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James Frances Johnson, 88, of Dunkirk died Aug. 17, 2012, at Burnett-Calvert Hospice House in Prince Frederick.

He was born May 8, 1924, to the late Minnie Sellman and Edward Wood.

He was educated in Prince George’s County schools. He was kind and was always willing to work or give a helping hand. He loved to joke around. His family will always remember him and some of his favorite sayings: “You’re running late,” “You’re looking good” and “Where’s my hat and wallet?”

He retired from the Prince George’s County school board after more than 42 years of service. After his retirement from the school board, he decided he wasn’t ready to retire, so he went back to work various jobs in the town of Upper Marlboro. He began attending St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church at an early age. While serving at St. Mary’s, he served as an usher. He attended faithfully until his health started to decline.

He was preceded by his brothers, Thomas and Joseph Sellman; and adopted family member, Oliver.

He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Johnson and her husband, Lester, of Dunkirk; granddaughter, Tonja Dare and her husband, Richard, of St. Leonard; great-grandson, Richard Dare Jr.; brothers, George and John Sellman; sister-in-law, Juanita Sellman; special adopted family, Lucille, Mark and Gwendolyn Sellman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held Aug. 23 at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro, with the Rev. William E. Foley officiating.

Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton.

Pallbearers were Roy Contee, Casey Reed, Duwayne Sellman, Richard Dare, Louis Riggs and John Sellman Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Contee, Alphonso Holley and George Sellman Jr.

Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.