March 8, 1929 – November 29, 2018
Aeron Footman, 89 of Washington, D.C., peacefully passed away on November 29, 2018 in Cheverly, Maryland. He was born to Johnny and Nettie Footman of Johnsonville, SC on March 8, 1929. Aeron did not have a formal education, as his parents required him to work to help support the family. Working never detoured him from meeting, and in some cases, exceed his goals. His natural curiosity to understand the mechanics in life, his gift to fix things and his drive easily made him the great man that we all knew and loved.
On January 7, 1949, he married his sweetheart, Ann Elizabeth Foster in Florence, SC. They moved to Richmond, VA to raise their family. Aeron worked several jobs to support his family: school bus driver, parking lot attendant and as a plumber. When the job market dried up in Richmond, he made the infamous trip from Richmond, Virginia To Washington, DC by foot to work. He slept under tarps, in bus station terminals, and couch-surfed as well as worked odd and end jobs until he raised enough money to bring his family to the Nation’s Capital.
Aeron was indeed one of God’s chosen vessels. He loved the Lord with all of his heart, soul, and mind. He joined the Nazareth Baptist Church in early 1952. At Nazareth, he developed a consuming passion for the Lord. He yearned for all things God, found satisfaction and fulfillment in God, and reprioritized his life so that he could achieve God’s purpose.
He was one of God’s minstrels. He could open the veil of the living God with worship. He was a self-taught guitarist who ushered in the presence of God with only a few cords. Every Sunday morning, he played his electric guitar for an audience of one – Jesus. In addition to his work in the church, he ministered on national platforms with Nazareth Baptist Church Mens’ Choir, Bonnet Harmonizers, New Royal Harmonizers, and the Mighty Shepherds of Joy.
Aeron is preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his daughter, Betty, his parents, Johnny and Nettie, his brothers, Leo, Jessie, Samuel, Soloman, Eddie, John, and Robert Footman.
He is survived by his children Veronica, Aaron Jr., Larry, Andy, Beverly, and Ricky Footman, a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, two sisters, Katherine Footman, Louise Roper
(James), one brother, Jimmy, two sister-in-laws, Georgia and Annie Footman, and a host of family and friends.