Milbon Johnson "Bubba D” transitioned peacefully in the early hours September 9, 2023 in Clarksville, TN, at the age of 83. He was born during his father's military transfer on January 6, 1940 to Charlie and Grace Johnson from that union, he was the second of seven children. His hometown was Grand rapids, MI, where he grew up. He went to Sigsbee Elementary School and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School. He also attended Davenport University. He made all city basketball at Ottawa Hills High School and he led the league in scoring. He was an elite basketball player. Newspaper articles called him "the trickiest basketball player in the west". He loved to dance. His dance moves were impeccable. He would dance with his mother to keep her active and agile. They would do the jitterbug and the bop. His siblings and family were amazed. He was the life of the party, When he spoke French, his dialect and delivery would melt women’s hearts. Women in their 80's, and younger were always asking about him. He was truly a class act. Whenever he entered a room, his presence would light it up. He had a heart of gold. He loved to help those in need. He had the most beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. He retired from the Army after 26 of service as a dental specialist, 1st Sergeant. He was a stellar soldier. He devoted his life to the Army.
Milbon is forever remembered by two sons in Grand Rapids MI; Anthony Johnson and Terry Beatty; one son Terrence Johnson preceded him in death; he had 7 grandkids, 32 great-grandkids; 9 great-great- grandkids and 2 great-great-great-grandkids.
His parents preceded him in death; he also had 3 brothers that preceded him in death.
Charles Johnson (Grand Rapids, MI) , Mitchell Johnson (San Jose, CA), and Kenneth Johnson (Grand Rapids, MI)
He has one sister Mrs. Barbara Harris of North Hollywood, CA; Two brothers Donald Johnson of Grand Rapids, MI, and Michael Johnson of San Jose, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins also Tim Daniels, friend for over 30 years.
Fill Not Your Hearts
So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be.
Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile.
Understand, in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.
A Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2023 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.