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Johnson, Anna

Oakland Remarks

A very sudden death occurred at the freedman church in this place last Sunday at 4 p.m. Anna Johnson, wife of Rev. Peter Johnson, (colored), while sitting in a chair in front of the pulpit, suddenly fell over and expired immediately. Cause: Paralysis of the heart. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1890, page 2

Johnson, Annie


Annie Johnson, mother of Eddie Smith, was buried in the Weimar Colored Cemetery Tuesday afternoon of this week after services at the A. M. E. Church here.

She died Saturday, Dec 2, at her home.

Davis Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1950, page 1

Johnson, Annie (Crebbs)

Our city, and people were greatly shocked last Tuesday morning to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. J. S. Johnson, nee Annie Crebbs, of Cleveland, Texas, her death occurring a few hours previous, She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Crebbs of this city. Her remains were brought here for interment Wednesday morning and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery. Miss Annie, as all our people called her, was married only a few short years ago to the man of her choice, and it is sad indeed to think that her happiness should be cut short so quickly. She was a most lovable lady, possessing an amiable, kindly disposition, so much that although the writer's acquaintance with her dated back from childhood, he never heard a word against her from anyone. She was beloved by all who knew her, and although a comparative stranger in her new home, she quickly won the esteem and friendship of all. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband and family. God pity and comfort them in their distress.

Weimar Mercury, February 7, 1903, page 8

Johnson, August

August Johnson Died At Farm Home Near Here Early Wednesday Night

Was Ill Only Few Days With Flu Which Developed Into Pneumonia; Body Awaiting Arrival Of Relatives By Auto From Iowa

Mr. August Johnson, about 65 years of age, died at his home between Eagle Lake and Chesterville at half past 7 o’clock Wednesday night of pneumonia.

He went to bed Sunday suffering with influenza, which developed into pneumonia. He was in town Saturday and is said to have told friends at the time that he was feeling badly and believed that he had the flu.

Mr. Johnson moved to Eagle Lake with his father and step-mother from Iowa in 1898, both his father and stepmother having died here.

Since moving to this section, Mr. Johnson has been engaged in rice farming, and made his home on his rice farm east of this city, where he lived alone.

August Johnson was a mighty pleasant man. He attended strictly to his own affairs and we have never heard one word ill spoken of him. For many years past, each summer he went North and remained with relatives and friends until fall.

As a youth he worked in a coal mine in Anges, Iowa, he and Mr. G. E. Thomas, Sr., of this city having worked in the same mine together fifty years ago.

The body is being held at the Eagle Lake Undertaking Company parlors for the arrival of relatives. Word received here Thursday afternoon was that two sisters and a brother-in-law had left Albert City, Iowa by automobile for Eagle Lake. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 25, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Funeral Services For August Johnson Are Held Sunday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mr. August Johnson, an account of whose death was printed in last week’s issue of the Headlight, were held from the Eagle Lake Undertaking parlors Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. N. G. Ozment, local Methodist pastor officiating.

Members of the Odd Fellows Lodge, of which he was a member, came in a body to the undertaking parlors, and the Odd Fellows conducted the services at the grave. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

The pallbearers were selected from the Odd Fellows and were Will Walker, Will Wagner, A. L. Baring, Ashley Walker, J. H. Miles and Louis Balas.

Mr. Gus Peterson of Strandsburg, South Dakota, Mrs. Will Challstron of Hills, Minnesota, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Bjorkland and Elmer Challstron of Albert City Iowa, sisters, brother-in-law and nephew of Mr. Johnson arrived here by automobile Saturday morning to be in attendance at the funeral of their relative. They asked that the Headlight express their sincere thanks for the many kindnesses shown them and for the beautiful floral offerings. The also asked that their thanks be extended to the members of the Odd Fellows Lodge, who showed so many favors and who were so kind during the illness, death and funeral hour of their relative.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 4, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Johnson, Bob


On last Friday, 22d inst. Sheriff J. L. Townsend received a telegram from the Sheriff of Wharton county to arrest a man who had stolen a horse in the latter named county, the telegram describing the man and horse. Sheriff Townsend being on the lookout, about 5 o’clock in the evening, on Friday, while being at the Courthouse door, he saw the man and horse described in the dispatch he had received, coming across the bridge from Alleyton. Townsend at once met the man in the street, and not being armed, engaged his man under pretense of trading for the horse, Townsend got on the horse to try him, and meeting Mr. O. H. Crebbs, sent him (Crebbs) to the jail after his pistol. Townsend then commenced trading with his man for the horse; and they finally agreed upon a price, about which time Mr. Crebbs returned from the jail with Townsend’s pistol. Townsend then told his man in front of Zwiener’s saloon, that he just wished to speak to a friend a few moments, meaning Crebbs, when Townsend and Crebbs stepped into Mr. Kauffmann’s store near the former saloon, and Townsend got his pistol from Crebbs, by which time Townsend’s man had also come to the front of Kauffmann’s store, and Townsend saw at once that his man had become suspicious, and he Townsend, then told his man, there is no use talking about the horse trade any longer, for I have a telegram to take the horse and arrest you for the theft of it. The man then thrust his hand in his bosom, Townsend then drew his pistol and told the man not to draw his pistol, the man looked Townsend in the eye a second, when all of a sudden he jumped aside fired at Townsend, and started to run, as soon as the smoke cleared away sufficient so Townsend could see, he shot the man in the side, the man then made behind a tree and fired on Townsend, shooting Townsend in the calf of the right leg, and from that on both kept up the shooting.

Townsend untying[sic] his pistol and getting another, and the man trying to reload his, but became so weak and fainted away--the shooting then was over. Townsend was carried home, and is yet suffering very much, the ball having not yet been extracted. The man died at the Hospital next morning at 10 o’clock, and gave his name as Bob Johnson, from Karnes county. [Place of interment unknown]

LATER.--Townsend is improving rapidly and will be up and able to attend to the duties of his office in a few days.

Colorado Citizen, October 28, 1886

Johnson, Calvin Lee


Calvin Lee Johnson, 50, of Hitchcock, passed away April 20 at Cornerstone Hospital in Webster.

He was born in Weimar, June 13, 1953, to Clester and Doris (Rhodes) Johnson. He was a member of Living Word Community of First Baptist Church in Hitchcock.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; and a sister.

He is survived by daughters, Tameka and Doris Johnson of Houston; sons, Kevin, Damien and Calvin Johnson Jr. of Houston; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Margie Johnson of Houston, Wayne and Ruth Johnson of San Antonio and Walter and Jessica Johnson of Hitchcock; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Eldridge Gee of Hitchcock, Maxine and Ronnie Woodard of Hitchcock and Debora and Earnest Anderson of Weimar; sisters-in-law, Kathryn and Gwendolyn Johnson of San Antonio; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m., May 1 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Glidden with Mardean Fields officiating. Interment will follow at Shepherd Memorial Cemetery in Glidden. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9-11 a.m.

Pallbearers scheduled are Leslie Williams, Eldridge Gee, Michael Williams, Robert Johnson Jr., Wilbert Rhodes and Jerome Rhodes.
Honorary pallbearers are Vernon Woodard, Lee Jordan, Bobie Jordan, Edward Williams, Clester Johnson and James R. Rhodes.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Johnson, Carey


Carey Johnson, the oldest of eleven children born to the late Lewis Johnson and Jennie Johnson. Brother Johnson, one of the oldest citizens of Columbus, was born April 28, 1894 in Colorado County.

He was married to Minnie Johnson who preceded him in death. To this union six children were born.

He was a loving and caring father, and was a faithful member of St. Paul U. M. C. until he departed this life July 23, 1984.

He leaves to cherish his memories: five daughters, Mrs. Mable Sample and Mrs. Edna Hurd of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Lucille Chase of Columbus; Mrs. Vivian Albertius of San Antonio; Mrs. Joyce Baldwin of Houston; one son, Willie Johnson of Houston; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, I great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Frederick of Houston; Mrs. Mamie Sneed of Bay City; four brothers, Chester Johnson of Bay City; V. L. Johnson of Houston; Roosevelt Johnson and L. V. Johnson of Columbus; a host of neices[sic], nephews, and other relatives and friends. [Interment Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1984, page 2

Johnson, Claude S.

The Sheridan Column

The fourth of Juy was marred by the untimely death of Claude Johnson.  Claude was struck by lightening while he was gathering the last few bales of hay in a hayfield just west of Sheridan.  Graveside services were held Sunday, July 2, at Cheetham Cemetery.  The services were conducted by Rev. Bernie Helge.  Claude was a member of the Baptist Church of Sheridan.  He was born May 8, 1936 in Colorado County, and was preceded in death by his mother, a sister and two brothers.  Surviving are his father, Robert Johnson of Bay City, Mrs. M.O. Gates, his sister of Laurel, Miss., and two brothers Lorance Johnson of Sheridan and Jesse Boyd Johnson of Bay City.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family in this loss. 

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1978
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Johnson, Dale Wesley

Funeral Services For Dale Johnson

Funeral Services for Dale Wesley Johnson were held Thursday, April 22,1982 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating.

Burial was at the church Cemetery

Mr. Johnson, 79, had lived in Fayetteville for the past 12 years and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg.

