Johnny Brown

October 2, 1949May 26, 2018
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Johnny Lee Brown 68, of Amarillo passed away May 26, 2018. He was born October 2, 1949 in Memphis, Texas to Jack and Ruby Brown. He proudly served his country for 38 years in the Army National Guard. He married the love of his life Susan Hemby on June 6, 1969; together they had two daughters Jana and Amy. He was a hardworking man who loved god and his family. His children and grandchildren knew that they could count on him no matter what. He was always quick to lend a hand, never asking for anything in return. In his free time Johnny enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling and playing golf but most of all spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Ronnie.

He is survived by his loving wife Susan; his daughter’s Jana Tristan and husband Joe; Amy Brown and husband Don. Grandchildren Drew Pearson, Erica Kelley, Tavia Brown, Tiara Kelley, Mark (MJ) Kelley, Taryn Jordan and Tori Jordan. Great grandchild Reese Kelley. One sister Jackie Boddye and husband Mike and a sister-in-law Karen Goodson and Della Brown.


  • Don Jordan
  • MJ Kelley
  • David Callen
  • Kyle Crook
  • Joe Tristan
  • Robert Kennedy


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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David Burks

May 30, 2018

Gay and I met Johnny through the Texas National Guard. I played on the ball team with Johnny. He was such a fantastic man. We often shared a beer and had good times together. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Shirley Patterson

May 30, 2018

I met Johnny when he in listed in the Natioal Guard. He was the one with a smile on his face along with a twinkle in his eyes. When my husband Pat retired from guard and It was activated, Johnny was always on his mind and in his prayers. GOD bless each of you in your sorrow.

Andy Andrews

May 30, 2018

Johnny served with my father in the Guard and I had the pleasure of serving with Johnny before he retired. Here is a old photo from the Guard. RIP Johnny had some good memories with you brother.



      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Johnny Brown who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Johnny was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Johnny knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were Jack and Ruby Brown. Johnny was raised in Wellington and Amarillo. Even as a youngster, Johnny learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Johnny was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Johnny was raised with One older brother Ronnie and one younger sister Jackie. Ronnie and Jackie. Johnny had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Johnny, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Johnny reveled in the security of his family. On June 6, 1969 Johnny exchanged wedding vows with Susan Hemby at the Hilcrest Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas. One of Johnny’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Johnny was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Johnny would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Johnny was blessed with 2 children, Jana and Amy. They were also blessed with 7 grandchildren 1 great grandchild, Drew, Erica, Tavia, Tiara, Taryn and Tori and Reese.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Johnny was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Johnny was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Johnny upheld his standards. His primary occupation was in the Army National Guard. Johnny was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Johnny was an Army National Guard. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Johnny to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included softball, hunting, and fishing. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were The Texas Rangers.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Johnny liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Johnny was an active member of the Panhandle Pistol Club.

       He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, he found new pleasure in hunting, fishing and playing golf. In many ways, Johnny loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Johnny passed away on May 26, 2018 at BSA Hospital, Amarillo, Texas. Myocardial Infarction. He is survived by his wife Susan, two daughter's Jana and Amy. Seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were held at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Elder Scott Edwards officiating. Military honors provided by Volley's for Veteran's. Johnny was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery.

      All who knew him would agree that Johnny was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Johnny Brown did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.