Celebrating the life of Juan Demetrius Joshua
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“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren't so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also. Where I go, you know, and you know the way.” John 14:1-4 (WEB)
Juan Demetrius Joshua, 62 was born in Dunnellon, Florida on July 1, 1952 to Ernestine D. Joshua Baker and Obie Johnson. He had esteem and respect for his step-father Eddie L. Baker, Sr., all preceded him in death. Demetrius attended Dunnellon High School where he participated in the band as a drummer and played center position on the basketball team. He was a high jumper and high hurdler on the track and field team. Demetrius graduated from Dunnellon High School in 1971 and later moved to Atlantic City, NJ. Demetrius was a brick layer for over 40 years and a member of Laborers Union (Local 415) out of Pleasantville, NJ. He was a lifetime support member of the Wheels of Soul from Atlantic City, NJ Chapter. He loved and enjoyed life riding his Harley Davidson, collecting old model cars, and his dogs, Night Train and Medusa. He was also an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. On the afternoon of March 4, 2015, the Heavenly Father called him home to rest.
Demetrius is survived by his four sons: Timothy Murphy of Panama, FL, El Shawn Joshua, Sr. of Mays Landing, NJ, Brandon Bernard and Juan D. Joshua, Jr. both of Atlantic City, NJ; two daughters, Hope Joshua (Theodore) of Dunnellon, FL and Maryana Harmon-Joshua of Atlantic City, NJ; three brothers, Wesley Baker (Thea) of Fredericksburg, VA, Eddie L. Baker, Jr. (Jackie) and Ronald Baker (Stacy) both of Dunnellon, FL; five sisters, Cassandra Baker of Tampa, FL, Janet Roberson (Walter) of Clearwater, FL, Sylvia Edwards (Kenneth) of Dunnellon, FL, Laverne Gunter (Alonzo) of Augusta, GA and Joyce Lumpkin (Orian) of Alachua, FL. A longtime friend who was very special to him, Mary Harmon of Atlantic City, NJ; six grandchildren, Kenneth Lee Grubbs of Dallas, TX, An’Nizsha Faye Jackson (Pots), Dy’Lan Ta’ Von Jackson all from Dunnellon, FL, Ja’Nari Braddock-Joshua , Eryk Sincere Joshua and El Shawn Joshua, Jr., of Ocala, FL, and host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and close friends.
Visitation: Friday, March 13, 2015 ~ 5pm to 7pm ~ First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church ~ 11849 N. Williams Street ~ Dunnellon, FL
Funeral Services: Saturday, March 14, 2015 ~ 11am ~ First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church ~ 11849 N. Williams Street ~ Dunnellon, FL 34432 ~ Rev. Al Washington, Officiating
Interment: Dunnellon Community Cemetery ~ Dunnellon, FL