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Cordell Johnson

Cordell Johnson

Sunday, August 12th, 1934 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Cordell Johnson Jr. was born in Porter, OK. He moved to Muskogee, OK at the age of five where he was raised and educated, graduating from high school at the age of 16. He graduated magna cum laude from Langston University, Langston, OK with a BS in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He was second in his high school and college graduating classes. Cordell pursued graduate studies at the University of Kansas.

Since jobs for black chemists in Oklahoma were scarce or non-existent in 1956, the answer to a Chemical and Engineering ad for a chemist led him to Peekskill, NY and a job with Mearl Corporation (now BASF Corp). Cordell was the first black professional hired in Peekskill by Mearl. He made significant contributions to the growth of the company, first as a Quality Control Chemist and Assistant Supervisor of the Analytical Laboratory in Peekskill. Cordell then became a Research Chemist and Senior Scientist for product development at the Ossining Research Laboratory.

Cordell has been an active member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church for over 60 years. He served his church as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, a Trustee, Chairman of the Finance Committee, member of the Building Committee, member of the Budget Committee and sang in the Men’s and Senior Choir.

Cordell served the Peekskill community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Peekskill Community Concert Association, Peekskill Area Arts Council, and was a charter member and president of the Board of Directors for the Paramount Arts Center. Cordell served as president of the Paramount Arts Center Board of Directors during a pivotal point in its existence. Cordell was a member of the Peekskill chapter NAACP, a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a member of the Eta Chi Lambda Chapter in Rockland County, NY. Cordell served in numerous chapter offices, including president, and was recognized for his leadership.

Cordell truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures like chatting with his friends and family, watching sports, reading books, word puzzles, travel, spending time with family and helping people in anyway he could. He displayed a wonderful knack for solving problems and has touched many lives with his generosity and comforting ways.

Cordell was preceded in death by his parents, Cordell Sr. and Vonia Johnson, and his son, Kent Johnson.

Cordell is survived by his wife Elizabeth Turner-Johnson of Peekskill, NY; his son Steven (Elizabeth) Johnson of Spain; daughter-in-law Leslie Johnson of Atlanta, GA; four step-children: Brad Turner of Peekskill, NY, Duane Turner (Wendy) of Port St. Lucie, FL, Jay Turner of White Plains, NY, and Robin Turner of White Plains, NY; two sisters: Margaret Livingston of Riverside, CA and Evelyn Jackson of Muskogee, OK; his brother Howard (Teri) Johnson of Roseburg, OR; his grandchildren: Alison, Daniel, Isabella, Elaine and Mia Johnson; and his step-grandchildren: Chyna Gilchrest, Niah, Zaira, Meraiya, Knowledge and Aken Turner.
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    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm
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    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 1:00pm
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    Please note, due to the current limitations set forth by New York State, the service will be streamed live via Facebook for family and friends. The livestream will be available via a separate Facebook page, specifically for this service (see link below). Note, you do not need a Facebook account to access this page. The live video will appear on the page on Tuesday, May 5th and begin just before 1 pm. Please note, the video will not appear until the funeral home and family are ready to go “live.” To access the livestream, you can click on the webcast link via this website, or you can click on the link below. Once on the page, scroll down until you see the video appear. - be sure you are viewing the video that reads "LIVE" in the left top corner. Note, images of the casket may be visible. https://www.facebook.com/Curry-Giordano-Funeral-Home-Cordell-Johnson-Memorial-Page-107945090908995/

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Posted at 10:16am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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