John Earl Johnson
February 17, 1926 – February 18, 2021
John was born on February 17, 1926, and went home to be with his Lord and family on February 18, 2021, at the age of 95. John was born in Houston, Mississippi, and grew up there and in the neighboring town of Vardaman. He was the last surviving sibling in a family of eight. He joined the Navy in 1944 during World War II and served on the USS Liddle as it participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands. He spent the next 20 years in the Navy, serving mostly at sea on aircraft carriers as an Interior Communications Electrician. He retired as a Chief IC man off the USS Lexington in 1964. After the Navy, John worked as an electrician at Sacred Heart Hospital and then St. Regis (now International Paper), retiring for a second time in 1986. During his working years and in retirement, he loved renovating his home in Warrington, doing most of the work himself. John married his beloved wife June in 1956, and they were married for 56 years until her death in 2012. He is survived by his son Robert Stephens (Diane Medeiros) of Hawaii, daughter Joan White (Paul) of Pensacola, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives around the country. John was a long-time member of Warrington Presbyterian Church which he continued to attend faithfully until his last illness at the end of 2020. He served God through his church in many ways, including as a deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher, and leader of the bus ministry. After his retirement, he enjoyed playing golf, especially with the Pinseekers. He was overjoyed when Double A baseball came to Pensacola and was one of the original season ticket holders of the Blue Wahoos. He could be seen in his seat just above the third base dugout during almost all home games, and he loved sharing his two other tickets with friends and family. John was also a long-time member of Naval Lodge No. 24 and the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 22. John was a quiet man who believed in working hard and doing one’s best in all things. He was kind and generous, deeply loved other people, and enjoyed making friendships that lasted through the years. He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and lived his life by the Golden Rule. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Because of COVID-19 concerns, a private burial service will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for later in the year when it is safer. Memorial contributions to honor John can be made to Warrington Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.
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John Earl Johnson
February 22, 2021
My dad Lynn Hieb went to church with Mr. Johnson for many years, and we would often go to Pensacola Wahoos baseball games with Mr. Johnson. I always felt honored when he would offer me a ticket to the ball games because he liked to go with people who enjoyed the game like he did. I will always think of him at baseball games.
February 20, 2021
The boys and I were so thankful to know Mr Johnson. I’ll always cherish all the awesome stories he shared with me. Mrs. Joan, we are praying for you and your family!! Always here! ❤️
February 19, 2021
Mr. Johnson was a nearby neighbor that I enjoyed visiting with him on his daily walks. He always had a smile on his face and was just pleasant to be around. He will be missed! May he rest in peace.