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Ronald Clark Johnson
October 21, 1953 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Ronald Clark Johnson age 70 of Raleigh, North Carolina peacefully transitioned on October 22, 2023. He touched the lives of many people throughout his journey.
Born in Chester, PA on October 21, 1953 to the late Lydia A. and Raymond H. Johnson. He was oldest of three children.
Spouse: Brenda Thompson (m.1984; div.1990)
A graduate of Wilmington High School in Wilmington, Delaware where in his senior year they won a State Championship in men’s basketball in 1972.
Ron loved the game of basketball, he played summer league in Philadelphia in the renown Charles Baker-Sonny Hill league. Where he played for the well-known and charismatic Sonny Hill. This league was host to many prominent high school and professional basketball players including the likes of Dr.J (Julius Erving), Earl “the Pearl” Monroe, Joe Bryant, Gene Banks to name a few. Ron was respected and well known among his peers.
After High School Ron became an “AGGIE” enrolling in the famous North Carolina A&T State University. His quickness and agility earned him the nickname of “Superman” a tribute to his above the rim play.
Success at A&T included a Hall of Fame nomination, an All-Conference player selection and 3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)Championships culminating with a trip to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, his senior year in 1976.
Along the way he acquired many teammates and lifelong friends including James “Bird” Sparrow, Kevin Cooper, Bobby Goodwin, Bob McAdoo, to name a few this is not an all-inclusive list of some of his close friends who knew him well and were very supportive of him throughout his life into his final days.
His later life was devoted to the church where singing was also his passion. He was currently a member of Trinity AME Zion Church in Southern Pines, NC. He was a member of the Men’s choir and directed the children’s choir. He was cherished, supported and loved by his Trinity Church family, and he continued singing until he could no longer carry the banner of life.
He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters Cecile Crawford of Greensboro, NC and Shenika Johnson of Raleigh, NC, three grandchildren; Tyson and Trinity Thompson, and Dissiah McDowell. Two brothers Anthony and Orlando and extended brothers Allen Johnson, Herman Harris. Niece and nephew Tyler C. and Eric M.B. Johnson, and grandniece and nephew Mckinsey and Caden Johnson. Cousin Viola Brower and cousin Terrell K. Johnson.