Born to O. L Johnson and Emma Johnson on March 30, 1903 in Manor, Texas, he married Hattie Hartfiel on October 26, 1939 in Frelsburg.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie Johnson of Fayetteville; one daughter and son-in-law, La Verne and James Koib of Friendswood; and one sister, Edith Johnson of Elgin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

New Ulm Enterprise, May 6, 1982, page 1

Johnson, Dandridge


Our county has lost heavily of its older citizen the past week. On the 28th Mr. Dan Johnson living on the Crasco, departed this life at the family residence. He was in his 67th year, a quiet, unobtrusive citizen, with many friends. He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his demise. [Interment in Oakes Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1893

Johnson, Earna "Almania" (Williams)

Earna Almania Williams Johnson

On May 10, 1914, the 11th child born to Bob Williams and Martha Mahalia Nicholes Williams arrived in the town of Garwood, Texas. The proud parents named their daughter, Earna Almania Williams. Known to most as Aint Mania, Granny, Tom or just Almania, she lived her life in Garwood where she had a son she named Johnny Span. Almania later met and married Frank Smith, and during this union they had a daughter they named Ruby Lee Lydia Mae Smith. Around 1938 Almania married her devoted husband, Thessie Johnson, and they were united for 67 years. Her mother and father, son and daughter, and all siblings preceded her in death.

She gave her life to God and united with South Point Baptist Church, and later moved her membership to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where she remained until her departure. Almania was best known for her cooking, caring and rearing of her many nieces, nephews grandchildren, great-grand and great- great- grandchildren. She was also very well known for speaking her mind to everyone and anyone whom she met.

She leaves to morn her passing, her husband Thessie Johnson; grandchildren Johnell Williams, Gail Henderson and Robert Watson, Debra and Marion Murray; her great grandchildren Anita Ware, Earl Elton and Valarie Jolivett, Diedra and Emile Payne, Telicia and Gerald Williams Sr., Nicole and Torn Smith, Patrick and Keandra Henderson Jr., Morna Henderson, Kenneth and Remicia Williams; her great-great grand children Erica Jolivett, Eric Jolivett, Gerald Jr., Aquann, and LaTaijah Williams, Christian Smith, Jayden and Jordan Shand, Teldrick, Kierra, Khamron, and Patriciana Henderson, and Mya Williams. Nephew/son Robert Gibbs (Pops), Niece/daughter Doretha Pope and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Granny, you have been with us for many years
So it's hard for us to face our fears.
Letting go is so hard, but we know you are with the Lord.
We will miss you and always love you
but we know we will see you again. [Interred at Williams Paradise Cemetery]

From funeral program
Contributed by Debra Murray

Johnson, Edward Sr.

Edward Johnson, Sr.

Edward Johnson, Sr. was born May 26, 1928 in Blueridge, Texas to Monroe Johnson, Sr. and Clara Matthews Johnson.

Mr. Johnson, a Master Mechanic who was employed by the John W. Mecom Corp. for 45 years, was educated in the public schools of Matthews and was a member of Greater Barbour's Chapel Baptist Church.

Mr. Johnson passed from this earthly life Saturday, April 19 at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Louise Johnson; his sons, Willie James Johnson, Sr. (Joan) of Missouri City, Edward Johnson, Jr. of Texas City and Anthony Johnson (Tracy) of LaMarque; his grandchildren, Willie Johnson, Jr., Warricke Johnson, Jamaye Brockett, Ashley Johnson, Tellea Brockett, Abel Sambrano, Brittany Sambrano, and Cortney Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Armani Johnson and Mason Alexander; nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at Greater Barbour's Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City with Pastor James E. Brown, Sr. officiating. Interment followed at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster. Arrangement entrusted to Mainland Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Charles Crockett, Vernon Thompson, Jr., Jeremy Parker, Randy Mouton, Allred Bell, and Trinidy Parker.

Honorary pallbearers were Willie James Johnson, Jr., Leonard Williams, Joseph Mouton, Jr., Warricke Johnson, Melvin Williams, and George Cash.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 1, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Johnson, Edward L.

Edward L. Johnson

Edward L. Johnson,72, a resident of Boston, Mass. passed away April 1 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born Feb. 15, 1937 in Holly Springs, Miss. to Annie Mae Cowan Johnson and Fred Johnson. He was raised in Boston and attended Boston public schools. He accepted Christ as his personal savior at an early age.

He married Eddie Collins Johnson on April 8, 1972.

He received an electrician certification from ITT Technical Institute and was later hired by Harvard University where he retired after 32 years of service.

He loved listening to blues and gospel music, playing the piano, organ, guitar, singing and reading. He especially enjoyed having fun with his family and friends at his favorite mountain site in New Hampshire.

A good game of chess with his oldest son, Ahmad, was also a favorite pastime.

He is survived by his children, Lorraine (Ivor) Davies, Ahmad (Michelle), Kanya (Jimane) Nelson, Saphaidra (Horces) Pierre, Titus and Markcus (Suyapa Aba) Seals; grandchildren, Yolanda, Tina, Amari, Briyanna, Jiasi, Selah and Horces, Jr.; host of in-laws; best friends, Charles (Chuck) Smith, Jerry Perrino and Jean Claude; loving Trinidadian family and sister Ma Ingrid (Roy) Isaac, Mother Dubose; along with countless other family and friends.

Funeral services took place at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church April 9 with the Rev. Jimane Nelson and the Rev. J. Hargrove, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Travis Collins, Hubert Collins, Percy Coleman, Raymond Moore, Nathanial Davis and Ben E. Vinson.

Honorary pallbearers were his uncles, nephews, cousins, in-laws, Next-Generation Secure Computing Base Brother-hood and the Columbus High School varsity basketball team

Colorado County Citizen, April 15, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Johnson, Elizabeth (Mullin)

Former Oakland Resident Buried

Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson of Houston, formerly of Oakland, was buried in City [Weimar Odd Fellows] Cemetery here last Saturday afternoon.

The former Miss Elizabeth Mullens, she had been gone from Oakland for about 35 years. She is survived by three sisters and three daughters. No further information about her was available.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1949

Johnson, Ella (Bunkley)

Only Centenarian Known in County Dies Monday

Ella Johnson of Shaw’s Bend, who attained the age of 100 Feb. 14 and who was the only known person of that age in Colorado county, died Monday night at the home of her daughter, Susie Johnson Edwards, in Shaw’s bend.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Smith Chapel Baptist church in Columbus, the Rev. R. B. Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Shaw’s Bend. Ben Davis Funeral home will be in charge.

Ella lived to see the 5th generation of her family. She had been blind for about 10 years. She was the mother of 6 children only 2 of whom are now living

Born in Georgia 2 years before slaves were freed, she was a daughter of Russell and Martha Bunkley, slaves of the Bunkley family. She had lived in Shaw’s Bend for 45 years.

Besides the daughter, she is survived by a son, Ernest, also of Shaw’s Bend; 5 grand children, 9 great--grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, March 28, 1963, page 1

Johnson, Frank

Cullings From Cheetham

Frank Johnson, who was sick, and mention of which was made recently, died last Sunday night and was buried the following day. Your scribe extends sympathies to the bereaved. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 6,1903, page 4

Johnson, Frank Julian

Frank Johnson Funeral Services Held Oct. 14

Frank Julian Johnson, 82, of Weimar died Oct. 11 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center due to congestive heart and kidney failure. Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Gresham officiating. Interment followed in Weimar Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was born May 26, 1917 to Johnny C. Johnson and Mary A. Campbell in Pine Prairie, La.

He attended Pine Prairie High School and Married Alice Mae Powell on Dec. 27, 1939 in Houston.

He served his country in the United States Army from Oct. 29, 1942 until Dec. 23, 1945 in the Armored Division, receiving two Bronze Stars, and an Accommodation medal personally presented by President Truman.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Weimar and the First Baptist Church of Schulenburg. He was a gasket manager at U-Tex in Weimar.

Mr. Johnson was a resident of this area for approximately 40 years also living in Houston.

He is survived by: siblings, Louis A. Johnson of Weimar, Vivian J. Reid of Clarksdale, Ark., Lou Banks of Harvey, La. and Maxine Ferry of Harahan, La.
He was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters and two brothers.

Pallbearers were Veterans of Foreign Wars members.

The Weimar Mercury, October 21, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Johnson, Harriet Barbara (Stafford)

Houston Post: Mrs. Hattie B. Johnson, aged 62 years, died on Twentieth street, in Houston Heights, yesterday (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock after a short illness. She was residing with her son, R. A. Johnson, at the time of her death. The remains will be shipped this morning by C. J. Wright & Co. to Columbus, the old home, for interment. [in Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Mrs. Johnson had resided in Houston Heights for a number of years. She and her husband with their family removed there from Eagle Lake,where they had resided many years and where Mr. Johnson had been a successful planter. The husband died a couple of years ago at a ripe age. Mrs. Johnson is survived by three sons, one of them in business in Houston Heights; three daughters, a sister and a brother. The community in which she had resided so long and where she had formed many close friendships was greatly shocked over the news of her death. She was an estimable lady and loved by all who knew her.

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1907, page 1

Johnson, Harriet Bruce

We sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Johnson of Eagle Lake, in the loss of their ten months old child last Sunday. The little innocent was buried here [Odd Fellows Rest] on Monday, amid the tears of its kindred, and sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Colorado Citizen, October 18, 1883

Johnson, Harrison James “Sloppy”

Harrison James "Sloppy" Johnson

On July 3 at 8 p.m. a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend answered his call to eternal rest where he joined the other Saints of God.

Harrison James Johnson, affectionately known as "Sloppy" was born September 22, 1949 in Eagle Lake the son of Alfred Thomas and Betty Jean Christal Johnson.

He was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School in 1968 and also attended Prairie View A&M University. He accepted Christ at an early age, was baptized and united with the Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Singleton.

