Landscapes 13

Deacon James Richard Johnson

January 17, 1948 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 73)



Under all circumstances, face masks or face coverings are required and mandatory to enter King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.  Your temperature will be taken upon entering King-Tears Mortuary.  
The number of people allowed in King-Tears Mortuary will depend on the CDC guidelines at the time of the service. Please read information posted here:


James Richard Johnson was born to Sandy and Sedelia Johnson on January 17,1948, in Austin, Texas. James Richard or Uncle James was known to be a loving, hugging and affectionate man who loved God, family, people, and enjoyed helping others.

James Richard attended the original L.L. Campbell Elementary School, Kealing Jr. High School, and was a proud  1967 Yellow Jacket  graduate of the Old L.C Anderson High School. He also attended  Austin Community College, where he completed course work for his position with the State of Texas.

James became a member of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at an early age under the late Rev. J. L Dawson, and later became a deacon under the late Rev. J. E.Obey Sr.  As a member, he served in numerous ministries that included the Transportation Ministry, the Usher Board, the Recreation Ministry, Finance and Benevolence Ministries, and the Deacons Ministry. In the neighborhood, James was involved with the Chestnut Neighborhood  Revitalization Association, where he supported and helped those living in the neighborhood and its continued development. 

James Richard was a man who loved, honored, and cherished his family. He was known to do whatever he needed to do to make sure that his family was cared for and to confirm his love for them in words and deeds. To his wife Jewel of 53 years, he was “Baby”. To his daughters he was“Daddy”, and to his grandchildren and great-grandbaby he was “PawPaw and Papi”, but to him, we were all “his babies”.

James Richard is preceded in death by his mother Sadelia Johnson and his brother Arthur Willard (Daisy). On this day he leaves to cherish his loving wife Jewel Loretta, his daughters Deseria and LaShanda Kaye, his grandchildren LaMisha (Michael), Loyd, La Mon, and his great-grandbaby Skylar. He also leaves to cherish his father, Sandy Johnson, his brother Rev. Laroy (Lois), his sister Dorthy, and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. 


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Deacon James Richard, please visit our floral store.


November 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Alice Taylor King Chapel of King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 East 12th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Celebration of Life
November 20, 2021

10:30 AM
David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
2211 East MLK Blvd.
Austin,, TX 78702

© 2021 King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy