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W. Neil Johnson Jr.(1917 - 2013)

Johnson, Jr., W. Neil W. Neil Johnson, Jr. died on April 9, 2013 at Dallas, Texas, after a short illness. He was born May 22, 1917, in Corsicana, Texas to W. Neil Johnson Sr. and Louise Bonner Johnson. His sister was the late Betty Bonner Delavan of San Antonio. At the time of his death he was a resident of Presbyterian Village North in Dallas. Neil was married for forty years to Barbara Hull, his high school sweetheart, who died in 1980. He later was married to Mary Beth Kiebler until her death in 1997. He is survived by three children, Jo Anne Mitchell of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Dr. W. Neil Johnson III and wife Elizabeth of Alexandria, Virginia, and Barbara Louise Johnson of Dallas. Neil frequently quoted a verse from Proverbs which said that "His children's children are an old man's crown," and he was especially proud of his six grandchildren: Todd Mitchell, Leigh Johnson Russell, Michael Girard, Katherine Mitchell Richardson, Karen Johnson Morgan, and Stacey Girard Morgan. They gave him ten great-grandchildren in turn. Neil was educated in the Highland Park school system and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. During World War II, Neil served as a Special Agent of the FBI in the Denver and New Orleans offices. Following that service, he worked in the commercial banking and investment-banking field in Dallas. He retired in 1977 after many years at Southland Life Insurance Company, where he was Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. He also held similar positions in Southland Financial Corporation and in the Las Colinas Corporation. After retirement, he served for fourteen years on various boards of the Presbyterian Healthcare System, the predecessor of Texas Healthcare Resources and served as Chairman of the Board of Presbyterian Village North for its first five years of operation. He was always active in his church, serving as Deacon and Elder at both Highland Park Presbyterian Church and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday school, and serving as chairman on several Preston Hollow session boards. A memorial service and reception will be held in the McGowan Auditorium at Presbyterian Village North, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, the 13th of April, 2013. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Presbyterian Village North Foundation, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243, the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Foundation, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas, 75230, or the charitable organization of your choice.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 12, 2013
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