John C. (Johnny) Johnson

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On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Johnny, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family at the age of 86. Johnny was born on October 18, 1931 in San Benito, Texas. He grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and joined the Air Force in 1950. He married the love of his life, Juanita Johnson, on September 13, 1951. Johnny is a veteran of the Korean war. After serving in the Air Force, he moved to New Mexico where he took up ranching, owned a mechanic shop and eventually became city manager of Carrizozo. In the mid 1980’s he moved to Cherokee, Texas where he owned and operated J & J Water Well Services until his  retirement in 2014. During his time in Cherokee he was very active with the volunteer fire department. He enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful Texas hill country wild flowers, slipping in a few cruises…ok several. And loved  spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by Juanita, his loving wife of 67 years; one son, Mark Johnson; two daughters, Sherri Onstead and Terri Brownlee and husband Darrick. He was PaPaw to nine grandchildren; Dawnette Thompson and Steve, Chad Onstead, Lacy Onstead, Dustin Brownlee and Rachel, Brittani Brownlee, Tyler Brownlee and Alexandria, Brandon Johnson and Niki, Delaina Mendez, and RaeLynn Salcido and Adrian; twelve great grandchildren and one on the way; one sister, Velma Brown and husband Bud. Plus, many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, W.D. and Ruth Spencer; one son, Weylin Johnson, a granddaughter, Michelle Onstead; one sister, Betty Dolan and two brothers, Richard Johnson and Billy Spencer. A celebration of life was held Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Cherokee Baptist Church with Shannon Bond officiating. Visitation was at 1:00 p.m. Memorial services followed at 2:00 p.m. Honorary pall bearers were Chad Onstead, Brandon Johnson, Dustin Brownlee, Tyler Brownlee, Chris Perry, and Victor Cross. A special thanks to Chris Perry, all the volunteer fire fighters and the wonderful individuals at Solaris. Memorials may be made to the Cherokee Volunteer Fire Department.

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