The life of Reverend Roy Alfonzo Johnson Sr. (a.k.a. “Sonny”) began on January 29, 1935 and lasted until the angels came for him on January 2, 2021. He was born to the late Clarence and Dora Coltrane Johnson of Cedar Square, NC. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Liza Bristow Johnson and daughter, Evangelist Shirley A. Gregory; six sisters, Elizabeth Thigpen, Gertrude Finley, Bessie Johnson, Dorothy Bristow, Rachael Wallace, Daisy Johnson Nicholson; and four brothers, Nathaniel Johnson, Clyde Johnson, Roosevelt Johnson and Robert Johnson.
Reverend Roy A. Johnson Sr. attended the Randleman city schools and later moved to High Point, NC. While in High Point, he married his late wife, Liza Bristow Johnson of Hamlet, NC. His spiritual life started in his home church, Galilee Holiness Church under the guidance of Elder Rice. As he continued to work in the church, his knowledge, faith and understanding of the Word of Christ grew and it became apparent that he was called to ministry. In 1989, he received his certificate in Bible Seminary, from the Church of Christ School in High Point, NC. Together, Roy and Liza joined Friendship Baptist Church of High Point and became active members of the church, under Pastor James Glover. He was ordained a Deacon in 1990 by Reverend James Flake. Later that year, he became a licensed minister. He taught Men’s Bible Study, sung on the Male Chorus, and was the Assistant Teacher for the Men’s Sunday School.
After serving at Friendship Baptist Church, he returned to Galilee, his home church. While attending Galilee, he served as Associate Pastor, Sunday School Superintendent, sung on the Male Chorus, and assisted with the church Treasury. After the passing of his wife, he relocated to Vinton, Virginia, where he joined Jerusalem Baptist Church pastored by son-in law, Reverend Floyd W. Gregory Jr. and daughter, Evangelist Shirley A. Gregory, serving several years in ministry. He spent his latter years in Greensboro, NC, with his loving daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Dwayne Alford.
Those left to cherish his beloved memory include daughter, Rhonda J. (Dwayne) Alford of Greensboro, NC; son Roy (Teresa) Johnson Jr. of High Point, NC; three grandchildren, Tiffany (Mo) Wright of Columbus, OH; Floyd W. Gregory III of Virginia Beach, VA; Jessica Alford of Greensboro, NC; six great- grandchildren, India Artis, Lyric Gregory, Kenya and Milan Wright, and Lenox and Locke Gregory; Reverend Floyd W. Gregory Jr. (former husband of late Shirley A. Gregory); one sister, Geraldine (John) Smith of Cedar Square, NC; two brothers-in-law, Foster Wallace and Ernest Nicholson; three sisters -in -law, Edith Pearson of Bennettsville, SC; Louise Johnson of Randleman, NC; Sephronia Bristow of Swainsboro, Georgia and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
A Graveside service will take place at 1:00pm on Sunday, January 10th at the Galilee Church Cemetery, Cedar Square Community, 7230 Cedar Square Rd, Randleman, NC.
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