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Anthony Dwayne Johnson was born April 16, 1967, at Homer G. Philips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri to parents, Alvin McDonald and Brenetta Johnson. He was the second of three children.
Anthony accepted Christ at an early age. Through the years he attended Calvary Church in Naperville and Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Smokie Norful.
Tony, as he was affectionately known as, was a class of '85 graduate of Southwest High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He enjoyed participating in the high school marching band where he served as Drum Major. Tony also pursued higher education and obtained his bachelor’s degree in HR Management from DePaul University.
In 1990, Tony met the love of his life, Juanita. They were joined in holy matrimony on January 23, 1994, and remained together for 26 years. Their union was blessed with six children: Antonio and Robert, in addition to Anthony, Jeremiah, Ashley, and Jaylen (from Tony's previous relationships).
Tony loved to travel and listen to music. His passion for cooking and baking was displayed in the many family meals he often prepared and shared with others. He was a provider for his family, and never once complained about working hard to ensure all their needs were met. He considered himself a nice dresser and did not spare any expense on a great bottle of cologne a man could buy. With a great sense of humor, he was known to crack jokes with friends and family, and always came up with a new quote you couldn’t forget. He was mentor to many. He loved and cherished his kids dearly and would often playfight and wrestle with his boys. However, his true joy came from spending time with his grandchildren.
Tony also served as a mentor to area youths through the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. His spirit of giving was also shown through various donations to charitable organizations.
Tony was employed with Geodis Logistics as a Regional HR Manager.
Tony's health started to decline in October 2019, but he continued to live life to the fullest by spending time with his family making memories to cherish for years to come. He transitioned from this earthly life on Sunday, April 30, 2023 with his family and close friends by his side.
Preceding Tony in death is his mother, Brenetta Johnson; his son, Antonio DeVon Johnson and his grandmother, Marian Clark.
He leaves to celebrate his life: his daughter, Ashley Johnson of Joliet, Illinois; four sons, Anthony (Aleiya) Johnson, Jr. of Westmont, Illinois, Jeremiah Johnson of Schaumburg, Illinois, Jaylen Kimple of Houston, Texas, and Robert Levell Johnson of Illinois. special acknowledgement to his former wife and friend, Juanita Johnson who remained a part of his life until his transition; one granddaughter, Amariya; three grandsons, Christian, Austin, and Legend; one sister, Karen (Rodney) Clayton; one brother, William (Geneva) Johnson; two aunts, Sandra Cherry of St. Louis, Missouri and Brenda (Reno) Reed of St. Louis, Missouri; one uncle, Jerome (Deborah) Clark of St. Louis, Missouri; three cousins, Tawanda, Ebbie and Shelly; his honorary brothers, Fred Hayes, Greg Thomas, Poet Fields, Kevin McKeon, Bobby Everhart, and Jack Ball; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends who will always remember him lovingly.