Justin Joseph Louissaint, affectionately called J.J., was born on April 30, 1962, to Octavia and the late Vernel Paul Louissaint Sr. in Harlem Hospital, New York, NY. He grew up in the Lillian Wald Housing Development, on the Lower East Side during the 1970’s. Justin attended the New York City Public School System before relocating to California at the age of 12. There he graduated from James Monroe High School in North Hills, California.
While growing up in New York, Justin developed a passion for creativity; he especially loved rap music and dancing. He favorite artist was James Brown, and his favorite song was “Just a Touch of Love” by Slave. This passion eventually led him to become a popular DJ on the Lower East Side. This growing interest in music led him to relocate to California to further pursue his career in music. Justin also enjoyed playing basketball, practicing Kung Fu, and playing video games.
Justin possessed a joyful spirit and attitude about life. He would always encourage other young people to pursue their dreams and aspirations. You could always find him with a smile on his face, giggling and a twinkle in his eyes. Justin’s favorite food was Chinese food. So much so that he tried to master the art of cooking General Tso Chicken. He would often feed it to his kids although it was as quoted by his daughters “never very good.”
While living in California he met and married Cheryl Craney and to this union he had two daughters, Justine and Cher. He returned to New York with his family and developed an interest in driving. This led him to pursue a Commercial Trucking Career. Justin would eventually move to Kentucky with his family.
Justin possessed a special bond with his siblings and loved his family. We were always happy to see him on his visits back to New York. Justin was so happy when one of his nieces was born on his birthday.
Those loved ones left to cherish his memory are two daughters: Justine Louissaint and Cher Louissaint, son-in-law Alan Koressel, three grandchildren: Jahari Louissaint, Justice Williams, and Journey Williams, mother Octavia M. Oates, sister Arenia A. Miller, brother Vernel P. Louissaint Jr., brother Sherrod Evans, sister Donniece Jackson, step-father Rev. Dr. Lonnie F. Oates, step-mother Jacqueline Louissaint, aunt Phyllis Goodhall, three step-sisters: Sheran Williams, Connie Gadson, and Lucy Oates, four step-brothers: Marcus Oates, Christopher Oates, Patrick Oates, and Joseph Oates, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Justin was an angel on Earth. God blessed all who encountered his fun-loving spirit with the opportunity to be graced with joy and love. Justin’s legacy will live on through his daughters, grandchildren, and future generations to come.
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