Gayle "John" Eugene Johnson, 78, of Altus, passed away early Sunday morning, Aug. 10, 2014, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus.
John was born in Lincoln, Neb. on Oct. 4, 1935. He graduated high school from Watsonville, Calif., and joined the United States Air Force. On Sept. 30, 1954, he married the love of his life, Anna Mae Norris, and they spent the next 59 wonderful years together before his death. While serving his country for 20 years and 20 days, John and his family were stationed in several different locations. In 1969, the Johnsons began Johnson Oil Company which he owned until the time of his death. A Christian businessman, John had a strong work ethic and was very involved in the Tabernacle Baptist Church as a youth leader. John enjoyed fishing and working on the family farm, but his most favorite times were spent with his family, whom he dearly loved, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as four sons, Gayle Jr., John, Lynn and Michael Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Anna, of the home; two sons, Retired USAF COL Bob Johnson and his wife Janis of Yorktown, Va., and Charlie Johnson of Altus; four grandchildren, Haley Johnson of Altus, Cassie Johnson of Altus, David Johnson and wife Meagan of Yorktown, Va., and Michael Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, Jadon Holmes, Austin Adams, Charlie Ann Adams, and Christopher Johnson; one sister, Sharon Maguson and husband Deon of Lincoln, Neb.; two brothers, Walter Creps and wife Brenda of Lincoln, and Jimmy Creps and wife Rita of Lincoln; along with many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at the Tabernacle Baptist Church with Pastor Greg Hawn, Pastor Madison Clinton and Bro. Synette Matthews officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the American Juvenile Diabetes Association in memoy of John Johnson.
Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com