Venita Bea (Roberts) Johnson

September 5, 1938November 6, 2020

Services will be held for Venita Bea Roberts Johnson Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Park Avenue Church of Christ in Denison TX. Mrs. Johnson passed from this earthly life November 6, 2020. Venita Bea Roberts Johnson was born September 5, 1938 in Wapanucka, Oklahoma. She was a resident of Denison, Texas. She was the daughter of Almorine and Ellie Elizabeth Bracken Roberts. She, along with her parents and 3 older siblings moved to the Nida Community, Johnston County, Oklahoma when she was one year old. She graduated from Nida in 1956 and attended college at Cooke County College in Gainesville, Texas and Grayson County College in Denison, Texas. She was a member of the Pottsboro Church of Christ. She married Donald Eugene Johnson March 24, 1956 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The young couple’s wedding was officiated by Charles R. Murray. They established their first home in San Francisco, California where Don served in the US Army and was stationed at the Presidio. Upon Mr. Johnson’s discharge from the military, the couple resided in Tyler, Texas where he resumed his career with Texas Power and Light Company (later named Texas Utilities). Throughout their marriage they lived in Sherman, Paris, and Gainesville and returned to Denison to make their permanent home. Two sons were born to the couple. Mrs. Johnson taught private piano and organ for a number of years while living in Gainesville. They were members of the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Gainesville where she taught Bible school classes. They were also active in school activities serving as officers in the Gainesville Red Coat Band Booster Club where she also served as an accompanist for a number of band students for solo and ensemble contests. Venita has maintained contact with a large number of former Red Coat Band members whom she lovingly called her Baby Chicks and they affectionately called her Momma J, or Momma Hen. In 1977, the Johnson’s were transferred again to the Northern Division of Texas Power and Light, making their home in Denison at the time. Mrs. Johnson was a Medical Transcriptionist and worked at Medical Plaza Hospital for a number of years. She was also employed by Texoma Cardiology (Dr. Calizto Romero and Dr. Mario Bonilla), Dr. Jack Thomas and retired from the Texoma Cancer Center in Sherman. She then did out-source medical transcription work serving as an editor until December, 2017. She did volunteer work as a tutor at Pottsboro Elementary School. She is survived by her two sons, Mark Johnson and his wife, Diane, of Deport, Texas; Phil Johnson of Denison, Texas; five grandchildren, Jennifer Garrison and husband Josh of Detroit, Texas, Chris Johnson and his wife Allison of Forest Chapel, Texas, Tiffany Simpson and husband John of Paris, Texas, Ryan Johnson of Sherman, Texas and Ashleigh Baker of Denison, Texas. Also surviving are seven great grandchildren; Marlee Garrison, Cy Garrison and Ciannah Garrison, Detroit, Texas, Claytie Simpson, Paris; and Austin Blair, Jordyn Johnson and RaeLynn Johnson of Forest Chapel, Texas. Nieces and Nephews; Joy Beth Garner, Deport, Texas, Cathy Markwardt, Garland, Texas, David Hickman, Garland, Dan Roberts, McKinney, Texas, Karen Johnson Cravens, Oklahoma City, Okla, Pati Johnson Rhea, Anchorage, Alaska, Tommy Johnson, Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and Mike Johnson of Chicago, Illinois; and a large number of cousins, great nieces and nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her soul mate and best friend, her husband Donald E. Johnson in 1989; a grand-daughter, Shelby Paige Johnson; her father and mother Almorine and Ellie Roberts; three sisters, Joy Marie Cabbell, Pearl Tucker, and Tennie Hickman; one brother William A. (Bill) Roberts, two nephews, Robert (Bob) Cabbell and Joe Johnson. Pallbearers will be: Ryan Johnson, Chris Johnson, Josh Garrison, Cy Garrison, John Simpson and David Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Gary Dodson, Kory Waller, the Gainesville, Texas Red Coat Band who were under the direction of Mr. Charles Lynch during the 1970’s. Ministers will be Todd Catteau and Kevin Shimp.


  • Almorine Roberts, Father (deceased)
  • Ellie Elizabeth Bracken Roberts, Mother (deceased)
  • Donald Eugene Johnson, Husband (deceased)
  • Mark Johnson (Diane), Son
  • Phil Johnson, Son
  • Jennifer Garrison (Josh), Granddaughter
  • Chris Johnson (Allison), Grandson
  • Tiffany Simpson (John), Granddaughter
  • Ryan Johnson, Grandson
  • Ashleigh Baker, Granddaughter
  • Marlee Garrison, Great Grandchild
  • Cy Garrison, Great Grandchild
  • Ciannah Garrison, Great Grandchild
  • Claytie Simpson, Great Grandchild
  • Austin Blair, Great Grandchild
  • Jordyn Johnson, Great Grandchild
  • RaeLynn Johnson, Great Grandchild
  • Joy Beth Garner, Niece
  • Cathy Markwardt, Niece
  • David Hickman, Nephew
  • Dan Roberts, Nephew
  • Karen Johnson Cravens, Niece
  • Patti Johnson Rhea, Niece
  • Tommy Johnson, Nephew
  • Mike Johnson, Nephew
  • Shelby Paige Johnson, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Joy Marie Cabbell, Sister (deceased)
  • Tennie Hickman, Sister (deceased)
  • Pearl Tucker, Sister (deceased)
  • William A. (Bill) Roberts, Brother (deceased)
  • Robert (Bob) Cabbell, Nephew (deceased)
  • Joe Johnson, Nephew (deceased)

Learn more about the Johnson name


  • Ryan Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Chris Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Josh Garrison, Pallbearer
  • Cy Garrison, Pallbearer
  • John Simpson, Pallbearer
  • David Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Dr. Gary Dodson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kory Waller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • The Gainesville Texas Red Coat Band under direction of Mr Charles Lynch during the 1970s, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation With Family

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020


Venita Bea (Roberts) Johnson

have a memory or condolence to add?

Grace Walterscheid

November 10, 2020

Mark, Phil and family. Truly the care and encouragement Momma J showed to her Redcoat Band baby chicks was heaven sent. She helped many of us achieve things we never thought possible by always showing her faith in us. Many happy and grateful memories of the many times she spent to help us practice for UIL solos. She was the best accompanist anyone has ever had! She and Don opened their home and shared good times and showed great patience to us in those years. She sure loved her family. I will always remember your parents fondly. I am sure anyone who ever met either of them feels the same way. Love and peace to all of you.
Grace Miller Walterscheid, proud GHS class of '76 & Redcoat Band member.


Learn more about the Johnson name