Clinton Donald Johns Jr.
01/19/1947 - 10/30/2021
Obituary For Clinton Donald Johns Jr.
Heaven’s gates opened wide to receive Pastor Clinton Donald Johns Jr., 74, of Houston, Texas, while with his wife at M. D. Anderson Hospital, on October 30, 2021. He was born on January 19, 1947, in Daphne, Alabama. He was the oldest son of Clinton and Alice Johns.
Johns accepted Christ at an early age and throughout his childhood, he was known to be athletically gifted. His family moved from Daphne, Alabama to Houston, Texas, where he played Little League baseball in his community known as Pleasantville. His tenacity for the love of playing baseball continued throughout school years. Following his graduation from Phyllis Wheatley Senior High School in 1967, he enrolled in Prairie View A&M College where he played on the baseball team for a year. Clinton later enrolled in Laney Junior College in Oakland, California as a basketball player for a year and then returned home to Houston, Texas, where he played semi-pro baseball. He soon received the opportunity to play in the Southern Negro Baseball League. Clinton was then scouted and asked to join the Indianapolis Clowns in 1970. Graciously accepting the offer, he reported to Charlotte, North Carolina where he began training and officially playing in the Southern Negro Leagues, which led him to become an astonishing figure in the history of Leagues. After completion of one season with Indianapolis Clowns, Clinton returned home where he then enrolled and completed training at the Career Academy School of Broadcasting, obtaining a First-Class Operators License in Radio and Television in 1971. During that year, he met and later married Jaunetta Smith.
Throughout the years, he continued his love of baseball by coaching Little League teams in various communities. In 1975, as a coach for the South Park Little League team, he accepted an invitation from Manny Moto of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to travel to Santo Domingo, where they played various other teams during a week of youth sports’ events. He has also coached basketball teams in the Pleasantville community including Pleasantville Elementary and Wendell D. Ley Family YMCA – North Shore. Overall, he has coached over three generations with winning championship results for both sports. Working with youth was a part of Clintons' ministry and as a result he is lovingly called “Coach” by all who have been touched by his dedication and passion in ministry with the youth of his community.
In 1978, Clinton became an entrepreneur by opening the Arena Grill, a restaurant in the community with a sports theme due to his love of sports. In the early 80’s he joined First Church COGIC where he was very active. In September 1983, he then started John's Janitorial Service and maintained that until retirement in June 2014. Clinton answered the call to preach in 1997 and later became pastor of a newly formed church “Tabernacle of Praise Ministry '' in 2002. After 15 years of pastoring, he retired and became a member of the Loving Word Fellowship Church where he worked with the youth. Clinton has served as the Athletic Director for Pleasantville Civic League as well as President and Chaplain. He ministered to the youth in the community as an encourager, teacher, and disciplinarian in the rules of good sportsmanship. His other endeavors included serving on the Houston Police Department-Citizen Review Board, District B.
On May 31, 2017, Clinton was inducted into the Southern Negro Baseball League Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Pastor Johns was thankful to God for granting him the opportunity to share his athletic ability and skills with others which he considers to be ministry in its purest form.
Clinton was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family. He leaves to cherish his legacy his wife of 49 years, Jaunetta Johns; two children, a son, Clinton Johns III, wife Benecia; a daughter, Genevieve Johns; seven grandchildren Jazmyne Johns, Bria Taylor-Johns, Kennedi Martin, Mya Samuel, Trevion Bandy, Hayley Stevens, Anava Johns and two great grandchildren Madison Johns and Micah Johns; two brothers, Charles Johns, wife Jackie and Ricky Richard; one sister, Janice Johns; one uncle, Roy Jackson; four aunts, Cleo Jackson, Erma “Joe Baby” Ellis, Agnes Barnes and Dorothy Thomas, as well as a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Johns Sr., his mother, Alice Johns, a brother, Ronnie Johns and a grandchild Sierra Johns.