Weatherford Democrat


October 29, 2013

Howard Franklin Johnson

Howard Franklin Johnson passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. 

Visitation for Howard will be Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel from 6–8 p.m. 

Funeral service will be at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Brock Cemetery in Brock.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the Brock Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

Howard’s incredible journey started on May 12, 1922, when he became the first born to Harve Franklin Johnson and Bessie Maddux Johnson. Raised on a farm during the depression, Howard learned the value of a nickel and kept it until he passed.  

After attending Brock High School, he happily farmed on the family land until 1942 – when the Nazis came calling. Like most men of his day, he didn’t wait for the draft, he volunteered. After basic training at Fort Walters, Washington State was nothing more than a hiccup to serving in the 3rd Army under the command of General George Patton. Being a country boy, he was assigned to the small arms sighting and repair. He received a battle star for the Battle of the Rhine River. He also learned to weld in the Army and was honorably discharged.  

Upon returning to Brock he took a job with Gulf Oil, where he met and married the former Ellen Gwenelle Eagon, the first, last and only woman he ever kissed. They were transferred to Midland, where their son James Franklin Johnson was born. Howard was a welding inspector on the first continental pipeline built from west Texas to Delaware. Howard also inspected in Ecuador and other locations.  

After his retirement in 1985, he returned to his first love, the Weatherford area. They were proud members of Brock Methodist Church. They attended church, volunteered, traveled extensively and enjoyed Weatherford.  Gwenelle passed on Aug. 5, 2003, leaving Howard to finish the journey alone. Howard was a member of the Brock Masonic Lodge #792 for 64 years as well as a member of the Brock Eastern Star.  

He was truly one of the “greatest generation.”  Howard leaves behind his son, James F. Johnson; grandson, Tyler Johnson; brother, James “Sonny” Johnson; sister, Nina Howell; two nieces and eight nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwenelle, in 2003 and his sister, Wilma Alexander, in 2009.

Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel


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