John "Johnny" Palmer Johnson, 77, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at The Oaklawn Chapel in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born April 14, 1935 in Empire, to Leonie Lilliman Johnson and Albert Johnson Sr. He graduated from Buras High School in Louisiana. He was a proud member of the U.S. Air Force
for over 20 years serving in both Korea and Vietnam. During his Air Force service he received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in explosive ordnance disposal. He continued his involvement with the Air Force as an active member of the Air Force EOD Master Blasters Association, enthusiastically attending the annual reunion in Crestview, Fla. Following his retirement from Air Force duty, he returned home to Louisiana entering the shrimping business, eventually moving to Jacksonville, Fla. in order to be close to his family. Johnny had a variety of interests; he attended Catholic Mass at NAS Jax, was an avid fisherman, and was appreciated by all for his Cajun cooking. Johnny was devoted to his family and was happiest watching his beloved New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars games with them.
He is survived by his son, Robert McGowan (Dana); daughter, Patricia Welch (Stewart); daughter, Susan Baldock; daughter, Kelly Guidry (Lee); and grandchildren, Rob, David, Christina, Kelsey, Jason and Brynnen; brother, Norman Johnson; brother, Martin Johnson; sister Mae Johnson; and sister Jeanette Voisin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.