1944 - 2020
A family memorial service for Willie Frank Johnson was held on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Edgewood, Texas. Officiating were the Rev. L.A. (Pokey) Goodson and the Rev. Bryan Smith.
Willie Frank was born and raised in Edgewood, the son of Arthur and Ethel Johnson. He graduated from Edgewood High School. As many remember, he had polio in 1950 at the age of 6 . This left him with a disability, but it never defined who he was or what he could do.
Willie was called into the ministry. Ordained by the United Methodist Church, he was pastor in Enloe-Lake Creek, Detroit-Woodland, Archer City, Wichita Falls, and Leonard. After retiring from the Methodist church, he started Leonard Community Fellowship, a non-denominational church whose focus was serving God and helping people in the community.
Pastor Willie loved old cars and always had one he was restoring. He loved working with wood, making everything from bird houses to bookshelves. He loved talking to people, never meeting a stranger. He loved his family. He loved Edgewood and looked forward to class reunions and visiting with former classmates. He loved being involved in the community; writing weekly newspaper articles, participating in local events, car shows, service clubs, and he served two terms as mayor of Leonard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Liz; sister, Patricia Hollowell and Jerry; mother of his children, Cheryl Johnson; children, Tanya Voorhies and Brent, Stenton Johnson, Brandon Johnson and Tammy, bonus daughter, Laina Dillman and Rob; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; niece and nephews and special cousins in Edgewood, Pokey and Dorothy Faye Goodson.