Adams announces the passing of Mr. Nathaniel M. Johnson "Nat", 85, who transitioned on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Candler Hospital.
Adams announces funeral services for Mr. Nathaniel "Nat" Johnson which will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at St. Philip Monumental AME Church located 1112 Jefferson St.
Visitation with the family will be held 6 PM - 7 PM, Friday, February 4, 2022 at the funeral home.
Nathaniel McKinley “Nat” Johnson
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
We celebrate the life and memory of Nathaniel McKinley “Nat” Johnson who exemplified the life of a GOOD MAN and earned his wings on Saturday morning, January 29, 2022. Nathaniel Johnson was a native of Savannah, Georgia, an only child, born to the late Willie Mae Johnson on April 22, 1936. He was blessed to have grown up in a loving and warm home with his grandmother Viola and his aunt Margaret.
His early commitment to Christ was publicly declared at the age of five years old when he joined St. Phillip Monumental AME Church where from a youth he dedicated his time, gifts and talents to serving God.
Nathaniel “Nat” Johnson was a product of Savannah-Chatham County public schools. He graduated in the 1955 class of Alfred Ely Beach High School. Because of his love for his class and school Nat remained a loyal and dedicated member of his 1955 class until his demise. Upon graduation Nathaniel entered the United States Army.
Upon Nathaniel’s honorable discharge from the Army he worked at Union Camp and later went to work for Savannah Sugary Finery and retired in 1979 after ten years of creditable service.
Because of his perseverance, love, fear of God, and compassion for his fellowman, Nat was truly blessed to receive the happiness that only having a personal relationship with the Lord brings.
Nathaniel loved his church. He was very dutiful, reliable and loyal to the ministry of the church. He was a former member of the following ministries: church choir, steward Board, a member of the Sons of Allen. Nathaniel’s love for Sunday school extended for over 75 years, and served as the Assistant Superintendent for many of those years. He remained a faithful, dedicated and, supported member until his death.
Nat had a gift of singing. His first remembrance of singing was in his grandmother’s home during a Wednesday night prayer meeting about the age of twelve. His most memorable singing engagement occurred when he was asked to sing with the Army Band at an Easter Sunrise Program on a hill overlooking Ft. Riley, Kansas. Nathaniel was blessed to have recorded his only CD on Friday, August 19, 2005, entitled, “Search Me Lord”
Nat developed a love for singing and once his singing career was launched he sang as often as possible. He was the only male tenor singer with William and William’s Funeral Home choir for many years.
Nathaniel was blessed with three children, two sons, Ronald and Glen Johnson who preceded him in death and one daughter Nathlie V. Johnson.
Today, he leaves to honor and cherish his memories, a loyal, faithful, dedicated and loving companion for more than 29 years, Patricia Brown Rutledge; a loving, caring and supportive daughter, Nathlie V. Johnson; one sister, Betty Nelson of Jacksonville, FL., five grandchildren, Angel Johnson, Joyce Johnson, Lynette Saulsberry of Swainsboro, GA, Gabriella Johnson of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Dr. Carlton Johnson of Atlanta, GA.; A very special niece and nephew, Sheryl (Eddie) McCarthy, and Judge John (Debbie) Morse; Also cherishing his memory are four godchildren, Joseph Brack, Jr., Carla Lampkin-Crawford, Karen Jones Jemison of Freedman Grove, GA., and Dr. J’Aime C. Jennings of Louisville, KY.; four longtime friends, David Gamble, Rev. Thomas Pryor, James Brinkley and Louis Watson both of Newark, NJ. great grand boys, Alston, Ayden and Aydren. He will also be missed by a host of cousins and a community of friends.
The family rejoices in knowing that earth’s loss is heaven’s gain and that we who believe that Jesus is Lord will be reunited with him once again in eternity forevermore.
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