Charles Milton Johnson

July 17, 1956 - April 25, 2018
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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Charles "Chuck to friends" or "Charlie to family" Milton Johnson left this Cosmos - we believe - on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The legal documents all say Wednesday, April 25 but he didn't set his trash out on Sunday evening - so we decided he must have left us on Sunday - sometime after he talked to his bffs in Michigan. We do know, for sure and for certain, that he was born on Sunday, July 17, 1955 to Clarence M. (oh shoot - not enough room here for all of HIS nicknames) and Frances Johnson in Dallas, Texas.

There is a song by Todd Snider that perfectly ALMOST describes Charlie Johnson to a T. "Conservative, Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Male". Add these words: 7th generation Texan, Biker and Marine and there he is. That paints a perfect picture of our brother. He believed every word the Bible, Sam Houston, Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump ever said. He gave his $$$ to the Heritage Foundation and the NRA. He loved his family and his friends and especially his neighbors, most of the time. He had a great sense of humor and he could tell a story and make you laugh like no other. That man loved music more than anyone that we know. He owned cases and cases and cases of music cds - from the 1930s on - every genre: blues, country, rock, alternative, hip-hop, etc. He sat for hours playing the guitar with friends and neighbors - he taught several how to play. He could NOT sing, in case you were concerned. The happiest time of his life was after he bought "Trudy" his turquoise Victory (American-made, of course)motorcycle. I think he named her after the Charlie Daniels' song. He loved his Biker Bible Study and the friends he made during that time. He LOVED hearing and reading about our family and our ancestors. His favorite story was that our 4th great grandmother just MIGHT have canoodled with Meriwether Lewis (Lewis and Clark) -- and her husband found them (canoodling) and shot and killed him. He decided right then he was going to help with the family tree and started taking a genealogy course - turned out he taught the instructors a few things, so he quit that class. (ps - Charlie owned more guns and ammo than most male inhabitants on this earth - that's why I believe he loved that story - guns and history and the Grand Ole Opry all wrapped up in one little story - Priscilla Knight Griner/Grinder lived in what is now known as Grinder's Switch - home to Cousin Minnie Pearl from the Opry. Her real name is Sarah Ophelia Colley and is indeed our 7th cousin on Daddy's (Jones) side.)

His career in the Marines had the oh-so-coveted Embassy Duty posts in Ankara, Turkey and Geneva, Switzerland. Most of the medals earned were gun-related.

Charlie's family was getting smaller and smaller - no aunts or uncles left - they were all there to meet and greet him "On the Far Side Banks of Jordan" a Johnny Cash favorite gospel song. Mourners here are: Patsy(sister) and Brad Crawford, Lewisville, Texas; Wanda(sister) Halcom, Lewisville, Texas; Cody(nephew) and Felicia Crawford, Frisco; Austyn(great niece) Crawford, Frisco; Randy(best friend forever) and Jackie Servis, Lachine, Michigan; all of his neighbors on Anita Street, Irving, Texas. Gesford and Jones cousins live all over the South - from here in Irving and Lufkin, Texas to Huntsville, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.

There will be a Memorial Service on Thursday evening, May 31, 2018 at 6pm. The Pigeon Hole, located at 132 West Irving Blvd, down the block from Big State,is where this Celebration of the life of Chuck Johnson will be held. There will also be a potluck supper for attendees.

Charlie's final ride will be to the National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas - off of Loop 12. Pastor Gary Tigue will do the honor of carrying Charlie in his Glory Bound Motorcycle Hearse on his final ride. If you would like to follow Brother Gary and Charlie to the cemetery, we will meet at the Pigeon Hole at 1:30pm - kickstands up at 1:45pm -- Friday, June 1st. Charlie's service is the last one of the day at 2:30pm. If you are not following the procession, please be in line at the cemetery by 2pm.

"No sir, this is the West. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Maxwell Scott from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" - one of Chuck's favorite movies. Well any movie with John Wayne or guns or knives.

We believe that Chuck would have wanted monetary donations to the new Biker Bible Study at the Pigeon Hole - via Pastor Gary Tigue OR Wreaths Across America. If you can't give $$, then go give some of your time at the National Cemetery or Oak Grove or your choice and help place those wreathes on veteran's graves.

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Mike Dorety
Crowley, TX
Gone way too soon, Rest in Peace.  Semper Fidelis, Marine!
Patsy Crawford
Lewisville, TX
So you leave us here to watch MICHIGAN television commercials two or three times an hour!! So, EVERY TIME I forgot for a moment that your are pickin' and grinnin' with Jesus - ta da - another Michigan commercial - with Tim Allen's dulcet voice and videos of lakes and golf courses - to remind me that this weird dream is indeed real.  I wish you could have lived your dream for just a while in Michigan - but I think you are happier right where you are now.

Your sense of humor is warped and we miss you! Your big little Sis - loveya -
Sandra Price
Grand Prairie, TX
May you rest in peace big guy. One day we will see you again. Thank you for letting me hop a ride with you in the Irving parade, save me spot in heaven so I can hop a cloud with you. You will be missed by many.
Bob Lawrence
Dallas, TX
Chuck is in a much better place now.
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