Larry Adren Johnson, Jr.

Birth:                         October 1, 1966.
Death:                       December 21, 1988.
Cause of Death:          Leukemia.
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Larry A. Johnson, Jr.

Funeral services for Larry Adren Johnson Jr., 22, will be conducted Wednesday at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 903 E. 13th Ave., at noon with Pastor J.L. Smith officiating. A visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time a the church. An evening visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. tonight at the Witzleben Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.

Mr. Johnson died Dec. 21 at Providence Hospital after a five-year battle with leukemia. He was born on Oct. 1, 1966 in St. Louis and came to Alaska in 1967.

He was a 1986 graduate of Bartlett High School and was on the Bartlett basketball team when they won the 1986 championship. He was attending Alaska Pacific University at the time of his death and had hoped to play basketball for them.

Even though he was ill and in the hospital, he would always manage to talk his doctor into giving him a pass so that he could attend all the APU home games. While attending, he was the public address announcer for APU and would give a special handshake with the starting five players before tipoff.

He loved to play basketball, and would volunteer his time at sports camps so that younger children could enjoy sports also.

His hobbies included music, drawing, swimming, many other sports, and collecting stuffed animals.

He is survived by his parents, Marva Johnson and Larry A. Johnson, Sr., both of Anchorage; a brother, Reginald Johnson of Anchorage, a sister, Marva Lynn Johnson of Anchorage, and maternal grandfather, Clarence Bolden Sr., of Memphis, Tenn.

Pallbearers will be Geno Morgan, James Rockmore, Anthony Harrington, Alvin Bowser, Andy Rabung, John Paxton and David Ochoa. Honorary pallbearers will be James Glover, Leonard McCloughlin, Sylvester Grant, Brian Petro, Don Cunningham, Miles Giles and Steve Little.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to the Larry A. Johnson Memorial Fund, 2921 E. 84th, Anchorage, 99507.

Burial will be at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Service arrangements are by the Witzleben Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.

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Anchorage Daily News.
Thursday, December 22, 1988.

Anchorage Daily News.
Thursday, December 29, 1988.

Anchorage Daily News.
Thursday, December 29, 1988.