We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wade Funeral Home North
Leonerist Lamar Johnson was born on October 14, 1970 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL to the parents of Gwendolyn Johnson
and Glenn Holmes. He attended Miami Carol City Senior High School,
and at a young age, was signed to a record label.
A Musical Genius
Leonerist was raised around music and became inspired by music at an
early age as his mother was a singer and his father was a drummer. Music
ultimately became Leonerist’s life, and at the mere age of 19 years old,
Leonerist became a part of The Young and the Restless hip hop group. In
1989, the hit song “Poison Ivy” was released and went Platinum Gold,
followed by the hit song “B Girls” in 1990- both songs which paved the way
for Leonerist to begin his journey as a musician.
Leonerist became a well known artist in the city of Miami, and he surrounded
himself with other well known artists in the community. In addition to his musician
mindset, his charisma and popularity allowed him the opportunity to be signed to Poe
Boy Entertainment in the early 2000’s, and Leonerist’s album “The Power of Dollars” dropped in 2001.
Leonerist continued his musical life by helping, mentoring and motivating other artists to their full potential.
Leonerist was more than a songwriter or a rapper, Leonerist was an artist at heart and never lost his vision or
passion for music.
A Family Man
Leonerist found love and a best friend within a lifelong friend of over 35 years, Celeste Johnson, and they
married on October 7, 2019. He spent the remaining time in life being a loving husband, father, grandfather,
brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, and friend. Leonerist had a very outgoing personality that was contagious to
everyone he met. Leonerist was a comedian by nature, and he had the uncanny ability to find humor and
happiness in the most mundane life circumstances.
Over the years, Leonerist established a special relationship with God, and on September 10, 2022, in the
presence of family, the blessed soul of our dear Leonerist Lamar Johnson transitioned from Earth to Glory to
be with the Lord. He is our angel now and he will live on in our hearts forever.
Leonerist was preceded in death by his late brother, Thaddeus Laster, his grandparents, aunts, a few uncles and
a host of friends, and leaves to mourn his wife, Celeste Johnson, his parents Gwendolyn Johnson and Glenn
Holmes; his children, Leonerist and Lexus James, Ifaybeian Daney, Lavelle, Deshon and Elijah Johnson, Fabian
and Rachel Shepherd and Destiny Whitehead; his grandchildren, Javielle Johnson, Ella and Heaven James,
Akai, Ameir and Ezra Daney; his brother, Jervaris Laster (Sharee), and a host of other relatives and good friends.
When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready in heaven far above,
and that I would have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But when I walked through Heaven's Gates I felt so much at home,
when God looked down and smiled at me and told me "Welcome Home"
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.