Harrison married Melva Shropshire in 1969, and to this union a son was born.

On April 7, 1972, he met and united in matrimony with Ruby Jewel Upson and to this union a daughter was born.

Preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; he leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted and loving wife of 34 years, two months and 26 days, Ruby Jewel Johnson; devoted son and daughter-in-law, Byron and Charlotte Johnson of Houston; a devoted daughter, Alana Johnson of Eagle Lake;

Four grandchildren, Terrance, Byron II, Brandon and Jaayla; two sisters, Lois (Herbert) Scott of La Marque and Rachel Flowers of Eagle Lake; and the "Big Brother" he never had, Allen Aldridge, Sr.; nephew, Rodney O'Neal Williams, Sr. (Darlisa) of Corpus Christi; niece, Maria (Anthony) Dupree of La Marque; aunts, Martha (Charles) Seller of Galveston and Eliza Holley of Carson, California; uncle, Marvin Christal of Eagle Lake; Mother-in-law, Earleen Upson of Eagle Lake; in-laws, Aberleen (Rev. Nathaniel Lemons), Marcella (Arthur), Jessie (Diane), Cordis (Carlene), Oliver (Renae), Edward (Eva), Malcom (Marsha), Raymond and Odessa (David) all of Eagle Lake; host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and devoted friends.

Homegoing celebration was held Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. from Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Thomas E. Kuykendall, eulogist. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery-North. Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Oliver Thomas, Edward Thomas, Kevin Bradley, Anthony Dupree, Allen Aldridge, Jr., Donald Spears, Malcom Thomas, Ronnie Carroll, Harrison Batiste, Sr., George Black, Jimmy Foster, Jr., and Louis Barrow, Sr.

Honorary pallbearers were Herbert Scott, Byron Johnson, Sr., Allen Aldridge, Sr., Rodney Williams, Gerald Robinson, Paul Jackson, Cordis Upson, Thurman Black, Clodis Christal, Allen Hurd, Marvin Christal and Oscar Gordon.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 13th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Johnson, Harry


Harry Johnson, 82, of Columbus, passed away Sept. 26 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born in Shaws Bend community, Oct. 3, 1921 to Leslie and Josephine Johnson. He grew up and attended school in Shaws Bend and was a member of the Columbus First Church of the Nazarene.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ollie Nelson, Alice Miller and Viola Woods; brothers, Leslie Johnson Jr. and Douglas Johnson; and son, Harry J. Johnson.

He is survived by friend, Aubry Carter.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 29 at Columbus First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Michael Thompson, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Shaws Bend Cemetery.

Relatives and friends served as pallbearers and his nephews were honorary pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, October 6, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Johnson, Harry E.

Sheridan News

Our sympathy to the family of Harry Johnson who lost his life in a drowning at Lake Sheridan August 20.  Mr. Johnson was 49 years of age and is survived by his wife Maudie; a daughter Sue and a son Derwyn of Sheridan.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. August 22 from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake to the first Baptist Church in Sheridan with the Rev. Victor Edge of Gonzales officiating.  Interment was in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan. 

Colorado County Citizen, August 31, 1972
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Johnson, Hattie E. (Hartfiel)

Johnson Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Hattie E. Johnson of Pasadena were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 1992 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Alfred Schulz officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson passed away June 2 in Pasadena Care Center. She was 87 years of age.

Born in Frelsburg February 23,1906, she was the daughter of Otto E. and Frieda Hartfiel. She married Dale Wesley Johnson October 26, 1939 in Frelsburg and they resided in the Fayetteville area most of their married life. She had resided in Pasadena since 1986. Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter and son- in-law, LaVerne and James Kolb of Friendswood; granddaughter and her husband, Pamela and Harry Waycasy of Webster; grandson, Warren J. Kolb of Friendswood; great granddaughter, Amber Renee Waycasy of Webster; sisters Lillian Guinn of Pasadena and Estella Huebner of Welcome.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Alfred and Arnold Hartfiel; and two sisters, Elizabeth Boyd and Adele Fountain.

Services were under the direction of the Knesek Chapel of Fayetteville and Koenig-Peel Funeral Home of La Grange.

New Ulm Enterprise, June 11, 1992, page 4

Johnson, Henry Lee

Henry Lee Johnson Of Eagle Lake ls Buried April 14

Funeral services for 91-year-old, Henry Lee Johnson of Eagle Lake were held at the Methodist church there Saturday afternoon, with burial in Lakeside cemetery. Rev. Harold .D. Goodenough, pastor of the Eagle Lake Methodist church, officiated, assisted by a pastor who formerly served in the Eagle Lake church.

Mr. Johnson died at his home late Friday. A native of Columbus, he was born Nov. 6, 1864, the son of Robert Branch and Martha Ophelia Johnson. His father was one of the drivers on the old Chisholm cattle trail to Abilene, Kans,

Ranch foreman for Robert Stafford for many years, Mr. Johnson later went into the cattle business for himself. He moved to Eagle Lake in 1898, but went back to Altair several years later and became a partner of Col. Ike T., Pryor in the Mascot Land and Cattle co. The partnership lasted 23 years,

He was married to Miss Hattie [Mattie] Lee Reed ___ 11, 1897, and the couple had 4 children, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Ruth Mobley of Texas City, C. E. Johnson of Altair and Lee Reed and Miss Ophelia Johnson of Eagle Lake. His widow also survives.

Mr. Johnson was one of the first directors of the First State bank of. Columbus and later was a director of the Eagle Lake State bank. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, servIng as a steward for more than 40 years.

Colorado County Citizen, April 19, 1956

Johnson, Henry M.

Eagle Lake Advertiser: A small child of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Johnson died at an early hour Thursday morning and the little body was shipped here for burial on the evening Aransas train from Altair. They have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their sad loss. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1902, page 8

Johnson, Henry Madison

Houston Chronicle: The death of Mr. H. M. Johnson aged 70 years, occurred this morning at the family home in Houston Heights. The remains have been prepared for burial by Charles J. Wright and will be shipped to the former place of residence of the deceased, Eagle Lake, for interment. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

A wife and several grown children survive.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1905, page 5

Eagle Lake Headlight:
A widow, in looking over her dead husband’s papers, found hundreds of unpaid bills, some of them out of date. She sent two of them, for small amounts, both out of date, to the debtors. One man laughed and said, “That bill is out of date.” Though he acknowledged to having worn the shoes, which had cost $5, he would not pay for them. The other man in two days sent the amount of the bill and voluntarily enough to cover interest. This man was Mr. Henry Johnson, who died last week. We offer this tribute to his honesty. In this small matter, he proved that he was one of those the poet calls the “Noblest work of God.”

Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1905, page 1

Johnson, Hensley Andrew

Hensley Andrew Johnson

Hensley Andrew Johnson of Rock island died June 16 at Sweetbriar Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

Services were held on Father's Day at the Rock Island Baptist Church. The eulogy and sermon were delivered by Rev. R. L, Cook. Special music was presented by Carl Mllentz accompanied by Wynona Wright. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Ruby Hassett Johnson, daughters, Gloria Spann of Columbus and La Venne Johnson of Austin; granddaughters, Sheryl Spann of Houston and Jeannie Spann of La Porte and great grandson Noel Spann of Victoria. A grandson, Jerry Spann, preceded him in death December 25, 1977.

Pallbearers were Albert Pargac, Herman Pargac of Victoria, John Williams of Garwood, Elmer Larson, Lonnie Owers, Dan Hooper Jr., all of Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22,1878, page 2


Johnson, Jennie (Slack)

“Aunt Jennie” Johnson, 80-year-old colored woman of this city, had a paralysis stroke a few days ago, and on Tuesday was reported in a precarious conditon. At her advanced age very little hope is held out for recovery.

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1937, page 1

Jennie Benson[sic], aged about 70 years, of this city, died and was buried here first of the week.

Weimar Mercury, Aug 20, 1937, page 1
[No Jennie Benson died in the Weimar area in 1937, DA]

Johnson, Jesse H.

Funeral services for Col. Jesse H. Johnson, verteran American diplomat, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leo V. Hahn, in Houston at 7:oop.m. Thursday, were laid to rest at Odd Fellows Rest with Rev. W.A. Butt of the Episcopal Church at Wharton officiating Friday afternoon.   The body was brought to Columbus over the Southern Pacific Lines by the J. B. Earthman Company accompanied by Houston relatives.   Col. Johnson, once sheriff and tax collector of Colorado County, had been in the U.S. diplomatic service for twenty-five years.   He was appointed consul first by President McKinley and reappointed by the succeeding presidents, republican and democratic.   He was a prominent figure in the republican party, but retired from public life about five years ago.   During his service, Col. Johnson had been consul at Coaticook, Quebec, Swansea, Wales; Matamoros, Mexico; Santos Brazil and Regina, Saskatchewan.   He had lived in Houston with his daughter, Mrs. Hahn for the past five years.   Col. Johnson's great grandfather, Joseph Johnson was the first governor of Virginia, the great grandfather of his wife, the former Mrs. Laura Harbert, the governor of the Colony of Carolina.   Mrs. Johnson died ten years ago.   Survivors are three daughters:   Mrs. Hahn, Mrs. P.K. Baker of Dallas and Mrs. Henry G. Kelly of Boston; a stepson, J. Alvey Harbert of Columbus and three grand daughters, Mrs. Trula Harbert Wells (R.R.) of Brownsville, Mrs. Charles Horton of Houston and Miss Judith Sage Kelly of Boston

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 1928, p. 1

Farmer Citizen of This Place Buried Here

Funeral services for Col. Jesse H. Johnson, veteran American diplomat, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leo V. Hahn, in Houston, at 7:00 pm Thursday, were held at the Odd Fellows rest here with Rev. W. A. Butt of the Episcopal Church of Wharton officiating, Friday afternoon. The body was brought to Columbus over the Southern Pacific Lines by the J. B. Earthman Company, accompanied by Houston relatives.

