Johnnie Lee Arrington, Sr.

Johnnie Lee Arrington, Sr., born to the union of Hollis and Hannah Mae Arrington on October 2, 1956 in Eucutta, MS, transitioned from this earth on November 15, 2017.

Most of his life was spent working as a lumberjack and mechanic until he retired in 2003.  He retired to Erie to be with his children.

Johnny was a Jack-of-all Trades, there was no task that he could not complete.  He was a mechanic the majority of his life but he also had a small appliance repair business.  When he wasn't working he was fishing and listening to his blues, and in his younger life was dancing and shooting pool.  He and his dance troop "The Sugar Hill Gang" traveled and won many dance contests. 

He retired to Erie in 2003 to be with his children.  He dedicated his life to his children and family.  Once, Johnnie rushed into a burning house to make sure no one was inside.  This was just  the norm for him.  If he could help someone, he would.

Today the world has lost one of God's greatest gifts - a person who put others first, before himself.

Johnnie is survived by 10 children, Tara Dean of Meridan, MS, Marlo Arrington of Hattisburg, MS, Patina (Exodus) Arrington of Gulfport, MS, JaKendal Arrington, Katrina, Aundrea, Aleisha, LeQuinn, Johnny Jr., and Jamond Arrington, all of Erie, PA, and a special daughter, Marshelle Keyes of Hattisburg, MS.  He is also survived by 3 sisters, Willie Bell Jones of Heidelburg, MS, Vera Nell Arrington of Laurel, MS, and Victoria Arrington of Hattisburg, MS;  2 brothers, Troy Arrington of Pauling, MS, and Hollis Ray Arrington of Eucutta, MS;  14 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother, and a son, Carro Demond Arrington.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Askins Cremation Funeral Services, 8354 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16509 is assisting the family with arrangements.