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Cleo Johnson 6/30/1945 - 7/6/2014

 

Cleo Johnson
45th Reunion - May 24, 2008
TALL COTTON
by Cleo Johnson
August 2008


On the way home from having dinner with Rocky and Janie Sylvester, I brought up a story about the Vacation Bible School at the Assembly of God church in Cushing. I think Janie and I both attended when we were in the 5th grade.

The church was giving away a bicycle to the one who brought the most visitors to the Bible School that year. My mother had made friends with a lady who had 8 children. Each day on the way to Bible School we would go to their home and pick up as many of her kids that we could, anywhere from 4 to 8. By the end of Bible School that year I had brought more than 2 times the number of visitors than any one else. I won the bike!

Being raised with modest means, this was one of the best days of my life. I can remember riding home shiny red bicycle; I thought I was in tall cotton.

NOTE: Galatians 6:7 (King James Version) - "... for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 

 

Cleo Johnson 6/30/1945 - 7/6/2014

OBITUARY:

Cleo Allen Johnson, retired plumber/building contractor, passed away Sunday evening, July 6, 2014, at his home, at the age of 69 years. 

The son of the late Johnny Johnson and Elsie LeaDean Craig Johnson, Cleo was born on June 30, 1945 in Yale, Oklahoma, and was raised and educated in the Cushing Schools, graduating from Cushing High School with the class of 1963.

 

Following his high school graduation, he served his Country in the United States Army.

 

After completing his plumber and contractor licenses, he owned and operated the Lincoln County Plumbing Company in Chandler, and in 1999, he moved to Cushing and started the C & S Plumbing Company here, retiring from the company in 2000.

 

 Cleo had lived in Carney for over 25 years and was very active in the Carney community.  He served on the City Council, serving several terms as Mayor; he had served as the Fire Chief and also on the Carney School Board.  He was an avid fisherman, loving to spend time outside, working on the yard, gardening, feeding the fish, or just hanging out on the front porch.

 

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride of his life and he enjoyed spending time with them. He was a big sports fan, always rooting for O.U., the Dallas Cowboys and the Thunder.  He also enjoyed bowling and for many years bowled on a league.

 

Surviving include his wife Dawna of the home; four sons, Jon Eric Johnson of Cushing, Jay Johnson of Carney, Terry Hancock and Shawn Hancock both of Perkins; four daughters, Tonya McCalla, Lori Aakre, Laura Johnson all of Stillwater and LaDawn Mueggenborg and her husband Bobby of Oklahoma City; his step-mother, Ada Lea “Mickey” Johnson of Cushing; three sisters, Marilyn McFarlin of Tulsa, Leora Barrows of Cushing and Beverly Sneed and her husband Richard of Tampa, Florida; one brother Terry Johnson of Newcastle, Oklahoma; 25 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son Keith Hancock.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Cushing High School Alumni Association, Building/Roofing Fund, P.O. Box 642, Cushing OK 74023, in his memory.

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