October 1, 1957 ~ November 10, 2019

Born in: Memphis, TX
Resided in: Denver, CO

Life’s Journey
David Johnson

It is written that when life begins it is like an open book with many blank pages; each day that we live our deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death and await that great getting up morning. The pages of this book began for David Johnson on October 1, 1957, in Memphis, Texas. He was the eighth of eleven children born to the union of J.B. McFarland and Lola Mae Johnson. For many years, David thought his birthday was October the 3rd, but he celebrated from the 1st to 31st , so it really didn’t matter!

David received his formal education in the Denver Public School system. As a teenager he was very popular and the house was always full with his friends.
David united with Sylvia Fleming who he often referred to as his wife and shared many years of love and laughter. They were inseparable. Sylvia fell ill and David cared for her until her passing in 2014. He was an avid Wrestling
and Denver Broncos fan and faithfully wore his Bronco jersey every Sunday to show his dedication to his team, win or lose.

He enjoyed spending time with his family & friends and his family will remember many happy and precious moments spent together throughout the
years. He was a dancing machine at every family function and was always the life of the party. You could tell when it was time for him to party because he often referred to himself as “Teddy Bear”, his alter ego.One of his favorite saying was: “Who loves you like Teddy Bear?? Ya heard?!”

His boisterous personality and silly jokes will be
greatly missed by all who knew him.
We laughed HARD, loved HARD, and now

David was preceded in death by his father, J.B. McFarland and his mother, Lola Mae Johnson. Three brothers, Jesse Jr, Thomas C., and John L. Johnson; and one sister, Bonnie L. Johnson. Our Family is held together by bond. We are alike yet we are unalike, and somehow, we find comfort and peace in our differences. Family is family and we can’t choose who shares our bloodline and all together we are still One.
Every second spent with our family is priceless, for the love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.
The love between us will always be strong. Don’t cry for me because I have my mother to welcome me home.
The final pages of David’s book were written on Sunday, November 10, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memory three brothers, Charles B and Larry W. Johnson of Denver; and Elmus Fraizer Sr of Killeen, TX; Four sisters, Connie S. McGinnis of Tulia Texas, Juanita Smith of Garland Texas, Alice Faye Arkadie and Doris Johnson both of Denver.


Visitation: November 18, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: November 19, 2019 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Reception: November 19, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

Private Cremation:

Pipkin Braswell
6601 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

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  1. Peace and love to every one. I just happened to be glancing through the obituaries and to my utter shock and surprise my dear friend Tippen Ted is there. Family, because you are our are like family to me even if we do not see each other often we know in our hearts how we feel. I feel what you all feel right now. I do not have any words of comfort so I comfort myself by just the fact that Ted was a part of my life. I have many fond memories of Tippen. Tippen would make it a habit of calling me at least every two or three months just to check-in to let me know every thing was cool! I’m going to miss those catchy sayings that he would say. My most sincere love to you all and I will see you all at Mr. Tippen Ted my friend service. Till then my prayer is that God Peace will be with you all. Love most sincerely, Dennis Burton. 720-505-8089. Family please let me know if there is anything and I mean anything! that I can do then please don’t hesitate to call.Much Love.

  2. Peace and Love to you all.I just happened to be strolling through the obituaries.And to my utter shock and surprise my dear friend for many years (Tippen Ted) is there.Family because you have always been like family to me from the first time I met you all which was a blessing, we never had to be around each other often to know that there is love and respect for each other.Right know i’m feeling what your feeling because Tippen was like a brother to me.I had not heard from Tippen in about four months, he would faithfully call me at least every two or three months just to let me know every (thangs cool baby!)I have many fond memories of my man;gonna miss those (catchy) sayings he had. Family I dot not have any words of comfort,so I comfort myself in the times that we had and it was privilege to know Tippen Ted he very picky about the people that he allowed in his world we had a enduring friendship that we both enjoyed.Family pray that God will give the strength and peace through it all. If there is anything and I mean anything!that I can do please don’t hesitate. Love Dennis Burton,720-505-8089.

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