James Terrel Johnson, 58, passionate about culinary arts

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James Terrel “Terry” Johnson, was born in Anderson, S.C. on Nov. 3, 1957 to James Johnson, who preceded him in death in 1969, and Margie (Johnson) Simmons of Virginia Beach, Va.

Terry lived with his mother in Sumter, S.C. until the family moved to Newark, N.J., shortly after the death of his father James Johnson. Newark is where Terry continued his education, and where he later graduated from West Side High School in 1977.

He studied culinary arts and earned his license as a truck driver.

Terry enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1978 and served for eight years. During this time of service to his country, he was able to do what he enjoyed, which was traveling. He had a passion for culinary arts and became an executive chef for twenty years at various hotels and restaurant chains. He worked eight years at M&G Electronic, located in Virginia, until the time of his demise.

Terry’s personality radiated wherever he traveled; he was very outspoken and straightforward. He was also family-oriented and showed his love by being protective of his loved ones.

He leaves to mourn his mother, Margie, and stepfather, Joe (Edward) Simmons of Virginia; two daughters, Tanisha Johnson and Tatyana Echols of Arizona; three sisters, Cheryl Lewis of New Jersey, Tonyia Finnie (Duane), and Latasha Johnson of Virginia; two brothers, Robert Lewis (Sandra) and Kevin Johnson of Virginia; three grandchildren; three nieces, Shendonah Lewis of New Jersey, Dominique Lewis and Denisha Farrell of Virginia; and a host of nephews and great- nieces.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Twanna Johnson; grandparents, Solomon and Lucille Lewis; aunt, Georgia Mae Lewis; uncles, Solomon and Elijah Lewis.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday.