Kenneth Travis Johnson Sr.
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Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr.

Memorial services for Mr. Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr. will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at New Life Community Church with Dr. Gary Baldwin officiating, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.

Mr. Johnson was born June 16, 1933 in West Palm Beach, Florida and passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at his home in Pineville, Louisiana.

Ken played baseball all his school years and upon graduation from High School, was drafted into the Army for 2 years at Fort Jackson in Columbia South Carolina. That is where he met his wife of 60 years, Lynn who at the time was attending the University of South Carolina. Joanna Lynn Ergle was studying education when they married March 11, 1955. After his stent in the Army, he started AAA baseball and played for 4 years until he was drafted into the "Big League" with the Kansas City Athletics. He played for the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series against the Yankees. He played four years with the Houston Colt 45's/Astros, where he pitched a no-hitter and lost the game. He played four years with the Atlanta Brave with Hank Aaron. He retired from baseball in 1970, and worked for Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida and then came to Pineville to work at Louisiana College as an assistant baseball coach. He was a deacon at his churches and at New Life Community Church, he had a very active nursing home visitation for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lynn, two sons, and one daughter, Ken, Jr, Rusty and Janet; grandchildren, Dr. Jason Johnson from Memphis, Tennessee, Kelly Bentley from Pineville, Beth Maurey from Pineville, Jennifer Phillip from Lake Charles, Jillian and Jalayne Johnson from Lake Charles; great grandchildren, Kassidy Bentley from Pineville, Collin Maurey from Pineville, Carter and Evan Phillip from Lake Charles and Eden Johnson of Memphis; brother, Ernest Henry Johnson, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest H. and Marjorie Lois Travis Johnson; sister, Shirley Zorzi.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Life Community Church, 4210 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303.

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Published in The Town Talk on Nov. 24, 2015.
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December 1, 2015
Rusty, saddened by the news of your dad. You and your family are in my prayers.
Margaret Lisenby
November 30, 2015
As you grieve, know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Mr. Kenneth Travis Johnson, Sr.

Your College of Education Family
University of South Carolina
November 29, 2015
Aunt Lynn, Kenny, Rusty, & Janet
My heart goes out to you and your families . Uncle ken is at rest now and though he's not here in person , there are so many wonderful memories to celebrate his life that we were privileged to be a part of . Love you all and will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Zorzi-Clements
November 29, 2015
My thoughts are with you, I was so sadden by this news , I have so many memories of uncle Ken , when I was 7 he wanted so badly to pull my tooth with a string that would be tied to the door , he even went as far as to offer me Doberman pincher puppy if I let him pull it ... Needless to say I pulled it myself , I also remember when I visited with my nana and we had thanksgiving at the house that year , he used to pull my nose with his hand and make me think the tip of my nose was in his hand but it was really his thumb, oh there so many memories, not to long ago my sister and I were looking at old photos and she sowed me one of his baseball cards that she has . my love and thoughts go out to the whole family , hopefully we can get in touch with eachother , love Krista 561 729-2608
Krista Zorzi
November 25, 2015
lynn and family,
Let your memories guide you during this time of sadness. I am so sorry to hear of Kens' passing.

Joanne Nottebart
November 24, 2015
Rusty, Ken, and Heather, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.
Chip & Sandy Turner
November 24, 2015
I wasn't fortunate to meet Mr. Johnson but saw him pitch when I was a youngster and he always gave his all on the mound.
After he retired and I grew up I wrote him various times and he signed and quickly returned all his old baseball cards I had collected.
To me he was one of those fellows who helped make baseball a great game. He pitched for the love of the game and appreciated the fans.
I thank you Mr. Johnson and I know you are in a better place and I'm sure you abided to Luke 14:11 in your lifetime.
jay draudt
November 24, 2015
Dr. Johnson: We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your family.
Lester & Debbie Coyle
November 24, 2015
Ken, Heather, and Rusty so sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you.
Becky Compton Landry
November 24, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Tina Aucoin
November 24, 2015
Dr. Johnson im very sorry for your loss. Dr. Johnson you and your family are in my prayers. May God comfort and bless you all.
James Fausphoul
November 24, 2015
Thank you for sharing your wisdom, love and kindness with all of us.
Bobby Seals
November 23, 2015
One of the greatest men and coaches ever. You will be miss Coach Johnson.
Ross Boyett
November 23, 2015
All Astros fans are saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones in their time of sorrow.
Darrell Pittman
November 23, 2015
May God bless you and your family during this time. I never met Mr. Johnson but I had written him several times as a member of the 1961 Reds.
Ron Martin
November 23, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 22, 2015
A great tree has fallen. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the great family of a great man. I enjoyed swapping baseball stories with Ken. He was a man of deep humility, and most greatly to be admired.
Dan & Beverly O'Reagan
November 22, 2015
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family members of Mr. Johnson. I admired him for his outgoing personality and his Christian witness.
Terry Martin
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