U.S. Chief Federal Judge Norma Holloway Johnson

July 28, 1932 ~ September 18, 2011

"I have fought the good (worthy, honorable and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith." II Timothy 4: 7

Norma Holloway Johnson died Sunday, September 18, 2011 in the local residence of her brother's home. Mrs. Johnson was born on July 28, 1932 in Lake Charles, LA.

Judge Johnson was appointed Superior Court Judge of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. by former President Richard Nixon and was ultimately confirmed by Congress. After ten years as a Superior Court Judge, she was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter to the Federal Bench in 1980 where she served as Chief Judge in 1997 to 2001 until she retired.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are one brother, Lionel L. Holloway, Sr.; one sister-in-law, Estella Frelot Holloway; one foster sister, Barbara Clark of Washington D.C.; two nieces, Loyce M. Holloway and Stephanie Guillory (Ricky); four nephews, Lionel Holloway, Jr. (Velina), Michael Holloway, Sr. (Beverly), Darnell Holloway and Wilfred Holloway (Lisa) all of Lake Charles, LA; two adopted nephews, Clarence Tignor (Shelia) and Robert Tignor of Washington D.C.; two brothers-in-law, George Johnson of St. Louis and John Parks of Oklahoma.

She is also survived by a host of great nieces, nephews and friends whom she adored dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Honorable Julius Augustus Johnson; her parents, Henry and Beatrice Holloway; her half sister, Elvira Holloway; and her nephew, Brian Dexter Holloway I.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 24, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Robert Campbell will officiate. Burial will be in Combre Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM until the start of the service.

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  1. Her passing leaves a void that is difficult to fill. May the soul of Judge Johnson rest in everlasting peace and may God grant solace to her friends and family.Peace and Blessings,Mrs. Wanda GreenLos Angeles, CA

  2. I have so many beautiful memories of Cousin Norma from when I was a little girl, when she and Moma (Sister Baby) would talk on the telephone on Sundays after church, until a few weeks ago, when I too would chat a little while with her. My few visits to Washington D.C. to spend some time with she and Julius will never be forgotten, especially our talks while commuting to her courthouse everyday during my vacation visit to D.C. And, when I was challenged with work issues and important decisions, Cousin Norma was a great source of encouragement. Oh, she was such a pillar of strength! Solid, Brilliant, Robust, Resilient and Powerful. And, yet soft and comforting to me. She often said that Family was so important, and we should always encourage one another, as she started with Well, let me tell you this , or Bianca, in my experience . God created a wonderful sculpture, a Masterful piece of art when He formed Normalie. And, 'that' mold will never be duplicated. She is now reunited with her Mother (Aunt Tee) and Father (Uncle Henry), Moma – Sister Baby (her Cousin), Granddaddy (her Uncle Bill) and Grandmother (her Aunt Marcelee), our Great Grandmother Sarah, and many other family members. Finally, Ill always remember her unforgettable singing signature farewell after our conversations, Bye, Bye. Until we meet again in the presence of the Lord, so long for now Cousin Norma.Lionel, and our dear family, we love you always,Cousins Bianca and Wayne JacksonYorba Linda, California

  3. In 1975, I moved from Lake Charles to Washington D.C. and had an oportunity to visit with Judge Norma and her husband in their home. They were warm and the friendest people to met. They showed me around their home and in the basement studio was their collections of African art, masks, etc. they brougt back from their trip to Africa. Only met her once, but being fortunate to have cross paths with her has left a lasting impression for 36 years. God has called another daughter to come back home and live in her glorious mansion. To the Holloway Family take courage and be joyful in her homegoing.

  4. Mr.Holloway I am sorry I have just heard about your sister's death. I am the Susan who worked in the back at funeral home and retired shortly after you. Please accept my sincere condolence to you and the family.

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