Oliver Johnson “Ojay” entered eternal sleep on Saturday, March 27, 2021 which is the Lord’s Sabbath Day of rest. His final days were spent surrounded by the family and friends he loved so much. Oliver’s life may have been cut short, but he touched the hearts of many while he was with us.
Oliver was born to the late Edward Dillard Pierce and Evelyn Lee Johnson in Richmond, VA on January 24, 1955.
Oliver was a strong man of God with enormous faith and he spent countless years cooking for the homeless and was heavily involved in helping his community. He was a very humble, caring, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend. He was better known to his family and friends as “Ojay” or Juice and never met a stranger.
Ojay leaves behind his cherished wife of 25 years, Joanne; his sons, Jason Johnson (Michelle), Elijah Johnson, and Lorenzo Griffis (Pauline); his daughters, Crystal Holmes (Richard), Angela Greene (Clarence); his grandchildren, Emmanuel Russell, Richelle Holmes, Ezekiel Holmes, Destiny Brent, Angelina Williams, Amber Sheets, Terrell, Stephen, Quany, Kurron Tre, Tenika and Ranisha; and his brothers, Barry Pierce, Tony Johnson and Qaadir Hasan (Pat); his sister-in-law, Brenda Nash; and a host of great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins; loyal long-lasting friends, Kenny Crawford, Greg Woodard, Rita Russell, and Vivian Holman; and he is preceded in death by his brother, Reno Jerome Pierce.
When Oliver’s health deteriorated and it became clear that treatment would not prevent his death, he thanked his medical team and moved on to Hospice care that would enable him to spend his remaining time with his loved ones around him, serenely ended his life. In those final moments, he was comforted in being at peace with God and knowing that his spouse and his family would have only wonderful memories of him fully engaged in life and being his true self. He will be truly missed by many.
Oliver’s favorite book of the Bible was Proverbs because of its timeless wisdom that helps us avoid trouble, observe the Golden Rule, and honor God with our life. His favorite scripture was Proverbs 3: 13- 14, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” Ojay realized that it was far more important to have the ability to think like God wanted him to and to make good decisions, to know how to build good relationships, to understand God’s way and His plan—is of incomparably greater value than anything else we could want.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294.