Colonel Johnson, once sheriff and tax collector of Colorado County, had been in the United States diplomatic service for 25 years. He was appointed consul first by President McKinley, and reappointed by every succeeding president, republican and democratic. He was a prominent figure in the republican party, but retired from public life about five years ago. During his service, Colonel Johnson had been consul at Coaticook, Quebec, Swansea, Wales, Matamoros, Mexico, Santos, Brazil, and Regina, Saskatchewan.

He had lived in Houston with his daughter, Mrs. Hahn, for the past five years.

Colonel Johnson’s great grandfather, Joseph Johnson, was the first governor of Virginia, and the great grandfather of his wife, the former Mrs. Laura Harbert, was governor of the colony of Carolina. Mrs. Johnson died 10 years ago.

Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Hahn; Mrs. P. K. Baker of Dallas and Mrs. Henry G. Kelley of Boston, Mass.; a stepson, J. Alvey Harbert of Columbus; three granddaughters, Mrs. R. R. Wells of Brownsville, Mrs. Charles Horton of Houston and Mrs. Judith Sage Kelly of Boston.

Active pallbearers were O. A. Zumwalt, Henry Hahn, Charles Kunze, R. R. Haddon, Frank Auerbach and W. H. Miekow. Honorary pallbearers were M. D. Anderson, Tom McDonald, C. K. Horton, John Wilson, Col. R. C. Duff, A. M. Waugh, R. G. Heyser, J. W. Fischer, Bassett Blakely, A. E. McGill, R. W. Archer, H. A. Townsend, H. Braden, John Duncan, Dr. James Byars, George Best and E. S. Heyser.

Colorado Citizen, March 22, 1928

Johnson, Jim


Death visited our community among the colored folks, when Jim Johnson passed out of this life about midnight, January 21st. Jim had lived with Mrs. F. A. Tanner for over thirty-five years continuously, with the exception of three months. Jim had suffered with the flu, and had gotten up, but wasn’t strong, and it seemed that heart failure caused his death. However, the day he died he felt better than usual and did the chores around the house for Mrs. Tanner. He was about 53 years old, and was buried by the colored Odd Fellows at the City Cemetery. The colored folks will miss him, and his white folks were not ashamed to shed tears of sorrow over his death. Among Mrs. Tanner’s family, he was considered a man whose honesty, uprightness and trustworthiness was beyond question. Jim was one of the older colored folks who is fast passing away, and we are sorry to lose him. His race could well be proud of him.--Colorado Citizen.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 8, 1919, page 10

Johnson, Jo (Johnson)


Jo Johnson, 52, of Columbus passed away Oct. 29 at her residence.

She was born in Colorado County Oct. 17, 1955 to Nathan "Nate" and Patience (Brown) Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Beatrice Johnson; sister, Virginia Dabney; brothers, Otis Carter and Clarence Robinson; and aunts, Lola Montgomery and Cornelius Washington.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Johnson; children, the Rev. Vernon "Mark" Johnson, Naketra "Coco" Johnson and Ta'Vion "Daddy" Johnson; Godson, Joe Anthony Holmes; sisters, Betty Jean McAfee, Fannie Dunmore, Mammie Holmes, Sharron Lewis and husband Paul of San Antonio, Katie Johnson and husband Roy of Garwood and Evelyn Johnson and her husband the Rev. Clem Johnson of Eagle Lake; brother, Ray Lee Holloway of El Campo; and aunt Dorothy Carter of Garwood.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 3 at White cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. O. Rhodes, officiating. Interment followed at Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi.

Pallbearers were Eric Dunmore, Roy Johnson Jr., Justin Johnson, Clarence Weeks, Ulab Johnson III and Shaun Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Johnson, Ta'Vion Johnson and Joe Johnson.

Colorado County Citizen, November 6, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Johnson, John

Suicide of John Johnson

A young negro named John Johnson, son of Lewis Johnson, a well known negro of this vicinity, committed suicide late Saturday evening at the family home by cutting his throat with a razor. His throat was literally cut “from ear to ear.” but in spite of the desperate wound the negro lived for some time, dying, we are told, about two or three hours later. The cause of same, as best we can learn, was that a serious charge had been made against him, and the fear that he might be incarcerated in prison and punished; seemed to have nerved him to commit the act. This young negro, about 22 years old, was brought into public notice some time last year by reason of the fact that he was charged with forging a signature to a money order, but upon trial for this offense he was acquitted. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1906, page 4

Johnson, John

Mr. John Johnson, an old citizen of this section, who was afflicted with consumption, died on the 26th ultimo at the residence of Mr. Chas. Colquest, and was buried in the Osage cemetery. He was a quiet, unassuming gentleman and though incapacitated for almost any kind of work during the latter years of his life, he bore up cheerfully and uncomplainingly. May his tired spirit rest in peace is the sincere wish of the MERCURY.

Weimar Mercury March 6, 1897, page 5
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Johnson, Josie Caroline


Death has once more entered our town, snatching from us one of our brightest and sweetest flowers, and leaving sorrow and grief in its wake. After a very short illness little Caro, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Johnson, died Tuesday evening, and was buried in the family burial grounds at Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest] Wednesday. The grief-stricken family have our warmest sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, June 11, 1896, page 3

Johnson, Laura (Glenn)


Wife of Consul Called by Death; Buried Last Saturday

Mrs. Laura Glenn Johnson, wife, of Hon. Jesse H. Johnson, U. S. consul to Canada, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. V. Hahn, 102 Hathaway Street, Montrose, at 4:45 o’clock Thursday morning.

Mrs. Johnson has been in ill health for a number of years, which made it inadvisable for her to accompany her husband to Regina, Canada, were he was transferred when he left his post as consul in Mexico about a year ago.

Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of Judge Edward M. Glenn and was born in Colorado County. The old family home is at Columbus. Judge Glenn was prominent in the pioneer political life of the state.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by two sons: J. A. Harbert of Columbus, Texas, and Glenn Harbert of San Antonio, and four daughters, Mrs. O. K. Baker, Dallas; Mrs. Henry J. Kelly, Toronto, Canada; Mrs. L. V. Hahn, Houston; Mrs. Howard Townsend, Columbus, Texas.

The honorary pallbearers will be Dr. R. H. Harrison, R. C. Duff, J. E. Duff, Bassett Blakely, R. B. George, M. D. Anderson, W. A. Thompson, A. M. Waugh, George L. Little, Peter Hahn, H. S. Fox--Houston Chronicle [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1918

Johnson, Lee

Eagle Lake, March 9.--Judge J. K. Davidson has just returned from the country, where he went to hold an inquest over the remains of Lee Johnson, who was killed on the Stephens place, the old Frank Causey plantation, this afternoon about 1 o’clock. There seems to have been no eyewitnesses to the affair, and the theory is that it is a case of suicide. Johnson was shot in the neck, severing the jugular vein, with a 32-calibre rifle. His face was badly powder burned. Deceased was a young married man about 24 years of age. No testimony has been taken and as yet Judge Davidson has given out no statement. The tragedy occurred about three and a half or four miles from town. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1907

Johnson, Lester Louis

L. Johnson Funeral Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Lester Louis Johnson, 76, for many years a prominent farmer, rancher and community leader at New Bielau, were held Tuesday afternoon, March 25, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Walter Simpson officiated.

Mr. Johnson died at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, of cancer for which he had been under treatment the past year. He had been in the hospital 12 days.

A resident of this area since 1929, he had semi-retired from ranching, the last of several vocations he had followed. Born May 12, 1903, at Parsons, Kansas, he was a son of William and Lola (Finch) Johnson. He grew up in Goodrich, Kan., and later worked in Kansas City. In 1927, his employer transferred him to Temple, Texas, where he met Erna Koehn, and they were married there on Dec. 2, 1928. They moved to New Bielau, her former home, in the next year and had lived here since.

For many years Mr. Johnson owned a Grade A dairy. He also raised fine beef cattle. He worked with land as a surveyor and appraiser. For 38 years he served as president of the local branch of Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association. He also served on the county school board, as a deputy sheriff, as a member of the veterans' land board and as a leader in many community activities. He was a faithful member of the New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and had served on the church board.

His wife survives him, along with a son-in-law and daughter, Gerald and Dorothy Grace Staffel; a granddaughter, Anne Elizabeth Staffel; four grandsons, Marlin Keith Brown, John William Staffel, Gerald K. Staffel and Jon Gregory Staffel; a granddaughter-in-law, Katharene Treibs Brown; two great-grandsons, Ross Lester Brown and Erick Johnson Brown; two brothers, Howard (Ted) Johnson of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, and Orville M. Johnson of Lee's Summit, Mo. and two sisters, Mrs. Irma Wilson of Rancho Cordova, California, and Mrs. Lydia May Traul of Emporia, Kansas. A brother, Frank Johnson, preceded him death a year ago.

