Mr. Phillip Morris Johnson, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the age of 78. A lifelong resident of Southside Chesconnessex, VA, Phillip was born on August 21, 1940 to the late Maxwell R. Johnson and Emma Jane Gibbons Johnson.
Raised in a Christian home, Phillip attended Riverview United Methodist Church with his family and remained a faithful member throughout his life. Phillip married his soulmate, Sonja D. “Sonny” Johnson, on January 6, 1958, and over the last 61 years they have exemplified the true meaning of unconditional devotion and commitment to one another and to their family. Together, they spent decades as members of the Northampton-Accomack Antique Car Club, shared priceless memories in their 1967 Chrysler New Yorker, and enjoyed trips to Lancaster, PA, and many other adventures. As a well-respected plumber and HVAC technician, Phillip was a master of his trade, having worked for Herbert Senn Co. for many years. Following retirement, he focused on spending time with his family, as nothing was more important to Phillip and Sonny than being surrounded by their daughters, granddaughter, and grandsons. Phillip loved with every fiber of his being and those who had the pleasure to know him never doubted his love, as they could feel it in his smile, his warm hugs, and in their hearts. Though his sweet smile and warm hugs will be greatly missed, his love will live on in the many hearts he touched.
In addition to his wife, Sonny, he is survived by his daughters, Valerie Crockett and husband Mark of Melfa, VA, and Nicole Kennedy and husband Michael of Accomac, VA; brother, James R. “Jimmy” Johnson of Parksley, VA; sisters, Ellen Turner and husband Allen of Melfa, and Sylvia Sherwood and husband Bobby of Parksley; grandchildren, Amber Crockett, J.P. Powell, and Andrew Kennedy; and several nieces and nephews, all of whom he very much adored. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five siblings, Biddy, David, and Tommy Johnson, Margaret Annis, and Nancy Fisher.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend Roland Major officiating. There will be a visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riverview United Methodist Church, 31670 OK Farms Lane, Painter, VA 23420.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.