South Florida mourns the loss of leading photographer, Hobbie “Sule” Johnson
For over 35 years, Sule Johnson was one of South Florida’s leading photographers, specializing in Wedding, Glamour, and Event photography.
By Charles Moseley
Hobbie “Sule” Johnson migrated from the City of Brotherly Love in search of warmer weather and to pursue a career in photography. South Floridians are morning his untimely death. After a recent battle with bone cancer, Johnson succumbed early Monday morning, July 27, 2015. He was 64-years-old.
Hobbie Arthur Johnson, Jr. aka ‘Sule’ was born June 18, 1951 to the late Hobbie Arthur Johnson and Ellen Gloria (Wiggins) Johnson. Johnson attended Simon Gratz High School.
Sule had three children by the time he attended CCP (Community College of Pennsylvania). Their names: Tamika, Kobie, and Tene, affectionately known to Sule as #3.
Sule studied computer technology at that college. Besides his passion for photography, he also had a passion for baking. Sule had other children early in his life; Juma and a set of twins, Kiesha and Aisha. Sule married and had two more children, Suliman and the baby, Lateefah.
Sule visited South Florida one winter from the harsh winters in Pennsylvania.
He realized what all of us South Floridians knew, often saying, “Why would anyone live anywhere else besides here?” his wife Dale recalled.
“Sule called his mother and told her he was not coming back to Pennsylvania to live,” his wife added.
Sule embarked on the new phase of his life here in South Florida.
After establishing Benchmark Studios and building a successful clientele, his life moved in still another direction.
He spent a short time in South Carolina to work for a corporation called Photography Studio. Sule also felt the environment would be more suitable to raise his two youngest children.
“If you knew Sule you may recall he never called anyone’s children “kids.” He believed that children are not animals and should not be referred to as such,” said Dale.
After a period of time, Johnson returned to South Florida, where he added Glamour Photography to his repertoire.
In recent years he established a new company called In Loving Memory Plaques, which he continued to operate along with his wife, at the time of his untimely demise.
Sule leaves to mourn his passing: wife, Dale; brother, Willie; three sisters, Sandra, Gloria, and Brenda; eight children; and a host of grandchildren, a great grand, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.