The grandsons served as pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1980
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Johnson, Lillian Lucy (Green)

Mrs Lillie Johnson Passes Away Here Sunday Morning

Mrs. Lillie Lucy Johnson, a long time resident of Eagle Lake, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elo Linke, at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, February 8th. At the time of her death, she was 78 years, 3 months and 5 days old and had been in ill health for the past three years. Funeral services were held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home Monday afternoon, February 9th at 3:00 o'clock with the Rev. H. A. Lee of the First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake and the Rev. Albert Brown of Elgin, conducting the services. During the services, Mrs. H. D. Swearingen sang the beautiful and favorite hymn, "God Understands," with accompaniment by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash. Interment was made following the services in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with the following active pallbearers: Charles L. McLellan, A.H. Dipple, L.E. Henry, Eddie Caylor, Jesse Beane and Harry Larson. Honorary Pallbearers were: R. L-Duncan, J. H. McCreary, Russell Cooper, E.C. Dickerson, Ernest Seaholm, H. Lee Johnson, H.D. Swearingen, A.W. Linke, Lee Graves, Joe McCreary, Helmer Seaholm, Raymond Kohleffel. Jr., W.H. Albrecht, W. M. Thomas, O.W. Powers, R. L. Lange and Dr. J. R. Laughlin, Mrs. Johnson was born in Florida on November 3, 1874 and moved to Texas with her family at an early age. Almost her entire life was spent in the vicinity of Eagle Lake and Rock Island. She was united in marriage to Allen A. Johnson on Sept. 12, 1895 and the marriage was blessed with three daughters, one passing away in infancy. Her husband preceded her in death on April 13, 1923 at the age of 64 years. She is survived by, two daughters, Mrs. Elo Linke and Mrs. Harry Brower of Eagle Lake; a niece and nephew, Betty and Gene Linke; one sister, Mrs. Charles Kerns of Abilene, Texas and three brothers, L.F. Green, Brenham, J.H. Green, Wichita Falls, and E.E. Green, Garwood. The deceased was much loved by all those who knew her for her wonderful Christian way of life, which she lived faithfully daily.

Deepest sympathy is extended to members of the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 12, 1953.
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Johnson, Lloyd

Old Faithful, Lloyd Johnson, Meets Final Train

The two night trains, which leave mail from both directions here at about 2 and 3 o’clock in the morning, found nobody at the depot to take charge of the sacks Wednesday.

At least part of the reason was because faithful old Lloyd Johnson, 68, who had met every train to pull into the Weimar’s depot in the past 42 years, had answered the call of the greatest engineer of them all, last Friday morning at Youens Hospital. He had been operated upon for a bladder illness the Friday previous.

Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon, with burial in the Weimar Colored Cemetery. He leaves a widow, two sisters and a brother.

Meeting the trains was more than a job or public duty to Lloyd--it was more of religion with him. He had hardly “come out” from the ether that Friday before he was protesting to doctors and his family that he had to get up and get the mail. To meet the 2 and 3 o’clock night trains he never got up later than midnight and whatever the weather Lloyd was there ahead of the trains.

Mailing letters for his many friends, white and colored alike, started as a favor and grew so that they began to refer to the crack between the depot doors, where they stuck letters for him to find, as “the Lloyd, Texas, Postoffice”.

Lloyd had heard that final whistle in the distance several months ago. It turned out to be a rather slow train, but when it finally pulled up at “Lloyd, Texas”, faithful old Lloyd was there to board it this time. Weimar will miss him.

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1950, page 1

Johnson, Lorance

Lorance Johnson, 87, of Sheridan, passed away at 12:25 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar. 

On Sept 18, 1937 he married Daisy Blanche Botard in Eagle Lake.

He was born July 1, 1914, in West Point, to Robert and Clara Bunte Johnson and had been a resident of the Sheridan area most of his life.  He worked for the Sheridan schools in maintenance, as a carpenter and an electrician for many years prior to retirement. 

Mr. Johnson served honorably as a Sergeant with the United States Army during World War II and was awarded the American Theatre Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Ribbon. 

Survivors include three daughters, Iris Harcrow and Loretta McCloud, both of Sheridan and Lucy Zavesky of Hallettsville, one half-sister, Susie Gates of Sealy; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Blanche Johnson, Jan 24, 2001; one daughter, Clara Belle Rabel in 1996; one granddaughter, Bridget Brinkmeyer in 1997; one great-grandson, Matthew Rabel in 1997; four brothers, Boyd Johnson, Harry Johnson, Bobby Johnson and Claude Johnson.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.  The Rev. Bob Allison, Pastor, First United Baptist Church of Sheridan, officiated. 

Pallbearers were Wayne and Keith Rabel, Lewis Botard Jr., Russell Zavesky, Michael Boyette and Mike Brinkmeyer. 

Hallettsville Herald, October 24, 2001
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Johnson, Lorenza


Lorenza Johnson, a negro about thirty years of age, was shot and killed on the Eldridge place at Faber yesterday afternoon about four o'clock. John Debro, another negro abut the same age, and living on the Eldridge place was arrested and taken to jail in Columbus this afternoon. The tragedy took place on the "Rat Row", about three hundred yards from the Faber Mercantile Company store. Only one shot was fired, the ball from a Colt 45 taking effect just under Johnson's right eye, killing him instantly. He fell face down, with one arm under him and with a single-barrel shot gun loaded with No. 3 shot in his other hand, falling with the gun under him. He was still in this position when the officers arrived on the scene. Immediately after the shooting Deputy Sheriff W. M. Conner of this city was notified, and in company with city Marshal, C. J. Harter, he went at once in his car to the scene of the trouble. On their arrival there, Debro promptly surrendered to them and they brought him back in the car with them and placed in him in the calaboose here over night, conveying him to the Columbus jail this afternoon. The dead negro is a stray negro and has been picking cotton in the Faber section. No one seems to know where he came from or much of anything else about him. The shot which caused Johnson's death was fired from a distance of about sixty feet. [Interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 2, 1918
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Johnson, Manuel

The body of Manuel Johnson, a negro man who formerly lived at Allen’s Quarters, some eight miles below Weimar, was brought here Tuesday morning for burial. From such particulars as the Mercury could glean, Manuel was injured in an accident near Lane City, on the 9th of June. He, with other employes of the Bay Prairie Irrigation company, was coming in from work on handcars, over the Cane Belt tracks, when the leading handcar struck some obstruction and left the track, throwing the men, some eight in number, off the handcar. Manuel was thrown across the track and run over by the second car, receiving injuries about the back from which he suffered greatly until death came to his relief. He was quite well known throughout this section. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 8 1905, page 4

Johnson, Mercella (McGrew) Scott

Mercella McGrew Johnson

Mercella McGrew Johnson was born in Vox Populi on November 16, 1929 to Lemmie and Mary McGrew.

She was first married to Robert L. Scott, Sr. and to this union three children were born (Verna Mae, Robert Jr., and Truman Sr.). Then later she was married to Horace Johnson on June 24, 1991.

She acknowledged Christ as her personal savior and exemplified belief through her genuine love for people. She would always speak the kindest words and was very kind hearted.

Marcella departed this life on December 7, at Memorial Herman Southwest Medical Facility in Houston following a short illness.

Marcella was a loving and devoted mother and wife she leaves to mourn her passing, two sons, Robert L. Scott, Jr. (Marcel) of Sugar Land, Reverend Truman Scott, Sr. (Mae) of Garwood; a sister, Ezella Glover of Fort Worth and a brother, Pete McGrew of Eagle Lake. She leaves six cherished grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of special nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m. at South Point Baptist Church in Garwood with Rev. Herbert M. Long II officiating. Interment followed at Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi.

Pallbearers were Audie Gilmore, Isley Edwards, Damian Wilson, Derland Sanford, Twaymon Boone, and Durvard Perdue.

Honorary pallbearers were Pete McGrew, Truman Scott, Jr., Ray Charles Glover, Jeremy Scott, Kelvin McGrew, Kenneth McGrew and Tommy McGrew, Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 20th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck 

Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Walridge (Mayes)

Altair Affairs

Mrs. “Lum” Johnson, nee Mayes this place, departed this life last Firday night, after a few days illness.  Her remains were interred in Cheatham Sunday.  The bereaved husband and children have the sincere sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, November 9, 1899
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Johnson, Mary Lee

Mary Lee Johnson

On February 27, 1949, a baby girl was born to Rev. Rance and Willie Lee Johnson and they named her Mary Lee.

At an early age, Mary Lee gave her life to Christ. She was the seventh of 11 children. She attended E.H. Henry High School.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted mother, Willie Lee Johnson; a daughter, LaShasta Harris Pickney; four sisters, Iva Lee Johnson, Annie Lou Johnson, Arizona Johnson Davis and Willie Lee Johnson (Willie); five brothers, Oliver Johnson, Sr. (Pam), Roy Johnson, Sr. (Katie), Clemon Johnson, Sr. (Evelyn), Robert Lee Johnson (Melody), all of Eagle Lake and Rance Johnson, Sr. (Marie) of Palacios and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, 10 at 11 a.m. at the White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. O. Rhodes, officiating. Interment followed at the Union Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Rance Johnson, Jr., Clemon Johnson, Oliver Johnson, Roy Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Justin Johnson, Jason Edwards, and Harold Davis.

Honorary pallbearers were Clemon Johnson, Sr., Oliver Johnson, Sr., Rance Johnson, Sr., Lucious Davis, Larry Davis, E.L. Hill, George Johnson, Willie Stovall, Roosevelt Carson, Robert Johnson, and Audrey Carter.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 15th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Johnson, Mattie Lee (Reed)

Mrs. Johnson’s Last Rites Held In Eagle Lake

Last rites for Mrs. H. Lee Johnson were held at Colly Memorial Methodist church in Eagle Lake Monday afternoon with Rev. Russell Moon officiating.

