Wednesday, 03 November 2021 07:21

Oliver Jonhson Obituary (1948 - 2021) - Cresco, PA

Oliver B. Johnson Jr., 72, of Cresco, died Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at home. He was the loving husband of Marianna M. (Blunt) Johnson, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the son of Oliver B. Johnson Sr. of Jacksonville, Florida and the late Lillian (Haywood) James.

Completely self-taught, Oliver started drawing when he received encouragement and an art set from his beloved grandfather as young boy. His turning point came in 1977 when he joined Nichiren Buddhism and in the same year, he was featured in a Bedford-Stuyvesant art show in Brooklyn, whereupon his fame sky-rocketed. Now considered one of the greatest artists of our time, his works are included in major art collections in the United States and Europe.

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.


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