Benjamin Demille Johnson
February 2, 1934 – November 30, 2019
Benjamin DeMille Johnson was welcomed home by the Lord on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at age 85. He was born in Fruitvale, Texas to Vernon Johnson and Vergie Parlee Chandler on Friday, February 2, 1934. Ben was a member of the United States Marine Corps and bravely served our country during the Korean War. In 1955 Ben returned home to assist his ill mother in raising his siblings after earning numerous medals including the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. Ben supported his family as an Apartment Maintenance Man and later as a Building Superintendent at the World Trade Center in Dallas, Texas. Benjamin was a family man, a jokester and you knew if he loved you, he was going to give you a hard time. His friends and family will reflect on how much he enjoyed life and spending time with those he cared about. In his free time, he enjoyed playing Texas Hold Em, fishing, and listening to country western music. Ben was most proud of his dedication and accomplishments to fishing. He was a member of the Century Bass Club and everyone knew who he was because of his great skill, his many championship wins and his biggest trophy of all was his shiny red Skeeter boat. One thing Ben enjoyed most about life was his five daughters, some of which are still major Daddy’s Girls. Ben may have only had daughters, but he taught them valuable life lessons including how to fish, the love for sports and how to be strong women. Ben loved being a Pawpaw and teaching his young grandchildren how to play Bingo at the local Bingo halls. He also taught them the love of Blue Bell ice cream and Milk Duds and was dedicated to being at all 16 of his grandchildren’s special events. Once Ben became a Great-Grandfather, all the great-grandchildren thought he was the coolest Pawpaw around because they could ride around his apartments on his scooter while he bragged to his friends about all 34 of his great grandchildren. Ben loved having a large family and had a special connection with each and every one of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In Ben’s later years, he surpassed the Doctor’s expectations time and time again. He proved his strength and courage to not give up. Benjamin lived a full and happy life and is preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Vergie, first wife Marie Glover and siblings, Ethal Everett, Juanell Shelton, Vernell Jones, and Jean Parr. Benjamin is survived by his children Janice Camp, Diane Martin, Brenda Moore, Pam Vallance, and Tina Potter, wife of 30 years Sandra Johnson; grandchildren Stephanie Kelley, Sean Kelley, Amanda Peck, Amber Richardson, Ashley Martin-Golis, Rachel Martin, Alec Martin, Jennifer Beuerlein, Ben Moore, Dustin Dennie, Katie Blue, Jessica Barrett, Al Vallance, Samantha Mendoza, Lynsey Belloso and Megan Potter; and many grandson-in-laws, granddaughter-in-laws, and 34 great-grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers are Ben Moore, Ryan Richardson, Allan Peck, Alec Martin, Brandon Beuerlein, Jeff Mendoza, Rick Belloso and Carlos Flores.
- Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, December 6, 2019