Howard Ray Johnson

October 28, 1933November 25, 2018

Howard Ray Johnson, 85, departed this life on November 25, 2018.

Howard was born in Havana, Alabama on October 28, 1933 to Melton and Lucile (Epperson) Johnson.

He retired from Tyler Pipe in 1997 after 43 years. He loved spending time with family and enjoyed working around the house. Howard especially loved listening to Bluegrass Music with Jean. He always welcomed you with a smile to sit and talk and, of course, bragged on his grandsons every chance he got.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Jean Johnson of Tyler; son Wayne Johnson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; daughter Wanda and husband Reggie Harris of Longview; daughter Patricia and husband Keith Stribley of Lindale; grandchildren Logan and Jason Harris of Dallas; sister Judy Faye Thompson of Jacksonville; brothers Jesse Latner and Walter Earl (Karin) Latner of Jacksonville and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Lloyd James Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services will be Thursday, November 29 at 2:00pm in the Lloyd James Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bruce Rudd officiating. Burial will follow at Cathedral In The Pines.

Pallbearers will be Logan Harris, Jason Harris, Reggie Harris, Wayne Johnson, Walter Latner, and Keith Stribley.


  • Melton Johnson, Father
  • Lucile Johnson, Mother
  • Mary Jean Johnson, Wife of 61 Years
  • Wayne Johnson, Son
  • Wanda Harris, Daughter
  • Reggie Harris, Son-in-law
  • Patricia Stribley, Daughter
  • Keith Stribley, Son-in-law
  • Logan Harris, Grandchild
  • Jason Harris, Grandchild
  • Judy Faye Thompson, Sister
  • Jesse Latner, Brother
  • Walter Earl Latner, Brother
  • Karin Latner, Sister-in-law
  • Howard Ray Johnson also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

  • Logan Harris
  • Jason Harris
  • Reggie Harris
  • Wayne Johnson
  • Walter Latner
  • Keith Stribley


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, November 29, 2018

Howard Ray Johnson

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Felecia Myrick

December 8, 2018

I’ll always remember your laugh. You were always so much fun to be around growing up. You always had a funny joke or a good story to tell. I remember the good old days sitting on Grandmaw Yaw’s front porch You, Daddy and Uncle Roscoe playing guitar and singing to all of us. We had so much fun back then. I sure am going to miss you! I Love You, Uncle Howard !

Andrea Allen-Brown

November 28, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Lifting you all up in prayer.

Mark Hoffmann

November 27, 2018

Sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

Donna Greenmyer

November 27, 2018

Uncle Howard and my daddy, Rufus, always enjoyed their time together. I’m sure they are having a blast of a reunion.