LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – John Wesley Johnson, famously known as the Mayor of North Lufkin, has died.
Johnson passed away Wednesday, July 7th. He was 60.
A funeral service was held today at the Lufkin Civic Center. Interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Hundreds came to say their goodbyes, calling Johnson a lover of his community with a personality larger than life.
"It's a huge outpouring of appreciation for his work and friendship from not only Lufkin but all across the state," said Lufkin Mayor Jack Gordon.
Johnson was known as a man who worked to get things done.
"Everybody in town knew him," said Ivies Ford.
"He wasn't afraid to go down to city hall and talk with the mayor, talk with the police chief on seeing about getting things done," said Councilman Robert Shank le.
Johnson was born and raised in Lufkin. After graduating from Dunbar high school, Johnson enlisted in the United States Navy.
He honorably served his country, and his community, as a faithful member of the Friendship Social club, and an active member of Mt. Olive Baptist church. Johnson also helped lead Tims Funeral Home.
"Although he didn't have children, he had a lot of children and I just hope the youngsters will follow and put some of their services into the community," said Ford.
"He was just a lover of everybody," said Barbara Thompson.
"I'll miss his leadership that he showed before his family," said his nephew, Kevin Johnson. "J.W. Johnson, Mayor of North Lufkin, he'll really be missed."
Saturday's service honored Johnson's years of service to his country, family and community.
Loved ones say they can rejoice, knowing that Johnson has gone home.
John Wesley Johnson's latest service was on the Lufkin Pro Day committee, a new effort to honor professional athletes coming from Lufkin.