On July 20, 2018, Minister John Clevie Wahab a.k.a Johnny went home to be with the Lord. Johnny was born January 16, 1951 in Belhaven, N.C. to the late Obie and Mabel Wahab. At a young age, he relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he completed his education in the New York City Public School System.
Johnny was a “jack-of-all-trades”. He was highly skilled and certified in carpentry, wood-working, small engine repair and landscaping. Throughout the years, Johnny was employed by Red’s Trucking, City of Belhaven, N.C. Department of Sanitation, La-Z-Boy East, Prime Trucking, Palmetto Paving and Jones Trucking. He later became a licensed locksmith and the sole operator of UNEEDA Locksmith, Inc. He also studied Karate and Tai-Chi. Johnny was an avid fisherman and huntsman, who went on to compete in and win 1st place in the catfish category at the 2010 Florence County Sheriff’s Office Annual Fishing Tournament. He shared his love of fishing with his grandsons, family and friends.
In 1977, Johnny met the love of his life, Verna Cooper. They were later married on April 29, 1978, in Brooklyn, N.Y. They were married for 40 years at his time of passing. Johnny brought a daughter Octavia, into this marriage. The couple had two additional daughters, Taisha and Shanda.
Johnny Wahab joined the Golden Trowel Masonic Lodge #97 in Belhaven, N.C. where Brother Wahab became Past Master. Brother Wahab also joined the MD Trowel #74 Holy Royal Arch in Washington, N.C. After relocating to S.C., Olive Grove Masonic Lodge #339 in Coward, SC welcomed Brother Wahab and he frequented many meetings.
Johnny strengthened his relationship with God and in December 1999, he delivered his trial sermon at Greater St. Paul Independent Methodist Church, Johnsonville, S.C. He was mentored in his ministry by the late Reverend Bernard Timmons. In May 2000, he received his license to preach the gospel and Minister Wahab committed himself to this daily.
Minister Wahab was preceded in death by sister, Gayle Harris and four brothers-in-law; Reverend Michael Prince, Donald Cooper, Samuel Earl Cooper Wilson and Richard Harris.
Family left to cherish his memories of life and legacy of love: loving wife, Verna C. Wahab; three daughters: Octavia Crawford, Taisha Wahab, Shanda Wahab; two siblings: Betty Prince and John O. Mason, Sr. (Evelyn), grandchildren: Saquan Wahab, Samir Wahab, FeShawn Williams, Taiquan Williams, Tyteanne Williams and Tyel Crawford; great-grandchildren: Adonis, Arius, Londyn, Anai and Miamor; brothers in law: Judge (Ret.) Eugene(Jeanette) Cooper and James (Deloris) Cooper; sister-in-law: Katrina Cooper; God-daughters: Tonique Cooper and Dalaisha Pickens; adopted grandchildren: Autumn and Aubree Davis and Ayden Self; adopted daughters: Dori Miles and Tamara Anchors; special cousins: Gwendolyn Arthur and Stella Whitaker; close friends: Wymen McFadden, Derek Allen, and Charles Hawkins and a host of nieces, nephews, relative and friends.
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