Oliver stated his experiences in life empowered him to manifest his own mission. "I've struggled in my life, but now I am able to turn any obstacle into a benefit. I am constantly chanting. Thanks to my wife Midori we have raised three beautiful children and seven grandchildren in this Buddhist practice. No matter how successful I've been as an artist, the life condition I've developed is my biggest benefit- to perceive my daily existence, no matter how challenging, without fear."
He will be missed by so many. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Oliver Benjamin Johnson III of Pittsburgh; daughters: Gen Noelle Bowman of Raleigh, North Carolina; Hiroko Sandra Folio and her fiance, Bradley Barnes of Cresco; grandchildren: Landon Taylor and Lloyd Alonzo Bowman, Ayden Tokio, Alana Maria, and Keanu Andrew Folio, Willow Kiera- Mae and Desmond Kenzo Barnes. In addition to his mother, Oliver was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Haywood.
Private cremation has been entrusted to Bolock Funeral Home Crematory.
Published by Legacy on Nov. 1, 2021.