Former Phenix City-Central Basketball Star Ken “Silk” Johnson Passes Away


Central-Phenix City said goodbye to a legend. Ken “Silk” Johnson passed away Monday evening. He played basketball at Central High School and the University of Alabama. Johnson wore the number 32.

The 6’7″ forward earned the name “Silk” because of his smooth play. He was Alabama’s second leading scorer as a Freshman from 1977-78 (322 PTS and 108 RB in 27 games). He was named to virtually every All-SEC Freshman team in 1978. Johnson was the Crimson Tide’s third leading scorer as a sophomore (354 PTS and 121 RB in 33 games).

At Central High School, Johnson was coached by Red Devils legend James B. Redd, who passed away earlier this year on February 28, 2019. He was 75 years old. Johnson was one of two Central players to receive a scholarship to play basketball at Alabama. He joined Eddie Adams in that elite club. Johnson was a three-year starter at Central, was a two-time area Player of the Year and as a senior was named to the Super Five Team.

In 2019, Johnson was inducted into the Mother Mary Mission Inc.’s Legends Hall of Fame for his leadership-service and commitment to excellence.

He served as a P.E. Coach at Ridgecrest Elementary and coached a few years of basketball.

Johnson was born April 4, 1959 and passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the age of 60. The funeral will be held Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. eastern at Gaines Chapel A.M.E.


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