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James. L. Johnson

Posted on Jan. 5, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

July 18, 1941 - Jan. 1, 2013

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — James L. “Jim” Johnson, 71, of Cassopolis, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac.

He was born July 18, 1941, in Briceville, Tenn., to Ulyess and Annie (Jefferies) Johnson. On Nov. 2, 1962, he married Geneva (Miracle) Johnson.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Michael Johnson and William (Tammy) Johnson, both of Cassopolis; three daughters, Anna (George) Tores, Gloria (Pat) O’Connor and Sheila Bradshaw, all of Elkhart; brother Chester (Patsy) Johnson of Elkhart; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob Johnson.

Jim was employed as a test driver for more than 15 years at Four Winds International prior to his retirement in 2000.

He often enjoyed fishing, playing billiards, watching Western movies, reading his Bible and, most of all, spending time with his family.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the 7 p.m. funeral service Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Pastor Gary Sheets will officiate. Cremation will take place at Altera Cremation Services.