James Edgar “Eddie” Johnson
James Edgar “Eddie” Johnson, 91, of Marianna, Fl., died Monday, June 23, at Chipola Nursing Pavilion.
Born in Huntington, Tx., Sept. 30, 1922, he was the son of Perry Edward Johnson and Montie Ann Collins Johnson. Mr. Johnson had resided in Marianna for the past 16 years. He was a United States Army Air Corp. veteran and was a life-long student and educator. He received a Degree of Theology from Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McAllister College, also in St. Paul. He studied as a Post Graduate student at The University of Texas in Austin, Baylor University in Waco, and Lamar University in Beaumont. He received his Master of Arts in History from Lamar University. His early life was devoted to ministry as a Pastor and Bible Teacher. He later became an educator and administrator for the West-Orange Cove School District. He made a life time impact on his many students who still kept in touch with him for many years following his retirement. In post-retirement, he served as a home parent for Methodist Children’s home in Waco, and later became the owner and operator of Jeddie’s Coins in Orange.
He was an authentic person who shared his passion of life in many paths. He was a private small engine pilot, had an avid interest in old and rare coins, enjoyed “bee keeping”, was a volunteer for disaster planning for the American Red Cross, and was a Bible Teacher extraordinaire. His greatest mission was to make a lifetime impact on his students, whether in a public school educational setting or in a church ministry. He had a great passion for teaching and learning.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Gooch Johnson of Marianna; son, James Eddie Johnson and wife, Joyce of Huntington; daughters, Sharon Lipford and husband, Virgil of Marianna, Pat Leiter and husband, David of Oaks, Pa; sister, Daisy Lee Singletary of Austin; grandsons, Joel Johnson, Jason Lipford, and Brandon Guidry; granddaughters, Kimberly Johnson and Jana Rednour; and great-grandchildren, Jeremy Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Faith Johnson, Lance Johnson, Nathan Lipford, John Rednour IV and, Josiah Rednour.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Maddox Chapel in Marianna, with the Rev. Steven Potter officiating, with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.
A visitation will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Saturday, June 28, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Vidor.