Joan Johnson

  • Died: September 6, 2019
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois


Joan Johnson

Co-founded pioneering black haircare company Johnson Products

Joan Johnson co-founded Johnson Products Company, the trailblazing black haircare line that included Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathy on your loss and may God comfort you during this difficult time. Such an accomplishment!

Posted by A friend   November 29, 2019

Johnson and Johnson as a African American I have used Johnsons products for years even when it was difficult to find products for our hair type Johnson was there. Mrs Johnson is in Gods hand now. The family has my deepest sympathy.

Posted by HV    October 21, 2019

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for her contribution to the beauty industry. I grew up using these products, she will be dearly missed. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2019

Posted by Brenda Galloway - Wilmington, NC - acquaintance   October 02, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family at this very sad time.
I have used your products successfully and they are appreciated.
Thank you,
Rest well

Posted by S. Downer    September 28, 2019

George, Eric, John, George, Jr. and all Family,

I offer my deepest condolences to the family. Joan will be deeply missed by all who loved her. She was a dedicated advocating trailblazer who willingly shared her expertise with others, and we appreciate her for sharing her vast knowledge with us.

Joan will always be remembered for her graciousness, elegance, amazing wit, great smile, beautiful sense of style, and vast knowledge on numerous subjects. Joan drew people to her and she was willing and ready to inspire them, console and advised when needed. Thank you, Joan. Your legacy will continue.

May you continue to treasure the good memories you have and may God give you strength and soothe your hearts during this difficult time. Psalm 23

Posted by A friend   September 27, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family who treated their employees as "family"! As a former employee who returned to my home in Charleston, SC I saw them when they hosted a JPC affair on Kiawah Island & their warmth was still there! (Also cruised on the African Queen) May God continue to bless all of you always! Ida Worix

Posted by Ida Worix - Charleston, SC - coworker   September 17, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Johnson family, so sorry for you loss, what a wonderful woman, she will truly be missed. The world has lost a phenomenal woman.

Posted by A friend   September 16, 2019

Condolences to the family of Mrs. Joan Johnson,

We hope that the endearing comments on this site brings a smile and a little sunshine to you while reading of how many felt about your dear Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Auntie, Friend, cherished family member.
Throw all of your sadness and distress on the Hearer of Prayers since he cares for each of you.

Posted by Ann Lin - NJ   September 15, 2019


Joan Johnson was a role model for young women growing up in Chicago. She was beautiful and I will always remember when I was a member of S.O.F. (Society of Friends) and we asked if she would entertain a group of Black Seniors living in nursing homes at the Johnson farm. She said YES and they had a great time going on a hay ride, spending the day at the farm and she served them a great lunch. WE will always remember that day with Joan on the farm. My prayers are with George and the Johnson family on the the lost of Joan. God Bless!

Posted by Florencia Madden - Benton Harbor, MI   September 15, 2019

Our hearts are saddened for the loss of your dearly beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was truly a beautiful Woman. May the Lord grant you all continuous love, peace and comfort. We know that you are so very proud of your Mother. She left a wonderful legacy, touching the lives of so many people through her great products, which we have used for many years!

MJ, Jackson Mississippi

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2019


My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family
Thanks for the excellent products.
May God comfort the family.

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the entire Johnson family. May God Bless and comfort you.

Posted by Karen Beal - Flossmoor, IL   September 13, 2019


Posted by Alishia - SC   September 13, 2019

To the family of one of Americas true iconic figures, Mrs, Johnson super-served her people both nationally and abroad. Where would we be without the vision, hard work and dedication of her immense contributions, working in tandem with her devoted husband? The products that emerged exemplified black pride and the reach of the company extended well beyond the company itself. The sponsorship of Soul Train was a prime example of the synergies created when cooperative economics forge a bond. Family, be proud! You have a lot to smile about today and forever more!!!

Posted by Daryl Doc Young - Blytheville, AR - friend   September 13, 2019

MY deepest sympathy to Mr. George Johnson and his family on the passing of Mrs. Joan Johnson.

Posted by William Stewart - Columbia, MO - acquaintance   September 12, 2019

I would like to say my condolences are with her family! Definitely grow up using Johnson products as child. You will be miss.

Posted by Pamela Bailey - Houston, TX - student   September 12, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by Supporters of the Products    September 12, 2019


My deepest sympathies to the entire Johnson family. Joan was true pioneer in the world of black enterprise. She was also an outstanding
human being in every way. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Dr. Ken Anderson - Alexandria, VA - friend   September 12, 2019

I was delighted to learn of Ms. Johnson's success, but I was sorry to hear of her suffering and death. May the God of all comfort console this family during your time of sorrow knowing that she is now peacefully sleeping awaiting the many blessings to come. (John 3:16)

Posted by Dianne Williams    September 12, 2019


In the 70s every black person I knew used AFRO SHEEN or ULTRA SHEEN, it was a big dea in those days and we were PROUD, to support our own business owners since there was so few that existed. JOHNSON PRODUCTS was important to our community and was advertised in commercials while watchg SOUL TRAIN, to say it was ground breaking is an understatement ..WHAT A LADY!!..I cant even begin to tell folks what she represents to us...THANK U..for showing the world it can be done..PRAYERS and BLESSINGS...MUCH MUCH LOVE❤❤

Posted by Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   September 12, 2019

My condolences to the family.

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2019


From the board Room in Heaven 89 yrs ago God sent a princess Angel to her proud parents and from another set of proud Parent came a prince Angel and they met and history was Blessed with the leading and first Arfro Amarican Business to traded on the stock Market with platinum success and that princess and prince became the power team the Nubian King and Queen in of the Craft taking a $250 dollar loan and growing it into a Mega Multi Million dollar Company and that was part of there heavenly assignment and the Queen lived many years and God said peace be still so the Queen could take her Rest. So to the Johnson Family your Matriarch Queen has earned her rest and you all be thankful she was yours all those years Aman.

Posted by JEFFREY PORTER - Chicago, IL   September 11, 2019

I grew up using her products and Im saddened by the loss. My deepest condolences to the friends and family.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2019

I am sorry for the loss. I have used the products for years.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2019

Ms. Johnson was a revolutionary in black hair products and women like me are very thankful for her products. My condolences to the Johnson family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the family. We appreciate everything Joan has done for the community. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to the Johnson family, what an amazing woman, truly a tremendous loss.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2019


RIP In Peace Ms. Johnson...Watu Wazuri Use Afro-Sheen!

Posted by Corey Mathis - Charlotte, NC   September 11, 2019


In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by - OH   September 10, 2019

Thank you Mrs. Johnson for using your God given talent to help others. Your job on earth is finished, rest easy in the Lord's arms. I am grateful what all that you did for the Black community. May God bless and keep your family strong. Through all, continue to Love and Trust Allmighty God .

Posted by Tina - Birmingham, AL   September 10, 2019

My condolences to the family. May she now rest from all her suffering.

Posted by A friend   September 10, 2019

Thank you for helping me look good and proud!

Posted by Hope - Hammond, IN   September 10, 2019


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Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   September 10, 2019

Rest in the Lord's tender arms Queen.

Posted by Annette Crawley - Newport News, VA   September 10, 2019

Condolences to the Johnson family and friends.

Posted by A friend   September 10, 2019

With deep sympathy to the Johnson family on the loss of Joan I send my prayers. May God bless and comfort you at this time. Acts 25:15

Posted by A friend   September 10, 2019


Posted by Freddie Rhett - Savannah, GA   September 10, 2019

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