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Whitney Jennings Johnson
  • June 24, 1980
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  • January 11, 2012

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Whitney Jennings Johnson, 31 of Ocoee, passed away January 11, 2012. He was born June 24, 1980 in Birmingham, Alabama to Stanley & Gail Johnson. He and his family moved to Windermere when he was a toddler. As a youngster Whitney was a Boy Scout and played little league and soccer. While attending West Orange High School he played on the school’s football team. He graduated from West Orange High School & received an Associate’s Degree from Valencia Community College. Whitney loved the outdoors, especially riding his mountain bike, fishing and being on the water with his friends. He was an avid University of Alabama football fan…Roll Tide! He loved to gourmet cook, especially barbeque. A true friend to all, not a day went by that Whitney didn’t bring a smile to everyone around him with his easy going spirit and love of life. His laughing blue eyes and infectious smile will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. Whitney is survived by his parents; brother, Wesley; niece, London Marie Johnson; uncle, Ellis and his wife, Martha Smith; two aunts, Jo Ellen Kendrick and Tana and her husband, John Sauls and his cousin, Allison Pritchett.  A Life Celebration will be held 11:00AM, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Windermere, 300 Main Street.  A private interment will take place at  Winter Garden Cemetery.  A Life Celebration will be held 11:00AM, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Windermere, 300 Main Street.  A private internment will take place at  Winter Garden Cemetery. 

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  1. 20 Jan 2012
    DEBBIE GIERACH says:
    JOHNSON FAMILY: Whitney was always a sweet boy growing up with Wesley, Chris and Tony, and Missy trying to tag along with the boys. All four of the boys kept this neighborhood on their toes! Our family has walked in your shoes and know that only time heals the heart. Whitney will always be with us all, and I hope you all know that our family will keep your family in our prayers and Whitney in our hearts. I did want to share a cute story . . . about 2008 or 2009, a few months before Whitney nd Stan moved out of Park Ave. missy was home from college, Whitney had been asking Missy for a date and she finally told Whitney "you are like one of my brothers, and you are really old", I think the "really old" is what Whitney thought was so funny! Our family will of course miss Whitney as we do Chris, I can only hope that Whitney and Chris are giving God a run for his money. Please lean on each other and if any of you ever need to talk John and I both are here. With all our love, from our family to yours. The Gierach Family

  2. 16 Jan 2012
    Kelly Albers says:
    I was first fortunate enough to meet Whitney in 1999 and instantly fell in love with his welcoming spirit, crystal blue eyes, and gigantic smile. We would talk for hours and were always laughing and that continued for a few years. But as it happens, sometimes people's lives get busy and they fade away from each other for no other reason than timing. But I never forgot about him and always wondered how he was or what he was up to. In 2007, I was lucky enough to randomly cross his path again and for awhile we became inseparable. But it would be this 2nd time around that I would really get to know who Whitney was. Over the next few years I would learn that the reason for that huge smile was a heart that was bigger than life. He would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it, whether you wanted it or not. If you ever felt down about anything, he would stop at nothing to make you smile again. He made the goofiest faces and crazy impersonations of I don't even know what they were half the time! His imagination was beyond the moon, always coming up with things to do. I often told him he was the smartest boy ever because he seemed to know so much about everything! And his love of nature was contagious! He loved being in the sun or just outside in general and we would often go fishing or sit outside at night watching the stars together. I feel like I am a better person because of the time I was lucky enough to have Whitney in my life. My heart is broken for Whitney, but I can't even imagine how you all must be feeling. I find solace in knowing that he is at peace now, free from any worries or struggles here on Earth and that we have an Angel to watch over us that is definitely qualified because it is the same thing he did here on Earth.

  3. 16 Jan 2012
    christopher taylor says:
    sorry I meant to say Ian watsons house ...love u see u tommarow brother...and sorry spell check but u get the point...

