Service: 11 a.m. Friday July 2, at Fort Worth First Church of the Nazarene, in Crowley, TX. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Baumgardner Funeral Home, Fort Worth.
Born in Denton, TX to Marvin and Ann Johnson, they moved to Crowley, TX when James was very young. He remained in Crowley for the remainder of his life. He learned early on that he had a great work ethic and could do anything he put his mind to. His father would take him out of school to work with him doing different concrete jobs around lakes in Texas and allies in Dallas. He continued to work with his dad and started building fences around the area in his earlier jobs.
James met the love of his life Linda Lou Copeland at a chiropractic clinic when he was 23 and she was 19. They married July 28, 1973 and stayed married for all most 48 years. Linda jumped right into the business with James and his father. It didn’t take long before he switched his career to one of his other loves, excavation and operating trackers. He always said that he wanted to die on his tractors. He continued to work running equipment till the very end.
Our father was the absolute best father, husband, and friend anyone could ever have. He was very much larger then life individual. He always made sure he did right by everyone who knew him defiantly, knew where they stood with him. He always spoke what was on his mind and told the truth. There is no doubt he had a strong relationship with the lord.
He is survived and greatly missed by his wife, Linda; son, Jason Johnson and wife, Amanda; daughter Laurie Larson and husband, August; grandchildren, Lawson and Laken Johnson, Reagan and Reid Larson; brother, Jimmy Johnson and wife, Betty; sister, Virginia Malhis; brother-in-law, Alan and wife, Jackie Copeland; sister-in-law, Julie Childers; many friends and people he worked with for many years.
May God keep you busy driving that golden tractor in Heaven. You will be greatly missed.
In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to Livingforzachary.org.