Mrs. Johnson, who would have been 86 in December, died at her home in Eagle Lake Sept. 29 after an illness lasting over 4 years. She was born Dec. 18, 1877 at Moore, Texas, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Reed. Her husband died in April 1956.

She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and had spent most of her adult life in Eagle Lake and in Altair. She was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include 2 daughters Miss Ophelia Johnson of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Ruth Mobley of Texas City; 2 sons, Lee Reed Johnson of Eagle Lake and Charles E. Johnson of Altair; 2 brothers, George Reed of Bay City, and D. H. Reed of Houston; a sister, Mrs. L. M. Miller of Bay City, and 5 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lester Bunge, Tanner Walker, George Stafford, Elmo Werlla, H. C. Johnson and Simon White.

Burial was in Lakeside cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1963, page 3

Johnson, Maurice

Maurice Johnson

Funeral services for Rev. Maurice Johnson, 47, of Kendleton, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, at St. James Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery.

Rev. Johnson died Jan. 4, 2005, at Oak Bend Medical Center. He was born July 12, 1957, in Eagle Lake to Thelma Boykins Johnson and the late Alex Jack Johnson.

He was retired from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department.

Survivors include wife, Camille Turner Johnson; mother, Thelma Boykins Johnson; sons, Alexander Johnson, Cameron Johnson and Antrone Clark; brothers, Louis Barrow and Rev. Paul Barrow; and one grandchild.

Contact Matthews Funeral Home.

Wharton Journal-Spectator for 8 Jan 2005.
Submitted by Matt Cross

Johnson, Monnie Joyce (Wilkins)


Monnie Joyce Johnson, 76, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 30, at the Rice Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 27, 1927 in Lumberton, N.C. to Isaac and Lillie Lenora (Smith) Wilkins. She married Whitson Marion Johnson on April 20, 1953 in Louisiana and had been a resident of Eagle Lake since 1969 and a member of the Eagle Lake Mission Church.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband; sister, Nellie Gladys Anderson; and brothers Carlyle Wilkins and Condary Wilkins.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Guthrie of Eagle Lake; son, John Wilkins of Eagle Lake; brother, David Wilkins of Lumberton, N.C.; five grandchildren, Whitson George Wilkins, Joseph John Wilkins, Christopher Paul Wilkins, Eric Wayne Guthrie and Elizabeth Joyce Guthrie; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were conducted May 3, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Stephen R. Whitfield, rector of Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake officiating with Carol Joyce Ripper, organist and Gary Tise, soloist. Following cremation, burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Johnson, Mrs.

A Mrs. Johnson, residing near Osage, died last Friday, and was buried Saturday afternoon in the Osage cemetery. She was a member of the Christian church, a kind, good woman, and her death is sorely regretted by her numerous friends.

Weimar Mercury, 4 March 1893
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht, contact Rox Ann Johnson

Johnson, Nancy Hardin (Walker) Hamilton

[tombstone reads "Nannie Hamilton"]

Death of an Estimable Lady

   Mrs. Nannie Johnson, the aged mother of Mrs. S. O. Greene of this city, died at the family residence Wednesday night after a long and painful illness.  Mrs. Johnson was a most estimable, kind-hearted, Christian lady, liked by everyone, and her death is a severe blow to those who knew and loved her.  Her remains were committed to their last resting place Thursday afternoon at the Odd Fellows' cemetery, Rev. J. W. Holt, pastor of the Methodist church, performing the last rites.  Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives in their loss.

Weimar MERCURY, February 13, 1897
Submitted by Sue Dunlavy McIlveen  

(Note:  Nancy Hardin (Walker) Hamilton Johnson was the mother of Sue Ophelia Greene, wife of Dr. Nathaniel Greene.  Nannie Johnson was b. 04-06-1837 Morgan Co., AL  1m 03-15-1854 Marengo Co., AL to Dr. Wm. Morgan Hamilton  2m Robert Johnson  06-11-1878 in Weimar)

Johnson, Octavia (Barnes)


Octavia Johnson, 63, of Alleyton passed away June 17 at River Oaks Convalescent Center.

She was born Jan. 5, 1945 in Houston to Scott and Ruth Barnes. She was a dietician at Columbus Community Hospital.

She is survived by sons, Bryon and wife Gloria Barnes of Alleyton and George and wife Shannon Barnes of Columbus and five grandchildren.

Funeral services took place June 21 at Green Grove Baptist Church with Rev. E.E. Thomas officiating. Interment followed at Alleyton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Fritzgerald, Deon Williams, Nathaniel Fritzgerald, Kevin Willimas, Leo Hargrove and Reshawen Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Fritzgerald, Ryan, B.J., Antonio, Zane and Brandon Barnes.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Johnson, Ophelia F


Funeral services were held for Ophelia F. Johnson, 89, of Eagle Lake at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Runk, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. She passed away June l at the Mainland Center Hospital in Texas City, folowing a brief illness.

Ms. Johnson was born Aug. 4, 1898 in Altair to Henry Lee Johnson and Mattie L. Reed Johnson.

She lived all her life in this area. She attended Eagle Lake schools and later attended and graduated from the former Ward - Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Returning to Eagle Lake, she went to 'work in the former Eagle Lake State Bank as a cashier. and bookkeeper. After its closing, she worked for many years at First National Bank of Eagle Lake where she retired more than 20 years ago as assistant vice president. She had been an active and faithful member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church. She moved to Texas City four years ago because of her failing health to be closer to her sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles. Edward Johnson and Lee Reed Johnson.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ruth Mobley of Texas City; a sister-in-law, Mrs. C. E. "Bertha" Johnson, Altair; and, a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ralph Truly, Frank Higgins, Frank Pidgeon, Bob Wilcox, Billy Stiles and Joe Lee Foster.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 1988, page 2




Johnson, Pearl (Nunn)


Pearl Johnson, youngest daughter of Wm. Nunn and wife, well known colored citizens of this community, who was taken to Houston on Sunday, July 13th[sic], for an appendicitis operation, died Friday evening, following the operation, The remains were brought to this city Saturday night, and laid to rest in the colored people's burying around west of town Sunday afternoon, Rev. Reed, Methodist preacher, officiating.

We understand she was about 24 years old at time of death. She is survived by her husband, her parents and several brothers and sisters. The funeral was largely attended.

CARD OF Thanks.--We desire through the Mercury to extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to our good friends for the many kindnesses shown us at the funeral of our beloved daughter, Pearl Johnson. Coming at a time when our hearts were bowed down with grief, we appreciate deeply their thought-May God bless each of you is our sincere prayer. Respectfully, Wm. Nunn and Wife.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1932, page 5

Johnson, Raymond L.

R. L. Johnson Funeral Held Here Feb. 10

Funeral services for Raymond L. Johnson, 66, of San Antonio were held Wednesday, Feb. 10, from St. James AME Church here; with burial in the Weimar [Paradise Gardens] Cemetery. Rev. N. H. Franklin officiated.

Johnson died Friday, Feb. 5, after a lengthy illness.

Born Nov. 11, 1921, in Weimar, he was the second son of Jesse, and Mamie (Small) Johnson. He was baptized at St. James AME Church at an early age and attended Weimar High School. He moved to San Antonio, where he finished Douglas High School. In 1986 he joined Progressive Baptist Church in San Antonio.

His father and a sister preceded him in death.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mamie Johnson of Weimar: two, brothers, Roger Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland, and Clarence Johnson of Houston; two sisters-in-law; an aunt, three nieces and a nephew.

Serving as pallbearers were Frank Nunn. Tommie Bell, Eddie Smith Sr., Edward Steward Sr., Milton Adams and Anthony Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Progressive Baptist Church.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1988, page 13

Johnson, Robert

Last Monday afternoon Robert Johnson, col., the mail rider between this point and Industry, was drowned while attempting to cross Redgate creek. The discovery was made by J. L. Townsend, our sheriff, who saw the horse, knew it to be that belonging to the mail carrier, investigated and ascertained that Robert had been drowned. His body was recovered, but all efforts to find the missing mail matter has so far proved futile. Robert lost his life in an attempt to perform his duty. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 29, 1888, page 3

Johnson, Robert E. Jr.

Robt. Johnson FuneraI HeId Here Jan. 30

Funeral services for Robert E. Johnson Jr., 59, of Houston will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at. 1 p.m. from Greater Macedonia Baptist Church here, with burial in the Weimar [Paradise Gardens] Cemetery.

Rev. M. L Williams will officiate.

Johnson, an employee of M-G Inc., died Jan. 23 in Herman Hospital at Houston.

Born April 10, 1928, at La Grange, he was a son of Robert and Ardella (Dron) Johnson.

Survivors are four sisters, Augusta Scott and Minnie Satee of Houston, Annie Mae Scott and Stella Mae Johnson of Weimar; three brothers, Johnnie Lee Johnson of Houston, Leroy Johnson of Schulenburg and Preston Amos of Fort Worth; and two aunts, Jewel Williams of Houston and. Lola Coruthers of Barkett.

Weimar Mercury, January 28, 1988, page 12

Scott, Johnny Charles
Johnson, Robert Loyd Scott

Vehicle Hits Culvert; Kills 2 Weimar Men

Two Weimar men were killed late Saturday night when their car ran off a highway north of Weimar and smashed into a culvert that figured earlier in 2 traffic deaths.

The victims were identified by the sheriff's office as Johnny Charles Scott, 19, and Robert Johnson, 21.

Highway Patrolman Alton Adcock said the accident occurred at 11:40 p.m. on F.M. 155 about two-tenths of a mile north of Weimar.

