Pauline Marie Johnson was born in Onancock, Virginia on February 6, 1932 to the late Richard Bagwell Sr. and Virginia Knox-Bagwell. She was the oldest of three siblings who include: Richard Bagwell, Jr. and Florence Bagwell Matthews. Pauline was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Arthur Johnson who passed on February 13, 2015; her dearest son, Gerald Joseph Johnson who passed on May 21,1989, and her step-daughter, Linda L. Johnson who passed on July 24, 2010.
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Pauline attended school in Accomack, Virginia and graduated from Mary M. Smith High School. She was a spiritual woman who practiced Methodist faith-based religion and belonged to the Methodist Church in Onancock, Virginia. She later joined St. Anthony Church in the Bronx, New York and Sacred Heart in Mt. Vernon, New York.
Pauline met her husband, James Johnson at the age of 22 in the South Bronx. They were married for over 60 years. They began their journey in 1954 by working together to build their black-owned establishment, Johnson’s BBQ. Johnson’s BBQ had several locations in the South Bronx and was known for it’s southern homestyle cooking, mustard and red BBQ sauce, and most of all, serving the community.
Pauline enjoyed cooking, reading, and listening to all genres of music; she was a big fan of Al Green. She enjoyed spending time with family, watching basketball, and had a knack for interior design. She was well-known for her fashionable style, class, and grace.
Pauline leaves behind to cherish her memory two loving children: Dwayne Arthur Johnson (Stacey Jones-Johnson) and Paula and Anthony Stone; two loving step-children, Larry Johnson and Cheryl Dunbar; four grandchildren, Jessica Richards (Phillip Richards), Jennifer Coleman (Aubry Charles), Michael Coleman, and Stacia Dwaina Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Tristan Richards who refers to her as “Baby Grandma,” Ava Grace Richards, and Gabrielle Richards; favorite cousin, Geraldine Bundick; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pauline Johnson’s legacy continues to live on through the hearts of her loving friends and family members. She and James’ vision for Johnson’s BBQ continues to prosper with the establishment’s work and service to the community.