Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Forest Park West. Open visitation will be 11 to 5 p.m., Friday at Heavenly Gates.
On September 8, 1951 in Shreveport, Louisiana, God blessed the late Elva Rambo and Reverend Garfield Johnson, Sr. with the arrival of their son, Louis Edward Rambo. In keeping with the meaning of his name, renowned warrior and being born with a veil, young Louis was an artistic wisdom-filled beacon of light and laughter to his parents and siblings. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Pujo Street. His love for working in ministry and praising the Lord would lead to a lifelong commitment to serving God as a Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon and Associate Pastor at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist and Pastor at Greater St. Davis Baptist Church.
After graduating high school, he attended trade school and channeled his inherited construction skills into a specialty in ceramic tile. His entrepreneurial spirit was quickly recognized and he opened one of Shreveport’s first minority-owned tile companies, Rambo Ceramic Tile. Louis was a highly sought-after Master Tile installer and was the lead contractor on several residential and commercial projects throughout the City of Shreveport and State of Louisiana.
In his early career years, a chance sighting on a city bus would indelibly change his life when he reconnected with a familiar acquaintance, Cheryl Johnson. They would soon become inseparable and everyone could quickly see the blossoming love between the two. Louis and Cheryl were married on October 23, 1976; thus, spanning some 45 years of unwavering love and commitment. To their union, they celebrated the lives of three beautiful and phenomenal daughters, Melanie Raquel; Natalyn Jolene and Jessica Elva Joyce. Without a doubt, Louis displayed unconditional “agape” love for his family. He was selfless and sacrificial in the support of his wife, daughters and five grandchildren: Megan Mahoney, Alexandra and Amber Smith and Mattias and Nathan Franklin.
Louis and Cheryl built a home sanctuary where they never hesitated to welcome or encourage family and friends who needed their support. He always had the coffee pot brewing, knew where to find the best Buffalo fish and would pull out the barbecue grill without a second ask. Louis was equally passionate about reading his Bible, prayer for others, a landscaped yard and a well-behaved dog.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Elva Rambo and Garfield Johnson, Sr.; one sister, Lula Hall; five brothers: Robert J. Jones; Deret Jones; Dr. Garfield Johnson, Jr; James Johnson and Willie B. Johnson.
He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy: his loving wife, best friend and soulmate, Cheryl Johnson Rambo; three daughters: Melanie Rambo; Natalyn Smith (Trevor); Jessica Rambo Franklin (Derrick); three granddaughters; Megan Mahoney; Alexandra and Amber Smith; two grandsons; Mattias and Nathan Franklin; three brothers, Ervin Jones (Anna) of Los Angeles, CA; Elmo Rambo (Doris) of Palmdale, CA; and Ruben Johnson (Bertha) of Waterford, MI and six sisters, Ardodia Perry (Ronald) of Plain Dealing, LA.; Sandra Carter Johnson of Riverside, CA; Clemmie Williams-Love (Bill) of Memphis, TN; Vera Landrum and Sherron Rambo of Shreveport, LA and Dorothy LeDoux (Oliver) of Houston, TX and a host of nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends. He will also be missed by his pets, Josie and Mia.
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