Damon Darnell Johnson was born on November 14, 1976, to Phyllis Johnson and James Sistrunk in Akron, Ohio.
He attended Margaret Park Elementary School and Innes Middle School where he was on the track team. Damon played pee-wee football for South Rangers where he gained the name “D-Smiley” because of his infectious smile. At any given time, you could find Damon mimicking Michael Jackson wearing his floods, scrunched-down white socks, the infamous glove, red jacket, and singing Billie Jean. As a young boy, Damon was allergic to “everything”. If it was not for baked chicken, hot dogs, and potatoes he would have starved. Damon grew out of his allergies and became the family “Grill Master”.
Damon graduated from Kenmore High School where he was part of the basketball team. After graduation Damon enlisted and served in the United States Navy. He was always willing to extend himself to anyone who needed him and always strived to make things better.
Damon was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bulls, favoring Michael Jordon and Kobe Bryant as well.
Damon was a professional painter that was admired and requested by many. His painting was as crisp and detailed as his outfits.
Damon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lonell and Juliette Johnson, and his paternal grandmother, Helen Sistrunk.
To cherish his memory he leaves behind his beautiful and loving wife of ten years, Temika, his handsome and loving sons Deire (Danielle) Lisman, Damien Johnson, Damon D. Johnson II; his beautiful and loving daughters Ma"Kayla (Andre) Johnson, Dezjah Smith, and Amarionna Pruitt, his granddaughter Zyanna Smith-Bethea, and his loving and caring parents Phyllis Johnson and James Sistrunk.
Forever cherished and remembered by his brothers; Darwin (Kim) Johnson, Derrick Glenn, and Durrell Johnson; sisters, Gwen Johnson, and Lynn Lewis. He will be missed by his mother-in-law Catherine Moncrief, and father-in-law Dana Lee Moncrief (deceased), brother-in-law Dana Pendleton, sisters-in-law Fatima Pendleton, and Tunisia Pendleton; special uncles Monte Johnson, and Kenneth Johnson, his Cleveland mom Portia Maxwell, his “bro” Vincent (Brandy) Maxwell, Godson Veonte Maxwell, and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends who were like family to him.
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