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80-year-old sky cap at Tallahassee International Airport passes

80-year-old sky cap at Tallahassee International Airport passes
80-year-old sky cap at Tallahassee International Airport passes
Posted at 1:35 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 21:44:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tallahassee International Airport's favorite Skycap has died.

Affectionately called Mr. J, Ervin Johnson served as a sky captain for more than 27 years, greeting passengers with good-natured smiles since 1991.

He was often the first and last face travelers would see as they made their way through the capital city's airport.

And he was highly respected in the community.

"Mr. J was an absolutely wonderful individual," said Curtis Richardson, the mayor pro tem. "He gave all to what he did at the airport and made the traveling public feel special in the way that he would greet them, and assist them, during the time that he was there as a Skycap."

City leaders joined Mr. J, his family, and friends to celebrate his 80th birthday on March 16.

They declared March 17 a Tallahassee commemorative holiday in his honor.

One could say he gained his wings.