Raymond "RA" Johnson | 1942 - 2013 | Obituary

Raymond "RA"  Johnson
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Raymond "RA" Johnson

Born: October 09, 1942
Died: April 09, 2013


“Coach Johnson”

The Man, The Legacy, The Champion



Raymond Aaron Johnson was born on October 9, 1942 in Taylor, Texas.  He was the oldest of four children born to Clifford and Lucile Johnson, and he was affectionately called “R.A.” by his family and friends.


Raymond confessed his belief in Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Later he united with Second Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member until his death.   


He was a product of the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), where he attended elementary, middle and high school.  R.A. was an outstanding student and accomplished athlete.  He was a star player for the Thomas Jefferson High School Mustang football team.  He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1961.


Raymond’s passion for academic success and his enthusiasm for the game of football led him to attend Bishop College in Dallas, Texas.  He was the star quarterback for the Bishop College Tigers football team.  During his collegiate football years, he received numerous athletic awards and honors.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bishop College, a Masters of Education from Prairie View A&M University, and a Mid-Management (Principal) Certification from Texas A&I University.


Upon graduating from Bishop, Raymond played with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL).  Additionally, he played for the San Antonio Toros semi-professional football team.   


Raymond was an outstanding educator and coach with a special gift for motivating  students and athletes.  He gave 34 years of dedicated service to SAISD and North East Independent School District.  He began his career at Emerson Middle School as a teacher and coach of football, basketball, and track.  With his intense love for coaching and shaping the lives of young people, he went on to blaze trails as a football, basketball, and track coach at Fox Tech High School, Theodore Roosevelt High School, and Sam Houston High School.  During his tenure at Sam Houston, he also taught health, physical education and math.


His commitment to excellence and his dedication to the game of football led him to the position of Head Coach and Athletic Coordinator at Sam Houston High School from 1983-1997.  Under his dynamic leadership, Sam Houston won an unprecedented nine district championships and in 14 seasons had 12 playoff appearances.  Raymond was awarded “Coach of the Year” eight times.   

Raymond received numerous professional and community service awards and honors including the SAISD Board of Trustees Outstanding Football Coach Performance Award, Proclamations from the Texas Senate and the City of San Antonio for Outstanding Coaching, United Negro College Fund Honoree, the recipient of the Black Achievement Award for Outstanding Sports Contributions, an inductee into the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Educators’ Hall of Fame, and recipient of the 2012 West Side Reunion Community Service Award.


His community involvement included serving on the Board of the East Side Boys and Girls Club Scholarship Committee and as the Chairman of the annual golf tournament. He was also a Connecting Link in the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Inc.  In addition to being an outstanding football player and coach, R.A. was an avid golfer and participated in numerous tournaments in San Antonio, Texas and the United States.


Raymond was married to the former Francine Prosser of San Antonio.  R.A. was a loving husband, companion, and friend.  He was the father of RaDonda Johnson and DeRoderick Ingram.  Additionally, as “Uncle Ray,”  “Cousin Ray,”  and “Slick ‘em,” he was dedicated to his extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


R.A. departed this life and went “home” to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Lucille Johnson.  He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Francine Prosser-Johnson; daughter, RaDonda Johnson of San Antonio; son, DeRoderick Ingram of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Clifford Johnson of San Antonio, and Ralph (Hannah) Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada; one sister, Brenda (Mike) Easler of Las Vegas, Nevada; uncles, Johnnie Johnson of Houston, Texas and David Johnson of LaMarque, Texas; aunts, Etta Lee Hill and Alice Collins of San Antonio, LaVern Johnson  of Los Angeles, California, and Francine Jones of Hartford, Connecticut; and a host of other relatives and friends.  

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. from Second Baptist Church, 3310 East Commerce Street. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2013 beginning at 10:30 A.M. from Second Baptist Church, 3310 East Commerce. Revered Dr. R.L. Jemerson to officiate. Interment will follow in Meadowlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.


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