Exil Johnson Jr.
Exil Johnson, Jr., was born on July 23, 1947 in Ecorse, Michigan, to the union of Exil Johnson, Sr., (preceded) and Vera Faye Johnson, (preceded). Exil was born second in this union, after his sister Vera Coleman (preceded) and before his youngest sister Mary Lois Johnson.
Exil loved the Lord and accepted Christ as his very own personal Savior, serving him faithfully, after being bap-tized at an early age. Exil first sat under the leadership of Reverend E.M. Brown of First Baptist Church in Ecorse, Michigan and continued his walk with Christ until he established his home in Texas, while sitting under the lead-ership of Senior Pastor Doctor Ivory L. Varner of the Bible Way Fellowship Baptist Church. Exil was not only an extraordinary member of Bible Way Fellowship Baptist Church for more than 25 years. He merrily served on the Guest Ministry Committee, encouraging many others to join him on his pilgrimage to serve the Lord. Exil took advantage of every opportunity to unite with others, brandishing a brotherly love that only he could bestow. Exil was a jewel amongst men, he helped create a worship experience at Bible Way Fellowship Church that was simply impossible to resist.
Exil attended Ecorse Public Schools and eventually graduated from Ecorse High School in 1966 before joining the United States Army. Exil served our great country for more than three years, where he was stationed in Arling-ton, Virginia. In March of 1968, Exil married his high school sweetheart, Sujuan Davis-Johnson. During this twelve-year partnership, two beautiful babies were created, Exil III (born on July 23rd, Exil's 21st Birthday) and his Baby Boy Darrell.
Exil was a hard working Father, Husband and provider. After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, he went on to start his career in the Aerospace industry at Goddard Space Flight Center, which was located in Maryland. Exil was eventually transferred to the Johnson's Space Center (National Aeronautics and Space Ad-ministration, which is better known as N.A.S.A.) in Houston, Texas where he worked for more than 35 years. Exil was a disciplined man, whose retributions did not go unnoticed. Exil was quickly invited to join a prestige group of supervisors, which characterized his final career title as a Facility Planning Analyst. While leading his team, Exil never spoke about having co-workers, each and every colleague was warmly referred to by him as members of his very own family. Exil loved richly and was richly loved by all who knew him.
On September 24. 2017, Our Heavenly Father gently tapped Exil and guided him on his journey home. Exil leaves many memories with both his sons, Exil (Tonya) Johnson, of Farmington Hills, Michigan and Darrell (Kym) John-son of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, sister, Mary Lois Bell of Houston, Texas, and his Aunt Doris Coleman of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Eight Grandchildren, Marcel, Darrell II, Dejah, KyMarrell, Exil IV (preceded), Darian, Darryl, and Devin, three Great-Grandchildren, Allure, Jade, and Darrell III, and a host of loved nieces and nephews. Exil also shared a full life of memories with his Best Friends Reginald McKinney and Otis Cunningham, a great friend and com-panion Elaine Branch, as well as an abundance of friends and loving relatives.