Johnson Jr. (Mia); siblings: Phyllis Pearson, Dexter Hurt (Sharon), Stanley Johnson Sr., and Edwin "Craig" Johnson; grandkids, Jaylen McDonald; Kayla, Kyla, Keigel Jr, Keiyera, and Keishana Johnson; Shaneshia Johnson-Davidson (LaQuavius), and Dominique Horton; great grandkids, Koa Johnson, Nyla and Kylee Davidson, and Dion Hall.

Warren began to play around on the keys of his mother's piano at the age of three. He fell in love with the sound of the piano and began music lessons from the late Ruth Parker, but those lessons did not last long once Mrs. Parker told his mother, “There is no sense in you wasting money on lessons for him because everything l teach him, he jazzes up and does his own thing." Warren learned to play by ear and developed a pristine sound. He began to play the piano at their church, Bethesda Church of God in Christ and also gave his life to Christ during this time. Warren later became the organist at Greater Philadelphia Church of God in Christ under the leadership of his father, Elder Robert B. Johnson, and continued under the leadership of his brother, Superintendent Dexter Hurt, until he moved his membership to Lily Missionary Baptist Church and remained there until his recent retirement of 43 years.

He began playing in many different bands across the United States and Canada. Two bands in particular that he truly loved was MVP (Most Valuable Players) and The Lou Wilson & Today's People Band. Both bands were successful in releasing multiple records along with spending time in the famous Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan. Not only did Warren play in those bands but he also helped write multiple songs. He hosted many band rehearsals in the basement of his home to include frequent visits by "The Pips," of Glady's Knight and The Pips. Warren had a love and passion for music but even more for his church, his family (especially his grandkids), his westerns, and most of all his "lil woman." In 1970, during their junior year at Parkside High School, Warren met the love of his life, Zetta Mae Johnson (Buckner) whom he married on May 24th 1975. To this union two children were born, Shareena Mae Johnson and Warren Crawford Johnson Jr. Zetta was instantly Warren’s #1 fan and supporter of his career as a musician that spanned over decades, but he also worked as a life insurance salesman, at Modern Machine Tool, and with Jackson Public Schools (JPS) as a bus driver. He later retired from JPS as a Custodian and Maintenance Worker. Warren's laugh, jokes, and his remarkable style of "playing the keys" will truly be missed.

Warren’s family will receive friends and family on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Lily Missionary Baptist Church, 1117 WG Wade Drive, Jackson. There will be a funeral service on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00am with Sr. Pastor James Hines and Apostle John S. Walker officiating. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Please visit www.hamptonfuneralhomes.com to sign the guestbook and/or send a condolence to the family.

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To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Warren Johnson Sr. hosted by Hampton Funeral Homes.

Warren Crawford Johnson Sr. was born on August 8, 1953 to Robert B. Johnson and Geneva Hurt-Johnson (Pryor) at their home in Olmsted, Illinois. In the late 1950's the Johnson family moved to Jackson, Michigan, where Warren remained a resident until being called to his final resting place on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Warren is preceded in death by both his parents, Elder Robert B. Johnson and Missionary Geneva Johnson; sisters, Diana Sanders and Diane Hurt; brother, Emerick Johnson. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 49 years, Zetta Johnson; daughter, Shareena Johnson (Keigel Sr.); son, Warren C. Johnson Jr. (Mia); siblings: Phyllis Pearson, Dexter Hurt (Sharon), Stanley Johnson Sr., and Edwin "Craig" Johnson; grandkids, Jaylen McDonald; Kayla, Kyla, Keigel Jr, Keiyera, and Keishana Johnson; Shaneshia Johnson-Davidson (LaQuavius), and Dominique Horton; great grandkids, Koa Johnson, Nyla and Kylee Davidson, and Dion Hall.

Warren began to play around on the keys of his mother's piano at the age of three. He fell in love with the sound of the piano and began music lessons from the late Ruth Parker, but those lessons did not last long once Mrs. Parker told his mother, “There is no sense in you wasting money on lessons for him because everything l teach him, he jazzes up and does his own thing." Warren learned to play by ear and developed a pristine sound. He began to play the piano at their church, Bethesda Church of God in Christ and also gave his life to Christ during this time. Warren later became the organist at Greater Philadelphia Church of God in Christ under the leadership of his father, Elder Robert B. Johnson, and continued under the leadership of his brother, Superintendent Dexter Hurt, until he moved his membership to Lily Missionary Baptist Church and remained there until his recent retirement of 43 years.

He began playing in many different bands across the United States and Canada. Two bands in particular that he truly loved was MVP (Most Valuable Players) and The Lou Wilson & Today's People Band. Both bands were successful in releasing multiple records along with spending time in the famous Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan. Not only did Warren play in those bands but he also helped write multiple songs. He hosted many band rehearsals in the basement of his home to include frequent visits by "The Pips," of Glady's Knight and The Pips. Warren had a love and passion for music but even more for his church, his family (especially his grandkids), his westerns, and most of all his "lil woman." In 1970, during their junior year at Parkside High School, Warren met the love of his life, Zetta Mae Johnson (Buckner) whom he married on May 24th 1975. To this union two children were born, Shareena Mae Johnson and Warren Crawford Johnson Jr. Zetta was instantly Warren’s #1 fan and supporter of his career as a musician that spanned over decades, but he also worked as a life insurance salesman, at Modern Machine Tool, and with Jackson Public Schools (JPS) as a bus driver. He later retired from JPS as a Custodian and Maintenance Worker. Warren's laugh, jokes, and his remarkable style of "playing the keys" will truly be missed.

Warren’s family will receive friends and family on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Lily Missionary Baptist Church, 1117 WG Wade Drive, Jackson. There will be a funeral service on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00am with Sr. Pastor James Hines and Apostle John S. Walker officiating. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Please visit www.hamptonfuneralhomes.com to sign the guestbook and/or send a condolence to the family.

Hampton Funeral Homes – Jackson

517-315-4333


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Warren Johnson Sr. hosted by Hampton Funeral Homes.

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