Ransom Donald Johnson
December 6, 1954 – November 13, 2021
CELEBRATION OF LIFE:
Saturday, November 27, 2021-10:00 A.M.
First Baptist Church Piney Grove
4699 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313
Friday. November 26, 2021
5:00 P. M. – 8:00 P. M.
Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home
1305 N. W. 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
FINAL RESTING PLACE:
Sunset Memorial Gardens
3201 N. W. 19th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Born the sixth of six children, Ransom Donald Johnson, affectionately known as “Ramp,” was born December 6, 1954, to the late Reverends Lester A. Sr. (Eleuthera, Bahamas) and Alberta Johnson (Lake City, SC) in Pahokee, Florida.
He was educated in the Broward Public School System and graduated from the last all-Black class of Dillard High School, in 1972. It was there where he met his soulmate and soon after united in holy matrimony to Rita Gadson on December 7, 1974.
Ramp accepted Christ at an early age at 5th Avenue Church of God under Bishop James B. Ferguson and on Christmas Day in 1994, alongside his youngest son, Ransom “Denard” rededicated his life. He was baptized at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church under the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter. There, Ramp remained involved in the Men’s Chorus and Sunday School.
Ramp began his professional career at Florida Power and Light (FPL) where he retired early after 20 years in 1996. He embarked on his entrepreneurial ambitions and formed “Perfect Paint and Pressure Cleaning” with another colleague from FPL. He briefly worked as the Head Security Specialist at Silver Trail Middle School in Pembroke Pines, FL while working part time for Home Depot.
After becoming empty nesters, he and Rita headed north to Port Saint Lucie, FL to enjoy a slower pace of living. He went on to finish his career at Home Depot, where he had plans to retire in April 2022.
Ramp “knew everybody in Ft. Lauderdale.” He had many friends and to him, no one was a stranger. He was known as the family confidant, extending himself to offer advice and comfort to those who loved him. He valued loving and providing for his family and served as a father figure to his nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren. He loved and protected them until The Lord called him home Saturday morning, November 13, 2021.
Ransom Donald Johnson leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife, Rita Johnson. He joins his parents, Lester and Alberta Johnson; brothers, Willard Brown, Calvin Brown, Elizabeth Johnson Lawson, Webster Johnson, and Lester Johnson, Jr. His legacy lives on through his children; Antuane Johnson, Shameika Johnson, DeAndra Biggs (Philip), Ransom Denard Johnson II (Brithney), and Desdan Sirota, grandchildren; Kevin Smart (San Bernadino, CA), Nyla Biggs, Ransom Dominic Johnson III, Jayden Biggs, Michael (Alex) Johnson, Jacoby Biggs and newest great-granddaughter, Malia Smart, and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and countless friends.