John Earl Brandon II, affectionately known as “Johnnie”, son of the late John and Betty Carter Brandon, was born February 18, 1956 in Albany, New York. He departed this life on Monday, June 24, 2019. Johnnie attended Union Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. He received his education in public schools in Albany, NY. He graduated from Phillip Schuyler High School and was a proud Falcon. He received his Associates degree from Hudson Valley Community College, and also attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied Electrical Engineering. Johnnie was blessed with a great technical mind. He worked as an engineer and consultant. He left Albany in the early 1980s to pursue his career in Houston, TX at Texas Instruments and Fischer & Porter. He loved working with his hands. He could often be found building and repairing computers, repairing cars, appliances, or anything he could get his hands on. He enjoyed playing chess, dominoes, backgammon, cards, fishing, hunting, and placing bets on horses at OTB. He loved to cook and frequently watched cooking shows. He was a self-proclaimed music connoisseur. He loved listening to music and dancing. He was a self-taught musician and talented artist. He taught himself to play the electric guitar, keyboard and other instruments. He loved watching all sports, especially basketball. He was a fan of all New York teams plus the Houston Rockets. He spent countless hours over multiple decades researching and collecting data on the genealogy of his family, and the families of those near and dear to him. He had a witty sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and a smile that would light up any room. He loved talking trash about everything from sports, politics, to current events. Johnnie was preceded in death by his devoted parents, Betty J. Brandon and John E. Brandon. Johnnie leaves to celebrate the life he lived - two daughters: Alicia M. Brandon and Sheneria S. Brandon; two grandchildren: Chance Rusher, Cyre’ Rusher, and a furry grand Parker Brandon; five sisters: Vivian Brandon, Patricia McGhee (Michael), and Cynthia Brandon-Arnold, Esq. (Roggie), Sondra J. Brandon, and Michelle Byrd (Earl); one brother: Curtis Brandon (Christina); twelve nieces and nephews: Tony Brandon (Nina), Curtis Brandon Jr, Katrina McGhee, Brandon Inman, Michael McGhee Jr, Jacob Inman, Antoine Inman, Maya Brandon, Angelica Arnold, Amari Byrd, JR BrandonHooker, Raven Byrd; eight great nieces and nephews: Anthony Brandon, Mikquan McGhee, T’Shya McGhee, Jahzara Fossett, Rhianna Inman, Jada Inman, Leah McGhee and Noah Brandon; four aunts: Mamie Harris, Zora Ingalls, Louise Brandon and Blanche Carter; one Uncle: Earlie Carter; special friend: Andrea Green, and a host of cousins, friends, and colleagues.
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