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Celebration of Life Services for Coach Ellis Lamar Johnson will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:00 P.M. at Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc., 1876 Second Avenue, Decatur with Reverend Dr. Lacey Alford, Assistant Pastor, Wheat Street Baptist Church, Officiating. Interment, Westview Cemetery, Atlanta. The family will receive friends Friday, March 10, 2017, from 6-8 P.M. at Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc. Coach Johnson is survived by a loving and devoted son, Juan Antonio Johnson, of Newark, Delaware; a devoted sister, Mary Frederica Johnson of Stone Mountain, GA; two grandchildren, Ariana White and Solomon White; sisters, Gwendolyn Bridges (Elijah), Valerie Woods (Melvin), Cynthia Johnson; brother, Robert Johnson (Jean); sister-in-law, Ethel Van Buren; brother-in-law, Edmond Madison, Jr. (Brenda), of Birmingham, AL; uncle, Eddie P. Adams; nieces and nephews, Tasha, Shundra, Eric, Elijah, Justin and Shantisha; special friends, Dock Lamar, Ruth Peterson, and Ronald and Tacoma Robinson; other friends and cousins. The family and friends will assemble at Mary's home, 1040 Brandon Lane, Stone Mountain, GA at 12:00 P.M. Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc. 404-371-0772-3. 

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  • Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    The staff of Donald Trimble Mortuary will keep your family in our prayers. Thanks for calling on us during your time of need.
    ~ Donald Trimble Mortuary, Inc.
  • Thursday, March 09, 2017
    R.I.P. my man!
    ~ Bob Barton   Atlanta, GA
  • Thursday, March 09, 2017
    Our prayers and condolences remain with the family of Coach Ellis Johnson. His leadership and guidance at Crawford Long Middle School created our paths to become the great people we are today. He will be truly missed however his legacy will continue to be in our hearts.
    ~ Crawford Long Middle School Class of 1980 Walter F. George High School Class of 1984   Atlanta, GA
  • Friday, March 10, 2017
    Many prayers are sent to the family during this difficult time. Acts 24:15
    ~ C.   Ellenwood, GA
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    To the family and friends of Mr. Ellis L. Johnson, I would like to express my sincere condolences and send my Christian love along with some words of encouragement. Many wonder can they be reunited with their love ones again. At John 5:28,29 it gives us hope of a resurrection, the Bible gives us three reasons to believe in this promise. 1."God is the source of life."(Psalms 36:9) 2. God has resurrected humans in the past.(John 11:39-44) 3. God is eager to do it again.(Job 14:14,15)
    ~ PN   Decatur, GA
  • Monday, March 13, 2017
    I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Johnson and may God be a refuge and strength in your time of sorrow.(Psalms 46:1)
    ~ P. Watts   GA
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    It saddens me to hear about the loss of Coach. Certainly he has touch the lives of many. May all who knew him draw some comfort in the words of Psalms 46:1 which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, A help that is readily found in times of distress." We can rely on God to give us the comfort we need. He also has made the promise of the resurection here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29) What a joy to welcome back to life Coach and other loved ones that have fallen asleep in death! NO!! NOT just DREAM or ILLUSION. But a promise SURE to come because everything that God promises, he accomplishes without fail (Isaiah 55:11). There is more information about this resurrection online at
    ~ Rose L   Miami, FL
  • Monday, March 13, 2017
    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear loved one. May you be comforted by the words expressed at Isaiah 26:19 ; Your dead will live. And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life. Psalm 34:18 also provides comforting words. It says: Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    ~ R. Sweatman   Decatur, GA
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
    May God bless you with peace,comfort, and strength to endure the days ahead. Psalm 34:18 tells us that “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    ~ J Baker   Jefferson, GA
  • Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    My deepest sympathy goes out to your family.  But do not despair. Acts 24:15 says "there is going to be a resurrection". We will be able to see our loved ones again on a restored earth. (Psalm 37:11, 29) May you trust in Almighty God to comfort you until that time. (Psalm 83:18; Prov. 3:5, 6) He is the Source of our help. (Ps. 121:1, 2)
    ~ P. Henderson   Cov., GA