Adcock said the car going south toward Weimar, ran off the road on the left side, traveled 138 feet down a ditch and rammed into the culvert head-on.

The car flipped onto its top and caught fire. A passerby pulled the 2 men from the wreckage, but one was dead on arrival and the other died a few minutes after arriving at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

The culvert that the automobile hit also figured in 2 accidents last year in which 2 other Weimar men were killed.

Laurence Eugene Pavlik, 40, of Weimar was killed in October, and Wilbert Louie Genzer, 31, of Weimar was killed in December when their cars also left the roadway and struck the culvert.

The deaths of Scott and Johnson raised the county's 1972 road toll to 7. Both victims were taken to funeral homes in Columbus.

Ben Davis Funeral Home announced that services for Johnson are Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar. Interment is in the Weimar [Paradise Garden] Cemetery. [Scott was buried in Good Hope Cemetery.]

Colorado County Citizen, March 23, 1972
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Johnson, “Romy”

Columbus Cullings

Little “Romy,: the 3-year-old boy of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Johnson, died Wednesday night, and was buried here next day, Revs. C C. Armstrong and M. S. Hotchkiss performing the funeral rites. Our condolence is extended the bereaved. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 31, 1889

Johnson, Roosvelt Delano "Rudy"

Roosevelt Delano Johnson
April 12, 1935 - July 14, 2004

Roosevelt Delano “Rudy” Johnson of Houston, formerly of Eagle Lake, passed away July 14, 2004 at Ben Taub General Hospital.

He was born April 12, 1935 in Eagle Lake to Alex and Ernie Paulden Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Cora B. Smith Johnson of Houston; daughters, Linda, Helen and Joani Johnson, all of Houston; brothers, Edgar and Leroy Johnson of Eagle Lake; sister, Louise Johnson Christal of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Rev. Coby Shorter Jr. officiating.

Burial followed at the Eagle Lake Cemetery North.

Final arrangements were under the direction of Gooden-Hatten Funeral Home in Wharton.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, July 22, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Johnson, Roxie Mullin

Miss Johnson Buried Here

Graveside services were held at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery here Thursday afternoon, Aug. 22, for Miss Roxie Mullin Johnson 75, a former resident of this area who died in Hous ton. No further details were available.

Weimar Mercury, August 29, 1974

Johnson, Ruby (Hassett)


Ruby Johnson, 82. of Columbus died October 21 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

Services were held on Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. The burial was in the Myrtle Cemetary[sic] in Rock Island. The Rev. Raymond Cox officiated.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Manuel Spann of Columbus and Mrs. Barry Kyle of Austin, two. sisters, Rosie Sims of Halletsville{sic] and Dora Stewart of Houston. Two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hensley A. Johnson

She was a resident of Columbus for 8 years, formerly of Rock Island.

Pallbearers, were Dr. Wayne Goff, Kenneth Goff, Donald Sims, Melvin Sims, Harless Hassett, and Connie Fair.

Colorado County Citizen, October 26, 1988, page 2

Johnson, Ruth Jeanette (Causey)

Mrs. Ralph Johnson Drowns in Tragic Accident Here Tues.

The community was deeply shock and saddened this week by the tragic death of Mrs. Ralph Johnson, nee Ruth Jeanette Causey, who drowned in an accident at the Eagle Lake swimming pool at around 10:15 Tuesday morning.

Mrs. Johnson and children wee attending the Ladies Morning swim session at the pool which is leased for the morning swim session by the ladies of the club. She was seen by those present to enter the water and to swim across the pool, but no one saw any evidence or sign of struggle nor any apparent accident, and she was found at the bottom of the pool near the safety rope in about five feet of water, only a matter of minutes from the time she was last seen. She was an excellent swimmer.

Her body was rescued from the pool and mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration was applied until a physician and the Eagle Lake fire department's resuscitator arrived on the scene. All attempts to bring her back to life failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Justice of the Peace M. M. Jones held an inquest at the pool and ruled that death was by accidental drowning. Actual cause of the tragedy is unascertained and may never be known.

Funeral services will be held from the Lissie United Methodist Church in Lissie, Texas at 10:00 a.m. today, Thursday June 13, 1968. The Rev. Thomas Kirby, pastor, will officiate at the services. Her body will be placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family has requested that memorials be made to the Lissie United Methodist church where Mrs. Johnson was a faithful member and worker in many departments.

She was born February 3rd, 1934 in Wharton, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Causey. The family resided at Lissie until moving to Eagle Lake and she resided here since that time. Her father preceded her in death in 1952.

Ruth Jeanette Causey and Ralph Johnson were united in marriage in a ceremony at the Lissie Church on October 27th, 1956.

Surviving are: her husband; three children, Ellana, 10; Bryan, 8; and Russell, 6; also her mother, Mrs. Ida I. Causey of Eagle Lake; two brothers, Commander Wesley Causey who is stationed with the U. S. Navy in Washington, D. C. and Gordon Causey who is associated with an oil company and left last Wednesday for a tour of duty in Bangkok.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Eagle Lake elementary school faculty, teaching a third grade during the past year and serving as a substitute teacher before that time. She had expressed a desire to teach next year with students in Special Education and Handicapped classes.

This desire was typical of her life which was devoted to her family and to aiding the underprivileged and handicapped in any way possible. In her church she was active in the Home Builder's Class and the Woman's Society of World Service, and assisted in some manner in almost every church-affiliated project.

She aided in helping to set up the first annual Home Management Course held at the high school building last summer in order that local women might better care for their homes and families and to be of better service to the community.

She lived a useful life in service in God, her family, and to her fellow man and her accomplishments in her short span of life shall always be remembered forever in the hearts of every one of our citizens.

Friends throughout the area extend deepest sympathy to the family in their great loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 13, 1968
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Johnson Sam

Sam Johnson, one of the old-time Eagle Lake negroes, died here at three o’clock Thursday afternoon [Oct 30]. He had been in bad health for several years and was confined to his home for the past few weeks. Sam was an inoffensive, well thought of negro. For some time he had been porter and attended to the cleaning up at the Fitzgeral dSanitarium[sic] and at the postoffice. He was abou sixty-five yeas of age and had lived in Eagle Lake for many years. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 1, 1924

Johnson, Shelley C.

Died last Sunday afternoon, Shelly C., only son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Johnson, aged two years, nine months, and twelve days, of intermitent pernicious fever. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

The words are simple, and to the careless-hearted whose eyes rest upon them, convey only an every-day story, but to their many sorrowing friends who see this inscription written with the warmest heart-blood of the parents, it is a cross of Gethsemane that draws expressions of love and tears of sympathy from the purest depth of their nature.

Only those who have passed through this crucible of trial know the supreme agony of the mother when in a state of semi-consciousness she gropes for the dear head wont to be billowed on her bosom, and awakes to a full realization of her overwhelming loss.

“In her life’s lonely galleries never
Will be silenced his lightest footfall.
For it lingers and echoes forever
Unto memory mourning o’er all.”

Yet there is a “star in the East” shining on this scene of madness which we pray may gain in brilliancy and fervor, dispelling the clouds and shadows, as it tells of darling Shelly safe, safe in the arms of our Father in Heaven, free evermore from earthly afflictions that rend the heard, the mind and soul.

May the sweet peace that passeth all understanding descend upon the bereaved family bearing the message from eternal happiness:

“God was thy ransom, thy guardian and guide.
He gave thee and took thee and he will restore thee
And death has no pangs since the Savior hath died.”

Colorado Citizen, May 12, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Johnson, Shirley Ann (Freeman)


Mrs. Shirley Ann Johnson, age 38, of Sheridan, passed away at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton following a lengthy illness.

Born in El Campo, on September 6, 1950 to Hershal Freeman and Martha Edna Gottschald Freeman. She attended school in Halletsville later moving to Mississippi with her family and finished high school.

On December 5, 1969 she married Derwyn Dwight “Ike” Johnson at the First Baptist Church in Sheridan. They resided in Eagle Lake 10 years before moving to Sheridan a year ago. Shirley had pursued a career in nursing and, had attended WCJC and earning her degree and passing her board exams as a registered nurse. She had worked for the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton before her health failed. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake before moving to Sheridan where she and her family joined the church there.

Mrs. Johnson was preceeded[sic] in death by her father, and a daughter, Maura Lee Johnson. Survivors include her husband, Derwyn 'Ike' Johnson, Sr., her daughter, Tara Joy Johnson, and her son. Derwyn “little Ike” Johnson, Jr., all of Sheridan, her mother, Mrs. Edna Rees, Grandmother, Mrs. Laura Gottschald, all of Halletsville. She was also survives by five sisters, Gayle Mraz of Sugerland, Linda Burke of Greenville, SC., Charlene Tesch of Halletsville, Kathy Heinsohn, of Halletsville, and Tamy Rees of Halletsville. Three brothers,. Melvin Freeman of Sugerland, Charles Freeman of Halletsville and Gene Rees also of Halletsville also survive. Numerous other relatives and a host of loved ones also survive.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Sheridan on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Scott Jordan, Pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the Cheetham Cemetery, Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Melvin and Charles Freeman, Billy High, Gen Tesch, Brian Heinsohn, Earl Schnieder and Ben Gaidesek. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Rees, Chris Mraz and Gary Tesch.

Arrangement were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1988, page 1 and 15

Johnson, Stokes

Stokes Johnson, Retired Harbert Employe, Dies at 89

Stokes Johnson, whose smile was a legend in Columbus while he worked at Harbert’s garage for 42 years as station attendant, died quietly at his home Dec. 1. He had been retired for several years and had been in and out of the hospital for the past 4 years.

