Mr. Henry L. Johnson was born on September 15, 1956, in Jackson, Mississippi to the union of the late Ivory Johnson and Laura Bell Green Johnson (Hubbard). He was the 4th of 5 children.
Henry attended G. N. Smith Elementary School, Powell Jr. High School and graduated from Murrah High School in 1974. Henry excelled in music, playing his trombone, and received a full four-year music scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University. Henry was very good at his craft and was able to recommend full scholarships for three other people to the college. Henry was an integral member of the "Mean Green Marching Machine," MVSU's marching band. "Pogo", Henry's nickname at the time, was inducted into the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Henry also pledged and became a member f the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the MSVU Chapter. He still has the "Q" brand on his arm. Henry received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.
Henry accepted Christ at a very early young age and was baptized at Shady Grove M.B. Chuch in Jackson, MS. He remained a member until he graduated from college. Henry met and married his college sweetheart, Ruth Ann Harris. They relocated to Dallas, Texas in 1982, and joined First Baptist Church, where they are still members. To the union of Henry and Ruth, two children were born.
Henry loved football and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He tried playing football briefly in Jr. high School. When asked why he quit, he said: "The pads were too heavy." Heney also watched a lot of television, especially HGTV. He had an affinity for model homes, decorating and DIY home projects.
Henry always worked extremely hard, most of his life working two jobs. just to make sure his family was sufficiently provided for. This enabled his wife, Ruth to be able to pursue and become very successful in respiratory therapy. Together they have been able to provide a lovely life. Henry has always loved all his family and always been very loyal and dedicated to people in his life. The last few years were very challenging to Heney healthwise, but he made a point to always do what he could, often pushing himself to be available and helpful to everyone: family, friends, neighbors and his grandchildren who he loved dearly. "Paw-Paw" was always available, and time of the day or night.
Visitation hours will be at Peoples Funeral Home on January 11, 2019, from 12-7 p.m. Funeral service will be held on January 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at New Jerusalem M.B. Church, located at 1285 Raymond Road - Jackson, Mississippi 39204.
Interment will follow at Garden Memorial Cemetery - Jackson, MS 39209
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