Deacon Carlton Johns, Sr (Geetch) was born January 18, 1927 in O'Lodge, Louisiana (backside of Breaux-Bridge). Born to Mr. Zeno Johns and Miss Mary Abraham.
In 1956 he united in Holy Matrimony with Miss Corene White. Born from this union were 9 children, also joining this family a daughter Janice Ware.
At an early age he was baptized in the St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Later in life he united with Springhill Missionary Baptist Church. Under the pastorship of Pastor John D. Nelson, he was ordained a deacon. He transitioned to First Missionary Baptist Church where he continued his deaconship until called to his glory.
His employment history spans several states. After leaving Louisiana, he worked in Texas and California in the sawmill industry. (He had a desire to serve in the military, but was denied due to his bow-legs). He relocated to Flagstaff to assist his mother and father-in-law with their business. During this time, he also returned to the sawmill industry for several years. After the sickness of his father-in-law (Mr. Lloyd) he became a full-time partner with Mrs. Sallie Chatman as owners of El Rancho Grand night club. He worked at NAU as a construction worker building the NAU Lumberjack Dome where he was injured. After years of recuperation he returned to the workforce with Coconino County where he held various positions.
Deacon Carlton Johns Sr. was an avid fan of the Diamondbacks, Suns, and Cardinals
Deacon Johns, Sr is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Corene, a daughter Donna Gaye, a brother Raymond and his aunt Cecile Batitse. He leaves these deposits from his life, his children: Janice of Las Vegas, Dottie of Tolleson, Cecile of Flagstaff, Carlton, Jr (Debbie) of Flagstaff, Danny of Flagstaff, Debbie of Phoenix, Carmen of Flagstaff, Crystal (Greg) of Las Vegas, and Demetrius of Flagstaff; first cousins: Thelma Plum, Shirley, Lull, Joyce and Gerald; thirty-one grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; five great great great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
Deacon Carlton Johns, Sr. always expressed a strong belief in God and a strong work ethic with his children and a sense of self-pride.
Visitation will be Thurs day, February 20thfrom 6-8 pm at Norvel Owens Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be Friday, February 21st at 10 am at Flagstaff First Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Citizens' Cemetery.
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