  4. 16 Jan 2012
    christopher taylor says:
    Hey WhitneyI just want you to know my friend there are few people that have touched my heart. 5 fondest memories I can recall with u was probably one either of our parents will have approved of at the time which was me getting the first of my many tattoos and u your first tattoo of the sun on your left hand.;-)...also borrowin josh Leons house to party in when he left the door unlocked for us and his parents came home and caught all of us. And we were scared because we saw all there black belt karate geophysical and pics on the wall...man those were the days. I'm glad we both grew up respectful and well loved men. Is like to let u know one last time I love u Whitney and im glad I got to give u the VIP treatment at the d.h. that recent night. Rest well bro. I know I wasn't a constant in your every day life but you will be a constant in my heart and considered a brother to me. Please watch over your .parents and Wesley and watch and look after all your friends as we grow with our kids and familys.....roll tide!!!!!9

  5. 16 Jan 2012
    JACK AND GINA ROIG says:
    GOD TAKES THE YOUNG BECAUSE THEY HAVE FULFILLED THE NEED FOR THEIR SERVICE ON EARTH... YOU KNOW HE WALKS WITH THE LORD.... YOUR HEARTS AND OURS ARE BURDENED. OUR LORD KNOW BEST,,, WE LOVE YOU.

  6. 16 Jan 2012
    Louise Leon says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Whitney with fond memories, some rather humorous. He was such a good friend of Josh's. The two were always together when younger and that got scarey at times. I still remember the time Whitney fell through your dining room ceiling while playing upstairs. That brings a smile to my face...glad it was your house not mine...I got the broken window. Our prayers go out to all of you.

  7. 15 Jan 2012
    Kim Rollins says:
    Gail,
    Although I never had the honor of meeting your amazing son, I just want you to know how deeply saddened I am for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With Sincerest Sympathy... Kim (CB colleague)

  8. 15 Jan 2012
    Jessica Gardner says:
    Where to begin. Whitney was the most amazing man I knew. I don't havr a memory in the past 6 years that doesn't have Whitney in it. We had our private jokes that people didn't understand. He was truly my best guy friend. He had the pleasure of hearing about all my relationship problems. But the classic amazing person he was he would always listen and offer advice. I will never forget Whitney and Frank's bright idea to make a slip and slide in the backyard at Whitneys house. Well lets just say it was so amazing. I will miss my fishing buddy and having our classic cookout days. He taught me how to cool on the grill. He was always a great friend and nice to absolutly everyone. That is why he and I got along so well cause we would be able to befriend anyone.

    I will miss him everyday and he will always have a place in my heart. I miss you and love you my best friend. You will never be forgotten.

  9. 15 Jan 2012
    Josh Leon says:
    Recounting all the unforgettable times growing up with Whitney and the Johnsons would fill a book, so I'll do my best to summarize. Whitney was my first and best friend growing up in Orlando, where we met in the second grade (in 1987). For most of that time, until I moved again in 1995, we did everything together. Sometimes our parents dropped us off for whole days at the nearby theme parks. We went to summer camp together. His family was kind enough to take me with them on trips to their hunting camp, which was certainly my most prized experience at the time, and also kind enough not to make me shoot anything. To this day one of my favorite stories (and one none of my later friends can believe) recounts when Whitney and I skinned a deer together. Between the two of us, he was the fearless one. Still, before those trips I would count down the days until Whitney let me board the family 4-wheelers. Beyond that, there were the long summer days when, together with our friends, the world seemed huge, and we learned about it together.

    If I had a childhood that could be called special, Whitney was an enormous reason why. I know Whitney has many, many other dear friends growing up with us at that time who would say the same thing. My heart goes out to his wonderful family during this tragic time. I also owe Stanley, Gail, and Wesley an overdue thank you for how they and Whitney so touched my life and that of my family. Thank you for all the fond memories.

    All the best,

    Josh

  10. 15 Jan 2012
    Rich Zarda says:
    Stan, my prayers are with you and your family.

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