Noble Johnson also known as "Big Noble" or ''Noble J" to many, was born on September 26, 1937, in Gainesville, Florida. He transitioned to paradise on March 15, 2020. He was the son of the late, Henry and Garvinia Johnson.
As a young boy, Noble went to live with his grandfather in Tampa, Florida; after his mother went home to glory. Noble received his education from the Hillsborough County Public School System. In 1965, Noble came North with his best friend, Lonnie Campbell, making Baltimore, Maryland his new home. As a young man, Noble worked various jobs like Bethlehem Steel and at the Port as a Longshoreman. Eventually, Noble landed a job as a Computer Operator at W. R. Grace (Davidson Chemicals), where he completed 35 years of service. Noble concluded his career there and began his well-deserved retirement.
Noble was a very quiet man, who was friendly, well-liked, generous and meticulous. He was introduced to Christ at a young age, and as he matured, Noble continued to embrace and strengthen his personal relationship with Christ. Because Noble trusted and loved the Lord, he communicated to his daughter, Noelle, "I have lived enough meaningful years on Earth that I will be ready when God calls me home." If you knew anything about "Noble J", you knew he was very charming, he was a risk-taker, and a handsome man. Noble loved to eat a big country breakfast. He also enjoyed foods like oxtails and crabs with beer. You can say the country boy in him never left, he just learned to adapt to the ways of true Baltimorean's. People sometimes referred to him as a Geechie because of his thick Florida accent. As kids, we often found humor in the way Big Noble pronounced the word, "shrimp". He would say, "shwimp", and stutter when trying to reprimand us.
Noble J., was a true Man's Man. He was a dedicated Ravens Fan, who enjoyed socializing at the Sedan Club on Myrtle Avenue. While driving part-time, he met his devoted wife, Joyce S. Johnson in 1997. Noble laid on his charm when driving Joyce to her destination, and the rest became history. Noble and Joyce enjoyed traveling to places like the Bahamas, Delaware and Atlantic City. Noble loved the excitement of the casinos, where he could play cards, and the racetrack, where he could bet on the horses.
In his spare time, he would visit the Waxter Center for Computer Training Courses, and the Liberty Heights Community Center to play pool and checkers. He especially loved to listen to soul and rhythm & blues music. He was a well-rounded, lively man, who will be greatly missed. He leaves to cherish his precious memory a loving wife, Joyce S. Johnson; his affectionate children, Noelle G. Johnson; Precious R. Cherry; Shantel Evans; Stacey Bennett; and two (2) additional sons named Noble Johnson (who resides in Florida); grandchildren, Brooke J. Anderson, Jermaine Lee, and Jordan Smith; sister-in-law, Wanda Shipley; brother-in-law, Alfred Thomas Jr.; good friends, Lonnie Campbell and Willie Pierce; and a host of other special friends, family and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Little Noble G. Johnson and Roxo V. Luckett. Noble lived a-good life.
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