OBITUARY

Samuel Ray Johnson Sr.

January 25, 1934July 15, 2021
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Samuel Ray Johnson, Sr., 87, of Starks, LA, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born to his late parents, James and Millie Johnson on January 25, 1934 in Starks, LA. He was a proud member of the United States Marines where he joined at 17 years old with the permission of his parents,. He served during the Korean Conflict, where he was commissioned as an officer and was a member of the Marine Corp. League. He was injured during the war, and received the Korea Service, U.N. Service, Purple Heart, Korean Unit Citation, Bronze Star, Silver Star, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was a member of the DeQuincy Masonic Lodge, Vinton Masonic Lodge, Mason in the Shriners, and a Past Post Commander with the VFW. Samuel was a lifetime member of the Commemorative Air Force and was a Boy Scouts leader for over 15 years. He had owned a 2/3 Scale P51 Mustang airplane at one time. He was a long time member of the First Pentecostal Church of Starks.

He is survived by his three sons, Samuel Johnson, Jr. (Vickie), Billy E. Johnson (Penny), David E. Johnson (Rebecca), all of Starks; one daughter, Dianne Hickey (Kevin) of Orange, TX.; two sisters, Pauline Collins of Deridder, Margaret Gillis of Starks; eleven grandchildren; along with seventeen great grandchildren.

Samuel is preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Jo Johnson; his parents; five brothers, Carmen "Bill" Ashworth, Albert Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Lester Johnson, Paul Johnson; four sisters, Jewell Poole, Rubye Rackley, Dorothy Stanley, and Jewell Ainsworth.

Services will be held at The First Pentecostal Church of Starks on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 2:00pm, with Chaplain Jeff Bell and Pastor Karl Smith officiating. Visitation will be at First Pentecostal Church of Starks on Tuesday, from 12:00pm until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Miller Annex Cemetery in Starks.

Services entrusted to Jordan and Amanda Mothershed of Hixson-Snider Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonsnider.com

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his three sons, Samuel Johnson, Jr. (Vickie), Billy E. Johnson (Penny), David E. Johnson (Rebecca), all of Starks; one daughter, Dianne Hickey (Kevin) of Orange, TX.; two sisters, Pauline Collins of Deridder, Margaret Gillis of Starks; eleven grandchildren; along with seventeen great grandchildren.


    Samuel is preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Jo Johnson; his parents; five brothers, Carmen "Bill" Ashworth, Albert Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Lester Johnson, Paul Johnson; four sisters, Jewell Poole, Rubye Rackley, Dorothy Stanley, and Jewell Ainsworth.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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Gail Marshall

July 20, 2021

So sorry for your loss.
Our prayers are with you & your family at this time.

Jimmy & Anna Marshall
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Judy Gammill

July 20, 2021

Dianne and Kevin,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mr. Johnson. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I know letting go is hard but the Lord will guide you and comfort you during this time. Judy

Codia Goebel

July 18, 2021

Dianne I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad…I have many special memories of coming and staying many times with you as a young girl .One memory was when your Dad let me “”Try “ to milk a cow with no success….He of course had to finish the job …….I love you and will be keeping you in our prayers….

Michelle Maple

July 18, 2021

So sorry to hear about Mr. Johnson’s passing. My thought and prayers go out to Diane and all the family!!

Mimi Klagge

July 17, 2021

The Pawpaw of Starks and The Parachuting Santa and the in-ground pool keeper, you will be greatly missed. Thank you for the love you shared with us “grands” growing up in the 80s & 90s, because we know it wasn’t always easy. Your selflessness made our summers a blast, our Christmases brighter and you made sure we never missed a snack. Thank you! May you enjoy eternity with your beautiful bride, rest easy Pawpaw Sam! Sending my condolences to the entire family. Love y’all.

Keke Fairchild

July 17, 2021

Sam you have brought so much joy to our family over the last year. We love you and are so thankful to have cared for you. You will truly be missed. Prayers to Mrs. Hickey and all the family. With love Keke’s Place

Troy and Lillian Gaskins

July 17, 2021

Sam, Billy, and David. Sorry for your loss. My wife Lillian and I will keep your family in our prayers and thoughts

Daniel Mason

July 17, 2021

He will forever be known to me as Sam the mail man. Every kid in Starks always knew,if you stood by the mail box,he would put the mail in the box and hand you a lollipop.

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