In Memory of



Obituary for Johnnie Wimberly

THE ALPHA: In the Beginning
Johnnie Will Wimberly was born January 13, 1943, in Bryant, Florida to Lester Wimberly and Catherine Johnson, of Shellman Georgia. He grew up in Bryant and later attended Palm Beach County schools in Belle Glade, Florida graduating from Lake Shore High School, Class of 1960.

Johnnie Will Wimberly, affectionately known as “Ji” or “Papa” to family and “JW” to friends, enlisted in the United States Air Force in February 1961. During his enlistment, Johnnie married Dorothy Mickens on April 27, 1966. He was stationed at Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire and did a tour in Bien Hoa, Vietnam where he served his country proudly and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant until he retired in December of 1971. Upon his retirement, he came home to Riviera Beach, Florida where he found his niche. He was a skilled and passionate electrician employed by Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning from 1979 to 2005.

JW’s first passion was sports. He loved basketball and played every Saturday at Wells Recreation until an injury would no longer allow it. He took up fishing and spent countless hours with his kids in tow and anyone else who wanted to join him. Before he took ill, he also planted a garden that he tended and was quite proud of. He also took great pride in renovating and maintaining his home. He found great pleasure in a trip to Lowe’s and Home Depot, or “Home Dee-Pot” as he so humorously called it. He was well into his 70’s still getting down on his hands and knees meticulously trimming and pruning his well manicured lawn in the scorching South Florida heat.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and always looked forward to attending the annual Johnson-Davis Family reunion. He participated in an innumerable amount of conference calls to ensure that every single and specific detail needed to share with family was obtained. One thing for certain, the family knew when and where the reunion was taking place every year and he expected them all to be in attendance. Nonetheless, he was sure to return home proudly doting and providing his family members with the annual reunion-themed t-shirt as a souvenir which they would all treasure for many years to come.

JW was also a Freemason who attained Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the 33rd and last Degree.
THE OMEGA: In the End
On Sunday, September 24th, 2023, Johnnie Will Wimberly transitioned while at the Veterans Affairs Hospice Center, taking his final salute ceremony from his room to the facility’s entrance, draped in the American flag. He was with family and friends when he passed away, peacefully.

His memory will forever be cherished by his devoted wife of 57 years, Dorothy Wimberly; his children Cassandra Mickins, Bonny Wimberly, Shawn Wimberly and Nikia Wimberly (Adriane); his grandchildren Ticondria Whitaker (Andra’e), Shaquille Heath, Makayla Durrant, Kiara Wimberly, Kauvon Wimberly, Jerami Rutledge-Brown (Jermaine), Andre Richardson, and Jazmin Patterson (Aleric); his great grandchildren Taylin Whitaker, Azia Whitaker, Zoie Whitaker, Havanni Heath, Christian Sherrod (Jermon), Christopher Martin, Raven Harris, Jordin Brown, Brennen March, Josiah Patterson and Tristan Patterson; his siblings Wilie Fred Wimberly (Agnes), Mary Hart and Grace Williams; cherished family friends Lee Glaze (Dorothy, deceased), Stoney Glaze, Joyel Glaze, Alexander Muhammad (Linda), Derrick Jones (Lisandra); and a host of dearly beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Johnnie Will Wimberly is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Lester Wimberly and Ms. Catherine Johnson, and his siblings Thelma Tatum, Howard Wimberly, and Franklin Wimberly.