James Allen Johnson

January 22, 1946October 27, 2020

James Allen Johnson, 1946-2020, Vietnam Veteran, is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie and Billie Jo; grandson Riley; son-in-law David; and granddaughter Erin. Jim was the youngest of 13 with dozens of cousins, family and friends. A horse judge for 50 years, his lifelong passion was breeding and showing horses never giving up the pursuit of a World Champion.


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James Allen Johnson

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marilyn zellaha

November 8, 2020

My baby brother, Jimmy, was born a horseman. From a small boy, this was his passion. He has told the story of purchasing his first horse. He had made a deal with the guy, but, then decided he wanted to back out, so, talked to our dad about that. Our dad said to Jim, if you made a deal, you have to accept it. So, that is how he bought his first horse, I believe Jim was probably 15,or 16. His life included his wife, the girls Billie, and Stephanie in the world of horses. They attended many horse shows on weekends, so, when we visited from Nebraska, we didn't see them! We didn't ,measure up to the horses! Darn! I am six years older than brother Jim. Sorta sad, cuz, growing up, he got left out of things, that, me and my brothers and sister could do, so, our Dad would have to entertain Jim. As Jim came into adulthood, he and I became closer. Over the years, we made many connections between us. I am thankful, I could help celebrate his 60th BD in Brady Texas. Jim came to many family events, even though the distance was long from Texas. Upon his moving to Spencer Iowa, we were able to spend more time together. I could go on, and, on about Jim. Jim loved to insert a joke, and, to surprise us! I miss him. He so loved the horse world.

Martin Leatherwood

October 27, 2020

Jim was a great guy. When our kids were younger, he would call us when one of his mares had a baby and we would take them out to see the momma care for her new baby.

We will miss Jim "the Bug Man".

Martin & Phyllis Leatherwood
Brady, Texas


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