Ernest Quinton Johnson, Sr. was born June 5, 1974, to the proud parents of the late Linda Price and Fred Johnson of Monroe, Louisiana. He was his mother’s only son and his sisters’ favorite “only” brother and their “built in” best friend. As a young boy, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Macedonia Baptist Church by the late Reverend Frank Mason. During that time, he was encouraged by Deacon Ezra Griffin to sing in the Cherub Choir where he loved praising God with his favorite song, “Come Along and Ride this Train” by the Canton Spirituals. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 466 under Scout Master Albert Johnson.
Ernest had a love for the Word of God that carried him from childhood to the time he transitioned to be with the Lord. During the last week of his life, he preached his first sermon, and he did not stop there. He continued to preach more sermons from his hospital bed that not only touched the hearts, minds, and lives of his family, friends, and hospital staff, but also moved Pastor Antonio L. Iseah to license him to preach the Gospel.
Ernest graduated from Neville High School May 14, 1993. He loved sports!! In fact, he was a fanatic! He required his mother to have a subscription to the local newspapers…ALL of them. He kept everyone abreast of not only the latest news of the community, but also his three favorite sports franchises. They were the Neville Fighting Tigers, the San Francisco 49’ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was an avid basketball player participating in his school’s teams from Lee Junior High to Neville High School. Upon graduating from high school, Ernest answered to a higher calling to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. He deployed overseas to Okinawa, Japan, and when he returned to the United States, he was stationed in Kansas City, Missouri. He served his country until he medically retired with full military honors.
Based on his tenacity and work ethics, Ernest knew he desired to provide for himself and his family. He was employed by J.P. Morgan Chase and Company, Plymouth Tubing Corporation of America, and Basic Best Buy. He also understood the need to continue his education, so he enrolled at Louisiana Delta Community College and the University of Louisiana at Monroe and where he majored in Accounting.
On June 30, 2003, Ernest Johnson, Jr. was born becoming the pride and joy of his dad’s life. He was most certainly a “hands on” father. Where his son was, he was too; from academics to athletics and from elementary to college when it came to his son, he was there. Actually, Ernest was the father of many. Not only did he love and support his nieces and nephews, but God blessed him with three wonderful bonus children whom he adored. They are Takeyah, Shakeyah, and Brayden Coward, as well as his goddaughter, Jakasia Newton. His love and affection for babies and children was uncanny.
The love of family and friends meant so much to Ernest. He could not get enough of spending time at family gatherings with Shannon and Keosha and other family, helping with the kid’s schoolwork, sporting events, and other extracurricular activities. He poured out unconditional love to his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends, and all those who came in contact with him.
Ernest leaves to cherish and celebrate his life’s wonderful memories: his namesake, Ernest Jr.; his sisters, Shannon (Henry) Sidney, Keosha Price; three nieces, Na’Tia Price of Grand Prairie, Texas, Breanna Price of McKinney, Texas, NaLaeh Sidney of West Monroe, Louisiana; and two nephew, Caleb Sidney of West Monroe, Louisiana and Noah Price of Grand Prairie, Texas; aunts, uncles, cousins; first friends, Michael Price, Sr, Christopher Campbell, and Antonio “Chuck” Iseah, all of Monroe, Louisiana, and special friend, Shasta Coward and family, Takeyah, Shakeyah, and Brayden; goddaughter, Jakasia, and a host of classmates and friends.