Gary Delano “Butch” Johnson’s
GARY DELANO JOHNSON was born on May 12, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the third child born to the late Beatrice & Wade Randolph Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Jun and Hamp; sister, Sis; and nephews, Johnny Dollar & Cory. He was the youngest of the “Brothers Johnson Clan”, which included his late double-first cousins Donald & Bey.
HE transitioned this life on Monday October 5, 2020.
“BUTCH” as he was nicked named as a young boy, was baptized and attended the family church, White Rock Baptist at 53rd & Chestnut Street, in his youth.
HE attended Charles Drew and Henry C. Lea elementary and middle schools. He graduated with honors and went on to Sayre Junior High School, where he maintain a straight A average and was elected President of the School. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1963.
BUTCH worked in administrative capacities in several manufacturing companies where he excelled in office technology and computers.
HE enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Turkey, where he worked as an administrator, for most of his tour, before returning to the states to assume a comparable position; then being Honorably Discharged from the service.
BUTCH attended Cheyney University and in later years was recognized for achieving the highest GPA in his IT Certification program, and a guaranteed position in his field. He relocated to Chicago for a brief time for his job. He retired from his position as Intake Administrator, at Parkside and Waverly Residential Centers, Inc., in Philadelphia.
HE was a master pool player and never walked away from a game of Pinochle, without “rubbing heads.” He played and was “brutal” at many card games which required intuition, mental sharpness, concentration and the ability to foresee his opponents’ next move.. In his younger days, he knew all of the latest dance steps and did a mean “crossfire.” Butch could figure out and had a knack for completing puzzles in the daily newspapers. He had a great sense of humor and timing, and could make anybody laugh. He kept his mother laughing all the time by imitating “Crazy Guggenheim”… a character on the Jackie Gleason Show…Then again, times when he had an opinion, he could be really headstrong. Butch was extremely close to his sister, Sis, from childhood. And they always supported one another throughout their lives, until her death.
He spent a lot of great times with his cousins Donald, Bey and Angie; and his Uncle Eldridge & Aunt Gert, in the home on 51st Street. Butch was known for his sun “shades” and “sky”… his hat. Beginning in high school, Butch always wore a hat, dressed up or casual…and his preference was a wide brim Borsalino.
BUTCH married Velma Smith when he was a young man. He later met Maryann Ashford and from their commitment they had three children: twin sons, Aron Randolph and Evon Denmark and a daughter Ebonee Alese. He took his sons everywhere with him when they were little and doted over Ebonee, once she was born. Aron and Evon always had their Dad’s back and he always relied on Ebonee, to help him with his business matters. He was proud to let you know about his sons’ experiences with their jobs, sports interests and travel; and that they were smart, talented young men. He also made sure you knew that his daughter was pursing higher education and her career interests and had graduated from Temple University and traveled overseas.
HE enjoyed spending time with and babysitting for his grandsons and cheering “little” Aron on at his football games and later Evon, Jr. and Nasir. He also loved spending time with his granddaughter Eveana, before her passing.
BUTCH had many neighborhood friends who remained lifelong “brothers”…like Ronnie Edwards and Hameed (Bruce Goodman). And they would attest to the fact that he knew how to hold his own, and no one could sell him any “wolf tickets.”
BUTCH will be missed: He leaves to remember his Life: his sons: Aron, daughter-in-law: Myra and Evon, daughter: Ebonee, grandsons: Aron, Evon, Jr. & Nasir; sister: Trish Evans, brother-in-law: Bill Evans, double-first cousin: Angela Jones, two sisters-in-law: Laverne Johnson & Lydia Johnson, nieces: Shawn Johnson, Dominique Evans, Monique Evans Wescott (Rodney), Lisa Johnson Pridgen Carpenter, Donna Johnson & Elizabeth Weaver, nephews: Shannon Phillips (Sharon), Tyler Garvin, Omar Jones, Damon Jones and Henri Johnson and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
To Emphasize a Point…Butch would end his statement by saying: “Square Business.”
So we say to you Butch… SQUARE BUSINESS…
“A Limb Has Fallen from the Family Tree;
That says Grieve Not for Me.
Remember the BEST TIMES,
The Laughter, the Song,
The Good Life I Lived;
While I was Strong”…
“After the Storm, Comes the Rainbow” Rest In Peace BUTCH…
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