Zyhiem Tareem Terrell-Hartman was born on July 23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Keysha Jones-Hartman and Edward Terrell (JoJo). Zyhiem was one of thirteen children ( six maternal and seven paternal siblings. Zyhiem at a very early age was nicknamed “Johnny”. A name that stuck and suited him.
When Zyhiem was born, Uncle Leroy fell in love with this beautiful, bouncing toddler and went and picked him up nearly every weekend. One of thirteen? Every weekend? We agreed that we had room in our home and hearts for this special gift. That is how Johnny came to have two sets of parents. Johnny was a bright spark in our lives and was loved with every fiber we had. Together, we experienced many trips, vacations, air plan rides, events and life experiences.
Johnny was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. He applied himself and graduated from the 12th grade. Not only did he earn his diploma he earned certificates in Powered Industrial Truck Operators Safety, Lawn Mower/String Trimmer Safety Training, CareerSafe Interview Skills Training, PennDot Mandated Flagger Training, and a 10-Hour General Industry Course training. We were so proud of him and his accomplishments!
Johnny at an early age attended church and had a relationship with the Lord. He attended and participated in many programs and events at the Genesis Baptist Church located in the 6400 Block of Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia. Johnny was a member of the Youth Choir, Youth Usher Board and met with the Pastor and other youth on Fridays to discuss life issues.
Johnny loved football and was an integral part of the Pop Warner football league from the Frankford Boys Club. He loved basketball, boxing and video games. It was not strange to see Johnny in the kitchen fixing one of his signature meals. His favorite being, Buffalo Chicken Lasagna. He put his foot into it too!
Wherever Johnny went, he made friends. Johnny moved to Atlanta briefly and became employed by Guthrie’s. His friends there will miss him greatly. Whoever knew Johnny, came to love him, just as we did. Johnny was funny, silly and a pleasure to be around. When Johnny woke up in the morning, that meant you woke up too. He started each day with a loud yawn, loud music, a phone check and then he brushed his teeth. He was ready to start the day!
Johnny embraced the Islam religion in May, 2021. He carried his prayer rug with him wherever he went and worshipped Allah daily. Thank you Rashawn for all your help and prayers. Johnny touched so many of our lives and in so many different ways. We’ll miss him and those phone calls when he would call and say “You good? I’m good and I love you)!
Johnny leaves to cherish his memory his mother’s Keysha, Aunt Karen; father’s Edward (JoJo), Uncle Leroy; sisters, Yahnae, Camara, Quan, Kia, Shaniqea; brothers, Ryhiem, Kyhiem, Marchiem, Tajhiem, Marcus, Donovan, Jahaim, TJ, Nyssir, Yammir, and Terrell; grandmother, Roslyn Hartman; fifty three nieces and nephews, eight great nieces and nephews, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends. And we can’t forget the Zy squad, Lil Tony, Abdur, Morgan, Nae-Nae and Kaya.
He is gone but will never be forgotten!!!
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