MSGT (Ret) Percy Leroy Johnson, 86, of Deweyville, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 12, at Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation in Pinehurst.

Services to remember his life will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 15, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville. Officiating will be Brother John Fortenberry, pastor of the church. Military Honors and Interment will follow services in the Deweyville Cemetery.

A gathering of family and friends for a time to reflect and share memories will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM Thursday at the church.

Born on Sept. 14, 1924 in Kirthwood, Louisiana to his parents, Simeon Johnson and Bonnie Ethel (Cavanaugh) Johnson, he grew up in Deweyville, graduated from Deweyville High School in 1943 and he entered the Army Air Corp shortly thereafter where he would spend 22 years of service. While in the corp, he served during World War II, Korea and was an advisor to the military during Vietnam.

After retirement from the military, Mr. Johnson returned to Deweyville in 1965 and went to work for Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange where he retired as a warehouseman in 1983. Mr. Johnson was a faithful member and trustee of Calvary Baptist Church in Deweyville, where he also assisted the church with maintenance and grounds work. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, vegetable gardening and spending time with his family.

Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his parents and his two infant brothers.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Mildred Johnson of Deweyville; his son, Jon David Johnson of Deweyville; his daughters, Cathy Knouff and special friend, Jerry Orr of Maryville, Tennessee and Patti Taylor and husband, Paul of Little Cypress; his sister, Lena Davis and husband, Elvis of Beaumont; his brother, Walter “Devoy” Johnson and wife, Tillie of Westlake, Louisiana; his seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Kevin and Ryan Knouff, Paul, Philip, Patrick and Peyton Taylor; five great grandchildren.

Honoring Mr. Johnson as pallbearers are his six grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are Darrell Hryhorchuk and Mark McCall.

The Johnson family wishes to thank the staff of Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation for the dedication and care shown to Mr. Johnson during his final days.

Funeral services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.