Vernon Lee Johnson, Sr., 82 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Richard Murphy Hospice House. He was born on November 5, 1931, in Mamou, Louisiana. Mr. Johnson served in the United States Air Force and was retired from State Farm Insurance after 31 years as an insurance agent. He was a graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Southwestern Louisiana) and obtained his Masters +30 from Louisiana State University
. Mr. Johnson also taught and coached at Ponchatoula for 13 years. Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson; 4 children, Byron Douglas Johnson, Glenn Lee Johnson, Vernon Lee Johnson, Jr., and Gaye Marie Johnson Dykes; step-children, Denise Owens and Stephen LeJeune; 13 grandchildren, Michael Johnson,Steven Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Katie Johnson, Ally Johnson Lawhon, Cooper Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Vernon Lee Johnson, III, Brock Johnson, Kennedy Johnson, Brittany Dykes, and Ashlynn Dykes; 3 step-grandchildren, Angela Daniel, Trey Owens, and Tyler Owens; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Duplessis. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Gayle Pierrotti Johnson; parents, William "Riley" Johnson and Rena Fontenot Johnson and a sister, Lois Jean Johnson. Visitation will be held at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond on Monday, November 11 2013, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Tuesday after 9:00 am. Services will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am conducted by Rev. Joe Donakey and eulogy by Deacon Roger Navarra. Family request donations to Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, Post Office Box 111, Hammond, LA 70404. Interment will follow in Holly Gardens Cemetery, Hammond, Louisiana. A guest book is available at www.harrymckneely.com.