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Columbus Brock

September 23, 1944 ~ June 24, 2020 (age 75)


Columbus “Lump” Brock-Johnson was born September 23, 1944 to the late Hettie WilsonJohnson and York Brock in the city of Rural Alabama. Columbus moved to Elyria, Ohio at age

two (2) from Demopolis, Alabama in 1947. He accepted Christ at a young age and again was baptized during adult life. Columbus entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at

5:15pm at New Life Hospice in Lorain, Ohio.

Columbus attended the Elyria City School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1963 and was discharged in February of 1967. His time and experience in the Navy centered around activities in and around the Vietnam War. Following his discharge from the Navy, he went on the complete his high school education obtaining his GED in 1968.

Upon completion of his GED, he then enrolled and attended the Ohio State University.Following his studies at OSU he returned to Elyria where he sought employment. Columbus

worked at United States Steel (USS) in Lorain Ohio and then went on to work thirty years at the Ford Motor Company in Lorain Ohio until retirement.

Known as “Lump” to everyone, he followed his passion enjoying jazz music especially Nat King Cole and Johnnie Mathis. He traveled to Japan exploring studies in fashion design and

tailoring. He was also a horse racing enthusiast enjoying the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and Thistledown even from a distance through simulcast. In addition to his travels to Japan, he

made his adventurous way across and around the United States. Columbus enjoyed life to the best of his ability and was never hesitant to tell you what was on his mind. And if you ever rode in the car or traveled with Columbus, he became a “big kid” when it came to his McDonald coffee and if you didn’t stop, you were gonna get told. In addition to enjoying life experiences,

Columbus was a caring and generous individual as he fully demonstrated the teaching of Christ as recorded in Matthew 25;40 “Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done unto

one of the least among these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”Columbus experienced numerous physical health challenges during his adult life following his

return home from the US Navy in 1967. His mother would often be overheard saying “This Is Not My Child That Left Here in 1963”. On Thursday, June 18, he was admitted to Cleveland

Clinic Avon Lake facility and later transferred to New Life Hospice on the night of June 23 where he peacefully began his journey to eternal rest to be reunited with family.

He was proceed in death by his father York Brock, mother Hettie Wilson-Johnson (2011), stepfather, Elton Leo Johnson (1977), brother Samuel Johnson (2012), nephew Kevin Green (2009) and niece Jean Lewis-White (2005).

He leaves to cherish his memory six siblings, Lee (Dorothy) Johnson, Barbara (Willie) Berry of Elyria, Margaret (Thomas) Barbee of Oberlin, Beverly Walker, Calvin Johnson Sr. of Elyria and Kenneth Johnson of Cleveland in addition to seven nephews and six nieces and a host of aunt,uncles, cousins family and friends.

The Family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 30th from 6pm till 8pm at Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 326 Fuller Road in Elyria. Funeral services will be on Wednesday July 1st, at

11:00am at Brookdale Cemetery (Section K) in Elyria. Pastor Willie Gardner will officiate.The Family has requested that Masks must be worn during both the Viewing and Funeral


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