He was with Harbert’s during his long tenure of business. The Harbert building is now the location of Trojan Service Center and the Phillips 66 service station.

Stokes would have been 90 had he lived until Dec. 17, but few realized he was that old. Up to about a year ago, he still walked to town with his wife, Lola.

Mrs. Sam Harbert Sr., who visited often at his bedside, said Stokes, although ill, always sent her away in a cheerful mood. He had a good memory about the past. Born in Wharton county, he came to Columbus with his parents as a small boy and had spent almost all his life here.

Last rites were held Sunday in Greater Smith Chapel Baptist church, Rev. R. B. Sanders officiating. Stokes was the oldest deacon in the church. Burial was in City cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Coleman, Percy Coleman, Jerry Cleveland, Pearl Middleton, Willis Dillard and Alvin Pope.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1964

Johnson, Thessie “Granda”

Thessie “Granda” Johnson

On January 8, 1918 Thessie Johnson, known to his immediate family as Granda, was born to James Henry Johnson and Trula Williams in East Bernard.

Thessie met and married his soul mate Almania Williams on January 30, 1938 and they maintained this union until her passing in 2005.

Thessie is preceded in death by his wife; his father and mother; his brothers, Jessie and Ula B Johnson; and his daughter, Lydia Watson.

Thessie gave his life to God and united with South Point Baptist Church serving as a Deacon. In the 70s he moved his membership to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where he remained until his departure.

Thessie was best known for his caring spirit and kind heart. He was completely devoted to his family and always had a calm and considerate disposition.

He leaves to mourn his passing his sisters, Dorothy L. Carter and Lola May Montgomery; his grandchildren, Johnell Williams, Gail Henderson (Robert Watson), Debra and (Marion) Murray; his great-grandchildren, Anita Ware, Earl Elton and (Valarie) Jolivett, Diedra and (Emile) Payne, Telicia and (Gerald) Williams Sr., Nicole and (Torri) Smith, Patrick and (Keandra) Henderson Jr., Morna Henderson, Kenneth and (Remicia) Williams;

His great-great grand children Erica and Eric Jolivett, Gerald Jr., Christian Smith, Teldrick, Khamron, and Patriciana Henderson, Tamyia Williams and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. from Mr. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Harold O'Neal Williams, officiating. Committal service and interment was in Williams Paradise Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Patrick Henderson, Diedra Jolivette Payne, Torri Smith, Elton Jolivett, Emile Payne and Gerald Williams Sr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Granda we thank you for a lifetime of happy memories, undying love and commitment to your wife and family. You will remain in our hearts forever as an example of what a father and husband should be. Forever rest in peace! Love, your family. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 24th, 2006
Contributed by Debra Murray

Johnson, Tommy Ray

Tommy Ray Johnson, 32, of Weimar died Sunday, May 30 about six miles south of La Grange.

Funeral services are set for Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar with burial in the Good Hope Cemetery in Weimar. The Rev. Jarvis W. Nelson will officiate.

Born Oct 22, 1971 in Weimar he was the son of Roland Johnson of Schulenburg and Joyce Johnson of Weimar. He was employed as a ranch hand and member of St. James AME Church in Weimar.

Survivors include his parents of Weimar and Schulenburg; his fiance Tony Jones of Houston; one son, Broderick Johnson of Houston; four sisters, Deetra, Natalie, and Monica Johnson, all of Weimar, and Melanie Scott of Houston; and one brother, Denzell Johnson of Weimar.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, June 4, 2004

Tommy Johnson Funeral Services Held June 5

Tommy Ray Johnson, 32, of Weimar died May 30, as a result of an accident that happened south of La Grange.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 5 at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Jarvis W. Nelson officiating. Interment followed at Good Hope Cemetery in Weimar.

He was born Oct. 22, 1971 in Weimar to Roland Johnson of Schulenburg and Joyce (Johnson) Johnson of Weimar.

He was a ranch handler and was also a member of St. James AME Church in Weimar.

He is survived by his parents; one son, Broderick Johnson of Houston; and Fiancée, Tony Jones of Houston.

He is also survived by four sisters, Deetra Johnson, , Natalie Johnson, and Monica Johnson, all of Weimar, and Melanie Scott of Houston; and one brother, Denzell Johnson of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 2004 

Johnson, unknown child

Eagle Lake Advertiser: A small child of Mr.and Mrs. Lee Johnson died at an early hour Thursday morning and the little body was shipped here for burial on the evening Aransas train from Altair. [Place of interment unknown] They have the sympathy of a large number of friends in their sad loss..

Weimar Mercury, September 13,1902, page 8

Johnson, unknown

We did not ascertain until too late for insertion in last issue, the facts about the burning of Lewis Johnson's child last week. It seems that Lewis was at Columbus, and his wife had just gone over to a neighbor's, leaving the boy at home alone. The boy, thinking to have a little feast all by himself, went down to the stable and secured three eggs. These he brought to the house, and essayed to cook. To aid him in securing a fire in the stove very quickly, he picked up a five-gallon can of oil, and with a lighted match in his hand he began pouring out the oil. The result, of course, was a terrific explosion, and in a moment the house and boy were a mass of flames. He ran screaming out into the field, threw himself down and rolled over and over in his efforts to put out the flames. When neighbors reached the scene he was literally cooked, and was a horrible looking sight. Strange to say, however, he lingered until the next morning, suffering the tortures of the damned, when death kindly relieved his sufferings. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1892

Johnson, Unknown (Mrs. John)

The death of Mrs. John Johnson, living a few miles southeast of Weimar, occurred yesterday morning. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Gimlet, 21 July 1887
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Johnson, Unnamed Baby

The baby of Jesse and Mamie Johnson, colored, of this city, died of penumonia(sic) Wednesday morning, after a brief illness. There ar many cases of influenza reported among the colored population of our city. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 18, 1918, page 5

Johnson, unnamed child

Eagle Lake, Tex., March 15.--The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. JOHNSON died Tuesday morning of lockjaw, and was interred in the evening, Rev. J. W. MCMAHON officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Dallas Morning News, March 16 1889, page 6

Johnson, Vincent

Eagle Lake Items

A difficulty occurred Saturday night on Douglas Thomas' place eight or ten miles below town between two negroes, Vincent Johnson and Soloman Harris, in which the former was shot and almost instantly killed. Harris was brought before Judge Ziegler Monday morning and after the evidence, was placed under a $1500 bond. Not being able to give the bond, he was taken to Columbus to jail to await the action of the grand jury. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 27, 1891

 Killed About a Peach.

COLUMBUS, Tex., August 25.--News was received here yesterday of the killing of a negro named Vincent Johnson by Oliver [Solomon] Harris, another negro, in this county a few miles south of Eagle Lake. The difficulty occurred over a peach, the parties coming to blows about it, but were separated and they afterwards met at a supper, renewed the quarrel, and Harris shot Johnson with a double barrel shot gun. Harris was brought here and placed in jail.--Houston Post Special
[Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 29, 1891

Johnson, Wallace

Wallace Johnson, a well known and popular negro man of this city, died of tuberculosis last week; and was buried in the colored people’s cemetery west of town.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1914. page 8

Johnson, Willie Lee (Moore)

Willie Lee Johnson

Willie Lee Johnson was born on July 9, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Bert and Susie Moore in West Texas and surrounding area.

She lived in Garwood and attended Matthew School and later moved to Eagle Lake.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor O. D. Ford.

She met and married Rev. Rance Johnson, Sr. and to this union, 26 children were born.

Willie departed this life at her home in the comfort of her family on Sunday, April 27 around 1:15 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert and Susie Moore; and 17 of her children.

She leaves to cherish her memory four daughter, Rev. Mother Lewis, Annie Lue Johnson, Arizona Davis, and Willie Lee Johnson (husband, Willie); five sons, Rance Johnson, Jr. (wife, Margie Marie), Oliver Johnson (wife, Pamala), Ray Edward (wife, Katie), Rev. Clemon Johnson (wife, Evelyn), and Robert Lee (wife, Melony); and a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at White Cloud Baptist Church with Rev. Obie Rhodes officiating. Interment followed at Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews. Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Roy Johnson, Jr., Clemon Johnson, Jr., Rance Johnson, III, Jason Edwards, Xavier Cotton and Oliver Johnson, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers Eric Denmore, George Johnson, Lucious Davis, Harold Davis, Roosevelt Carson, Robert Lee Boone and Hollis Shorter, Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 8, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Johnson, Willie Mae

Willie M. Johnson Funeral Services Held July 10

Willie Mae Johnson, 54, of Weimar, died Sunday, July 4 at her residence.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 10 at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. J. W. Nelson officiating.

Interment followed at Good Hope Memorial Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 26, 1949 in Weimar to Andrew Lee and Veola (Ellis) Johnson,

She was a cook and a member of St. James AME Church in Weimar.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by two daughters, Cassandra Johnson of Weimar and Tammie Johnson-Hayward of Austin; two sons, James Johnson of Austin and Kervin Johnson and wife Demetria of La Grange; and twelve grandchildren.

She is also survived by four brothers, Leroy Ellis and wife Hazel of Houston, George Johnson and wife Mary of San Antonio, Harry Johnson and wife Alfreda of Weimar, and Marvin Johnson of Columbus; and one sister, Joyce Johnson of Weimar.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ronnie Johnson; and one nephew.

The Weimar Mercury July 15, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli


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