Mr. Bradford Mitchell Johnson

  • BORN: February 22, 1950
  • DIED: August 4, 2017
  • LOCATION: Woodbridge, Virginia

Bradford Mitchell Johnson was born on February 22, 1950 in Binghamton, New York to Otto and Edna Johnson. He departed this life on August 4, 2017, after a two and a half year battle with colon cancer. He attended Binghamton Public Schools, graduating from Binghamton North High School in 1968. He continued his education at Howard University, where he majored in Fine Arts.

Brad began his career working in telecom with New York Telephone Company in Binghamton, NY. He then moved to Centreville, VA, where he continued his career in telecom working for various telecom companies in Northern Virginia. Brad loved telecommunications and excelled in his technical abilities.

Upon his retirement, Brad founded and started "Brad's Cab", he was Uber before Uber was thought of. Brad loved people and more importantly friendships. He gained great friendships from individuals who were clients and soon became his surrogate sons.

Upon our son's death, Brad founded and began "The Hollis Bradford Johnson Scholarship Foundation," a program to assist the youth in their future goals and endeavors for continued education in academia.

Brad was truly a renaissance man. He was an artist, a lover of sports, music, the arts, history, horticulture, and politics. He was an avid reader and enjoyed old movies, especially "Shane and King Kong", which was one of his favorites and he had many. He also enjoyed watching the Looney Tunes, "that's all folks" Brad had a great love and passion for all of these interests and he passed that love down to his children and grandchildren. Another passion he loved and exceled in was cooking. He loved to cook with and for his family. His wife, Pauline, called him "Chef Extraordinaire" for family and friends and especially for her as he was her private chef. If you ever visited their home you could be assured of having a fine meal and immediately feeling like family. He welcomed one and all. It didn't matter what time you came, he would find tasty ingredients and make you a meal in minutes. Brad had the gift of hospitality and showed himself friendly to everyone he met. He loved family and friends and they loved him back. His comedic nature was infectious; he could find laughter in the best and worst of situations.

Brad was a sports enthusiast. He coached, mentored and loved basketball. He was an avid AAU coach throughout his deceased son Hollis's career; coaching him and his friends through AAU tournaments. He loved playing and nurturing good talent. Brad knew the game and had no problem sharing and telling stories of how a team had to first be able to listen in order to get the job done. When it came to sports he had a competitive nature and would play hard to win and expected you to do the same. As a result of his competitive spirit and coaching, his teams won many tournaments.

Brad is preceded in death by his father, the late Otto Sylvester Johnson Sr. and his son, Hollis Bradford Johnson. He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Pauline Johnson, of 47 years, his mother, Edna Cunningham, of Binghamton, NY, his daughter, Mashiya Kareem Young of Woodbridge, VA, and his son, Phillip Lee, of Leesburg, GA. Brad will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Peighton and Silas Young, of Woodbridge VA, Jordan, Jared, Steffi, Alex and Taryn Lee of Leesburg, GA., his brothers, Otto Johnson Jr. (Melody) and Chris Johnson of Binghamton, NY, Mark Johnson (Jackie) of Manassas, VA, Judson Johnson (Shawndre) of Glenn Dale, MD, his sister-in-law's, Gail Johnson, of New York City, Debra Shannon (Glen) of Phoenix, AZ, Ebony Jefferson, of New York City, Patricia Brown-Hoagland, of Philadelphia, PA Lavinia Jefferson-Macfaline (Jesus), of New York City, Phyllis Brown-Edwards (Michael), of New Jersey, brother-in-law's Robert Jefferson of Binghamton, NY, Jeff Cheeks, Keith Ward, Scott Jefferson all of New York City, Aunts, Ada Jamison and Carrie Anderson of New York City, uncles, Willie Blunt of New York City and Rev Sam Hickerson (Sylvia) of Winston-Salem, NC, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Brad will also be forever remembered by his many surrogate sons, Torrey Farrington, Glen Hodge, Adrian "Juice" Stewart, Aaron Burrell, Justin Burrell, Brion Dunlop, Hirk Williams, Tim Fuller, Walid Karim, DaShawn Johnson, Cee Russell, Nut and George McGee and his very special friends, Clarence "Bucky"
Mc Gill, Alex "Pat" Gilliam, Gregory "Spider" Pollard, Dave Robbins and Claude "Tony" Burrell.


Visitation
  • Saturday, August 12
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • First A.M.E. Church
  • 10313 Grant Ave
  • Manassas, VA 20110
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Funeral Service
  • Saturday, August 12
    12:00 PM
  • First A.M.E. Church
  • 10313 Grant Ave
  • Manassas, VA 20110
  • Get Directions
Interment

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