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Roosevelt Theodore Johnson, known as Brother Ted to his radio and television followers, died Monday (Oct. 28, 1996) in Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Johnson, 54, of Buffalo, for 15 years was the director of religious programming at WUFO radio, where he played gospel music on Sunday mornings.

For 10 years he was the host of "Brother Ted's World of Gospel" each week on WKBW-TV.

Born in Macon, Ga., Johnson moved to Buffalo in 1958 and attended East High School. He became a leader in youth gospel organizations, including the Buffalo Youth and Young Adult Community Choir and the Varson Community Choir. He later graduated from the University at Buffalo.

Johnson worked as service manager for Western Electric Co. for 13 years. Before that, he was employed by the Erie County Sheriff's Department, the City of Buffalo and the Private Industry Council, where he was an account executive.

But it was in religious broadcasting and religious and civic organizations that Johnson made his mark on the community. He received more than 70 awards and citations.

In 1983, he received the Communication/Media Arts Award from the Langston Hughes Institute. In 1977, the Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP presented him the Community Service Award.

Johnson founded the Love Train Gang Charity Organization in 1974 to assist victims of sudden tragedy.

He was the local and national public relations director of the Church of God in Christ and board member of its National Music Department.

He also was public relations director of the Community Coalition Against Violence and board chairman of the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ.

He was national vice president of the Gospel Music Convention, under the direction of the late Tommy Dorsey.

Johnson was a former Erie County Democratic committeeman and a volunteer at 1490 Senior Citizens Center.

He was a member of Local 1162, Communications Workers of America, and Local 1122, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians.

Survivors include his former wife, Pearl; two sons, Damion and Carson; three daughters, Felicia, Margo and Demario; four sisters, Margaret Campbell of New York City, Juanita Williams of San Diego, Betty Butts and Dorothy Kinley; and a brother, Harry Odom of Lake Charles, La.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ, 1075 Kensington Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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