J. L. was born on March 1, 1939 in Streeter, (Mason County) Texas. He worked most of his adult life for Union Texas Petroleum; where he formed many lifelong friendships.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rita Johnson of Rankin; two sons, Jackie Johnson and Rodney Johnson and his wife Jackie; three grandchildren, Kayla, Tara, and Ryan; his brother, Douglas Johnson and his wife Gina; two sisters, Joyce Johnson, Shirley Simmons and her husband Ken, along with many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly; his sister-in-laws, Amy Gonzales and Christina Leon and their families, which always held a special place in his heart.
J. L. was active for years in the Lions Club and the Barbados Cook offs.
He faithfully attended the First United Methodist Church in Rankin. He was welcomed Home by his Lord on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Graveside services will be held at 10am on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the Rankin Cemetery with Reverend Jennifer Kelley officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.