In Loving Memory of Felton Joseph Johnson, Sr.
February 23, 1931 - October 6, 2018
Felton Joseph Johnson Sr. was born on February 23, 1931, to the union of the late Eugene Johnson and Fanny Neal in Darrow Louisiana. He was the 8th child of his parents 9 children. He graduated from Lowery Training School in Donaldsonville, Louisiana where he was recognized as the Outstanding Industrial Arts Student. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Technology from Southern University Baton Rouge and received the California Teacher Credential to grade 14 years.
Felton accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized about age 7 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Darrow, LA by the late Pastor Gomez. He was a member of the Junior Harmonizers at Ebenezer. Upon relocating to Los Angeles California, he placed his membership with Sunnyside Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. William Thurmond, later Dr. D. K. Redmond. He served on the Deacon Board, with the Property Committee, as a Moderator and Sunday School Teacher for the high school and college-age classes. After 29 years, Felton refocused his Christian walk for 17 years with 2nd Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. William Epps.
Felton served his country with the Air Force during the Korean War from June 1950 through June 1954. His duties were with the Military Police Academy, Model Police and a security detail as Special Guard for the Commander General. He was honorably discharged and earned the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. His civilian work experience was with the U. S. Corp Engineers in New Orleans, LA; China Lake N.O.T.S.; Carpenter's Union as a Teacher, Organizer, Business Agent and Planner; Construction Superintendent for Housing adjacent to the 105 Freeway; and Carpenters Education and Training Institute. He was also a Freemason.
Felton met his lifelong friend and future wife, Victoria Canty in elementary school. He was in one of her older sister's classes at Lowery School in Donaldsonville, LA. They later reconnected as adults through his nephew, Felton Selser. She baked him one of her delectable coconut cakes and a few love letters later, she flew to California where they married August 22, 1964. Born to this union were two children; Felton Jr., and Mia Audell.
Felton loved his family (immediate and extended). He was friendly, very giving, helpful to others and loved to talk. He enjoyed reading the newspaper, watching the news, baseball, basketball, and the cowboy channel. He was deeply loved by his family and will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Fanny Johnson, his brothers: Ernest, Johnny, Eugene Jr., Willie, and Robert Johnson; his sisters: Eola Wilhite and Adeen Selser; three brothers-in-law, seven sisters-in-law, three nephews, and three nieces.
Felton leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Victoria Canty of Donaldsonville, LA, two children: Felton Jr. (Denise), and Mia Audell, two grandsons: Kyron and Shakir; one brother, Nathaniel (Mary) of Minden, LA, two sisters-in-law: Dorothy of Yuma, AZ; and Rosemary of New Orleans, LA; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.