SANFORD — Dennis Ray Johnson Sr., 58, of Sanford, transitioned into eternal rest Saturday (04/10/21) at Central Carolina Hospital.

Dennis was born July 21, 1962, in Rocky Mount to Barbara Johnson and Ossie Battle Jr. Dennis was affectionately called “Dr. DJ” and “mayor” of Stewart Manor. Anything you wanted to know, he had the 411.

At 11-months-old, Dennis and his mother left North Carolina and relocated to Brooklyn, New York. Dennis was educated in the New York City Public School System. In 1978, he relocated to Sanford where he graduated from Lee County High School. Dennis returned to New York City and made a career in security for a few years.

In 2002, Dennis returned to Sanford where he remained until his death. Dennis loved gospel music, old western movies and reality shows.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Bennie Johnson and Annie Horne Johnson; four uncles, Bennie Johnson Jr., Nathaniel Johnson, Robert Lee Johnson and Carlton D. Johnson; and aunt, Louise Johnson.

Dennis leaves to share his memories, son, Dennis Johnson Jr. (Katrina); three grandchildren, twins Sevyn and Sy’Aire Johnson, and Synia Johnson; a loving mother, Barbara Ann Johnson; loving sister, Zelda Kay Johnson; one nephew, Jerome Johnson (Christine); two nieces, Jerrica Johnson and Shanikua Brooks; three uncles, Richard Johnson (Hattie), known as “Mom” and “Pop,” James Johnson and Albert Johnson (Phyllis); and a host of loving relatives and friends.

The funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford. Burial follows in Minter Cemetery, Sanford.