Jovon Lee Shockley was born on February 5, 1982, in Salisbury, Maryland. He was the son of Clarence Smith and Franzella Shockley. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, he peacefully departed this earthly life to be reunited with the Lord.
Jovon was lovingly known as Joe, Josino, and Stump by his family, friends and other loved ones. He received his formal education in the public schools of Worcester County, and was a graduate of Snow Hill High School Class of 2000.
Jovon was employed with the Maryland State Highway Administration for five years, where he drove Truck Number 14-477, and operated other equipment. He was well respected and loved by his colleagues.
He received his Christian training at Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church at a young age. Growing up in a Christian household, he was well versed in Scripture and had strong faith and belief in God. He frequently sang gospel with the family group called Select. His three favorite songs to sing were, Rain, Wherever I Go, and I Give Myself Away.
Jovon was a quiet, and shy man of few words, yet he was the link of strength for his family and friends. He had an infectious smile and a memorable laugh. Although shy, Jovon’s eyes caught sight of the love of his life, Nikki Jackson, while working at a former job. Nikki sent a message through his mom to inform him that his brake light was out. Jovon’s response was, “Tell her to come tell me herself.” Shortly thereafter, they exchanged telephone numbers and began their courtship. After a ten-year courtship, the couple was united in holy matrimony on October 21, 2017. From this union, a new family was formed. Jovon became a husband, dad and pop-pop.
“Kicking it” with his boys was something he looked forward to daily. He enjoyed cleaning his car, going to the gym, and riding his four-wheeler, which he referred to as “my toy.” His favorite football team was the New York Giants. He told his wife, Tinikka, she had to convert from being a Steelers fan to a Giant fan. Being a smart and independent woman, Tinikka cheered for both teams. Spending time with his grandson was one of Jovon's favorite things to do.
Jovon leaves to cherish precious memories with his loving wife, Tinikka Jackson Shockley of Snow Hill, Maryland; son: Cedrick Johnson, daughter: Chasity Johnson, both of Snow Hill, Maryland; grandson: Cedrick Johnson Jr. of Fruitland, Maryland; mother: Franzella Shockley of Snow Hill, Maryland; father: Clarence (Linda) Smith of Harrington, Delaware; three sisters: Sherrell Six-Curry of Indiana, Ronnie Clark of Pocomoke City, Maryland, and Charity Shockley of Snow Hill, Maryland; two brothers: Craig Shockley and Joshua Shockley, both of Snow Hill, Maryland; loving grandmother: Elder Edith Shockley of Snow Hill, Maryland; mother-in-law: Joanne (Lawrence) Harris; father-in-law: Dawson (Vendetta) Johnson;sisters-in-laws: Tracy (Robert) Jackson, Tara Johnson, and Tenise Johnson; a brother-in-law: Dawson Johnson, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; godfather: Benjamin Ayres of Snow Hill, Maryland; three godchildren: Shamiaz Elsey of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Aysa Shockley and A’rian Powell of Snow Hill, Maryland; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended relatives and friends. Jovon had a special relationship with family and friends, which he considered his inner circle: Derrick Collick. Ronnie Shockley Jr., Craig Shockley, Jonathan Purnell, Myron Waters, Jordan Johnson, Daron Ames, Karon Faniel, Tyrone Foreman, Corey Hinman, Damon Hardy, Joshua Shockley, Larry Marshall, Trevon Johnson and Spergon Morton. They will deeply miss his comradery.
Jovon’s grandfathers: Robert Shockley Sr. and Clarence Smith Sr.; grandmother: Dollie Smith and grandmother-in-law: Pearl Jackson, all preceded him in death.
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