Thaddeus Johnson Sr.


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Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 6:53 pm
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Thaddeus M. Johnson Sr., 84, of Rock Island, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
Services for Mr. Johnson will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels.
Thaddeus was born on July 22, 1928, in Natchitoches, La., a son of Will Arthur Johnson and Alease Williams. He married Dorothy Riddle on Oct. 3, 1950, in Georgia. She preceded him in death in 1999.
Thaddeus worked as a supervisor at the John Deere Plow and Planter Works, Moline before his retirement. He enjoyed bingo, fishing and playing cards.
Survivors include his children, Tamara Purcell, Greensboro, N.C., Felita Johnson-Joy, Greensboro, Florinda Johnson, San Diego, Calif., Van (Joanie) Johnson, Rock Island, Cassandra (Walter) Dixon, Rock Island, Darrell (Tiffany) Johnson Sr., San Diego, Stephanie (Eric) Richardson, Brentwood, Tenn., and Terry Johnson (Elvira Flores), San Diego; daughter-in-law, Melissa Johnson, San Diego; companion, Francine Hall, Rock Island; grandchildren, Marcus, Nicole, Desirae, Thaddeus III, Zachary, Darrell Jr., Kenney, Erika and Elliott; a special brother and sister, Ted Merrell and Elaine Bailey, both of Houston, Texas; also a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thaddeus was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; son, Thaddeus Johnson Jr.; and an infant daughter, Monica Johnson.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com.












 



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