Charles Johnson Sr.
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Services will be Friday, Oct. 19, for Charles Johnson Sr., 92, a World War II veteran and longtime Tracy resident who helped found Tracy Interfaith Ministries.

Mr. Johnson died Friday, Oct. 12, at his home.

Born May 23, 1920, in Livingston, Ala., he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was later a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1537, American Legion Post 172 and St. John District National Brotherhood Association.

Mr. Johnson worked 25 years as a park supervisor for East Bay Regional Park District and also served as a Tracy parks commissioner.

A member of Good News Missionary Baptist Church of Tracy, he was part of the group of local churches that founded Tracy Interfaith Ministries in 1988.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Theodora Johnson of Tracy; eight children, Carmel James, and her husband, Bernard James Sr., of Oakland, Charles Johnson Jr. of Lathrop, Josette Dawson of Las Vegas, Gwendolyn Johnson of Tracy, Grace Johnson of Oakland, Donna Goltz, and her husband, Kenneth, of Oakland, Michael Johnson of Maryland and Ken Johnson of Oklahoma; a sister, Geneva Griffin of Oakland; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were two daughters, Judith McDonald and Karen Johnson; and seven siblings, Dosha Lambert, Lucille Salsbury, Matti Wharton, Annie Thomas, Joseph Johnson, Willie Johnson Jr. and Albert Johnson.

Friday’s service will begin at 10 a.m. at Good News Missionary Baptist Church, 77 W. First St. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. that same day in Golden Gate National Cemetery, 1300 Sneath Lane, in San Bruno.

Contributions in Mr. Johnson’s name may be sent to Tracy Interfaith Ministries, P.O. Box 404, Tracy, CA 95378.
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