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John Elbert "Johnny" Johnson


1935 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
John Elbert "Johnny" Johnson Obituary
Teach us O Father to trust Thee with life and with death. And though this is harder by far with the life and the death of those that are dearer to us than our life. Teach us stillness and confident peace In thy perfect will, Deep calm of soul, and content In what Thou wilt do with those lives thou has given. Teach us to wait and be still, To rest in Thyself, To hush this clamored anxiety, To lay in Thine arms all this wealth Thou has given. Thou lovest these souls that we love, with a love as far surpassing our own. As the glory of noon surpasses the gleam of a candle. Therefore we will be still and trust in Thee.
November 24, 2015 John Elbert (Johnny) Johnson accepted the call, took his masters hand and joyously embraced the reuniting with his wife and son.
Johnny was born Oct. 24, 1935 to Susie and Robert Johnson in San Angelo. He attended Blackshear in San Angelo and graduated in 1955. He furthered his studies at Angelo State University where he met the love of his life, Lucy Wilson. They were married May 17, 1958. To this union three children were born, John Elbert Johnson, Jr. born March 5, 1959, Jacquelyn Elaine Johnson Martinez born Feb. 9, 1967 and Sheretta Kay Johnson born May 20, 1972. Johnny was employed at Sweetwater Country Club for 40 years. He began his career as a bartender. He was promoted to chef and ended his career as manager. Johnny and his wife Lucy also established one of the few African American owned businesses in Sweetwater, The Lamppost Restaurant and Club. He served as President of the Kiwanis Club. Johnny's passion for life was expressed everyday through his devotion to family and friends. His life was a shining example of the true meaning of husband, father, brother and friend. Johnny always showed generosity to others coupled with the gift of humor and the personality to make every new acquaintance a dear friend. Even though he has departed this life, we, the family will continue a loving relationship with him as we will always be surrounded by the special memories and love he shared with us.
The loving family members who will carry on his legacy are daughters, Jacqi Johnson Martinez and husband Freddie Martinez and Sheretta Johnson; four grandchildren, John Henry Mitchell, Heaven Grace Martinez, Harmony Faith Martinez and Zion Alexander Terrell; two great-grandchildren, Josiah Mitchell and Autumn Bliss Mitchell, all of Sweetwater; brothers, Joe Paul Johnson and wife Lillie of Irving, Henry C. Johnson and wife Alberta of Lubbock and Monroe Eugene Johnson and wife Sadie of Irving; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Susie Johnson; wife, Lucy Johnson; son, John Elbert (Butch) Johnson; brothers, Travis Johnson and Earl T. Johnson; and sisters, Bobbie Francis White, Mary Jordan and Alice Johnson.
Johnny had an authentic Christian faith and an unselfish love for his family and friends. Johnny will be greatly missed by his relatives and friends.
THANK YOU GOD FOR GRANTING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOVE AND KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN NOTHING LESS THAN AN INSPIRATION FOR EVERYONE WHOSE PATH HE CROSSED.
A celebration of Johnny's life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lamar Street Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Carey officiating. Interment will follow in Sweetwater Cemetery under the care and direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Tony Atkins, Tony Williams, Ryan Roberson, Rosslin Roberson, Reggie Moore and Harvey Jackson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lowell Williams, Robert S. Williams, Robert Bender and Morris Jones.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Dec. 4, 2015
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