OBITUARY

Johnny R. Taft

May 11, 1941December 28, 2018
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Taft, Johnny 77. Mr. Taft proudly served his country in the US Army for over 20 years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. He has now left us on earth to serve His Lord in Heaven. He was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Michael Taft; his parents, Minnie and Bob Taft; his sister Virginia Lee Thompson; and his brother Bobby Gene Taft. He leaves behind the love of his life, his childhood sweetheart, best friend, and wife of over 57 years, Anita Taft; his beloved son, Christopher Brian Taft; his cherished daughter Christina Diana Taft; and dear sister, Vera Louise Waller. He also leaves behind the joys in his life, his grandchildren, Justin Michael, Danielle Lorraine, Megan Nicole, Morgan Noel, and Brian Daniel. The other joys in his life are his great-grandchildren, Easton Lane, Alexander Scott, Savannah Ann, Parker John, Aubrey Diana, and soon to join us, William Taft Davidson. Mr. Taft had a very active career in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam. Through his service, he was deployed to a variety of places including Germany, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, and finally his final stop here in Copperas Cove, Texas. After retiring from Uncle Sam, he later went on to also serve with the City of Copperas Cove for another 23 years. In his down time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. But more than his hobbies, his greatest love and enjoyment was his time with his family – his wife and especially with the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was given the nickname “The Prankster” as he was always playing practical jokes with the kids. A public viewing for Mr. Taft will be held at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, 211 W. Ave B, Copperas Cove on Jan. 3, 2019 from 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Jan. 4, 2019 at Crawford Bowers at 10 am with interment to follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Words of comfort for the Taft family may be expressed at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service with Full Military Honors Friday, January 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Johnny R. Taft

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Ann Richardson

January 4, 2019

I had met Johnny some years ago when he walked into my business and said: Hello, I was wondering what kind of business I just walked into and what you're doing. After I explained, the first thing he said was: "I think my wife would love to come here, this would be good for her." I was impressed, he immediately thought of his wife. Then he said: "You know, that you and I are kindred spirits." I recognized the same even though we'd just met. He stayed for a couple of hours, talking to me about special abilities, spiritual connections, and miraculous things that have happened in his life. I believe that Johnny was a true man , a soldier, great husband to his wife and family man, also a man with a strong spiritual connection to God. During our conversations we agreed that there is no reason to be afraid to die when our time has come, because we're just transcending into eternal life. Johnny you have left now to live in peace and joy!
My husband and I feel truly honored to have met Johnny, and also through him his wife and some of the family.
With our deepest Sympathy,
Ann and O'Bryant

Tim Edwards

January 4, 2019

There is no one like my uncle John and aunt Anita. They always lived far from us so when we got to see them it was always a time to remember. It was always for a day or two,never long enough. John always treated us kids like we were special, like each one of us was his favorite and yes he was a practical joker. I miss him and those times.
When mom passed, Uncle John and aunt Anita was always there for me and still is. Aunt Anita, you and Chris have been there when others were not. You have showed Lisa and I true love, not just words. I sure wish that we didn’t live so far away, and that we could do more.
We love you and we are always here for you,
Tim and Lisa

Sandra Pineau-Boddison

December 31, 2018

Dear Anita and family - we are so very sad to hear of John's passing, there are so many great memories of his smile, laughter and genuine care for others. I remember when Simon and I went golfing with him in Cove around the holidays when it was freezing, we had so much fun laughing and trying to stay warm while also playing a bit of golf. We shared John's beef jerky and truly enjoyed the day together. He warmly called Simon "mate" as most people that John met were friends and loved telling his favorite jokes, there was no shortage of fun when John was around. He will be missed by many and we will think of him always. Sending deepest sympathies and hugs during this difficult time. Love - Sandra and Simon

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Biography

Johnny R. Taft was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Johnny will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Johnny was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Johnny leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Johnny R. Taft.

Taft, Johnny 77. Mr. Taft proudly served his country in the US Army for over 20 years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. He has now left us on earth to serve His Lord in Heaven. He was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Michael Taft; his parents, Minnie and Bob Taft; his sister Virginia Lee Thompson; and his brother Bobby Gene Taft. He leaves behind the love of his life, his childhood sweetheart, best friend, and wife of over 57 years, Anita Taft; his beloved son, Christopher Brian Taft; his cherished daughter Christina Diana Taft; and dear sister, Vera Louise Waller. He also leaves behind the joys in his life, his grandchildren, Justin Michael, Danielle Lorraine, Megan Nicole, Morgan Noel, and Brian Daniel. The other joys in his life are his great-grandchildren, Easton Lane, Alexander Scott, Savannah Ann, Parker John, Aubrey Diana, and soon to join us, William Taft Davidson. Mr. Taft had a very active career in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam. Through his service, he was deployed to a variety of places including Germany, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, and finally his final stop here in Copperas Cove, Texas. After retiring from Uncle Sam, he later went on to also serve with the City of Copperas Cove for another 23 years. In his down time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. But more than his hobbies, his greatest love and enjoyment was his time with his family – his wife and especially with the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was given the nickname “The Prankster” as he was always playing practical jokes with the kids. A public viewing for Mr. Taft will be held at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, 211 W. Ave B, Copperas Cove on Jan. 3, 2019 from 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Jan. 4, 2019 at Crawford Bowers at 10 am with interment to follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. Words of comfort for the Taft family may be expressed at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com