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Zeke Johnson
Mr. Zeke Johnson was born June 7, 1956, in Thomasville, Georgia, to the late Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Bessie (Kimmons)?Johnson. He was called home to rest on September 14, 2017. Zeke was educated in the Thomasville City School System and a graduate of the Thomasville High School Class of 1974. He was an active lifetime member of Clifford Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Zeke began his career working for Georgia Crate, Coats America, Archbold Memorial Hospital and Southwestern State Hospital before starting his 22-year career with the City of Thomasville Fire Department. His insight and desire for entrepreneurship led him to launch a very successful and notable janitorial company in 1979. Johnson Institutional Services. Inc., has been the leading janitorial company in southwest Georgia and north Florida providing employment and contract services for many in the Thomas County area. On September 3, 1978, Zeke married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ruth Meeks and to this union a son and daughter were born:?Rickey Lennard Johnson and Angela Christina Johnson. Mr. Johnson was an active and influential citizen of Thomasville, Georgia, and served in various capacities as a board member of Thomas University, Thomasville National Bank, Southern Regional Technical College, Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club and the City of Thomasville/Planning and Zoning Committee. He also served on the Executive Committee for the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce and was a graduate of the Leadership 2000 Class. He received numerous awards and accolades for his contribution to the community. He was very influential and a mentor to many business owners in our area. He leaves to celebrate his life and legacy, his lifetime partner of 45 years and loving wife of 39 years, Shirley R. Johnson; son, Rickey (Maria)?Johnson of Pavo,?Georgia; daughter, Angela C. Johnson of Thomasville, Georgia; two granddaughters, Tamia and Amaya Johnson of Pavo; three sisters, Lillie Mae (Oscar) Green of Thomasville, Eddie Mae (Tony)?Ford of Hinesville, Georgia, Rosetta (Damon) Graham of Coolidge; aunt, Pearlie Smith of Thomasville, Georgia; two brothers-in-law, Benjamin (Annette) Meeks, Lorenzo (Tilda) Meeks both of Thomasville; three nieces, Deborah Green of Claxton, Georgia, Lilia Graham of Coolidge, Georgia, Candace Meeks of Thomasville; seven nephews, Richard (Kris) Green of Houston,?Texas, Mark (Anna)?Ford and Kevin Ford both of South Carolina, LaNoris (Lena) Meeks of California, Nicholas Graham of Coolidge, Georgia, Benjamin (Patricia)?Meeks Jr. of Thomasville, Georgia; Ken (Nikki) Meeks of Pine Park,?Georgia; two adopted sons, Andy (Michelle) Rogers of Thomasville, Timothy Brinson of Hawaii; two adopted daughters, Sheila Robinson of Valdosta,?Georgia, Melitia (Trevarras)?Miller of Lafayette,?Louisian; and numerous great-nieces, nephews, cousins, employees and sorrowing friends. Two special friends will surely miss him, Nathaniel Abrams Jr. and Henry King. There will be a memorial celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Zeke Johnson on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Clifford Temple CME?Church, 510 Lester Street, Thomasville, Georgia from 6 to 7 p.m. A tribute to his life will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad St., Thomasville, Georgia. The Rev. Dr. Artis Johnson will officiate. Interment is at Peaceful Rest Cemetery, Thomasville, Georgia and repast will take place at Receptions for You, 1200 W. Jackson St., Thomasville, Georgia. In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests that a donation be made to Thomasville National Bank for The Zeke Johnson Endownment Scholarship Fund for high school senios pursuing a degree in business administration or business management. Visitation will be on Friday from noon until 5 p.m., at the funeral home. The remains will lie instate at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour with no viewing after the eulogy. Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home 5-9671
Published on September 21, 2017
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