Thomas Milton JohnsonOctober 19, 1936 ~ June 18, 2017 (age 80)
Thomas Milton Johnson, 80, died peacefully on June 18th “Fathers Day” at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas after suffering complications from a previous surgery.
A native of Houston, Tom was born on October 19, 1936 where he built a life as an attorney, teacher, and successful carpet store owner. Tom will be remembered for his kind heart, his love of children and most of all his sense of humor. Tom was an avid poker player and up until the time of his death played with the same group of pals for over 40 years. Tom’s biggest gripe was “that the older they got the harder it was to get a good game together”. Being a lover of history, for years he would take his regular pilgrimage to as many Civil War battlefields as he could fit in, often accompanied by a like-minded companion or even a lucky grandchild. By far, Tom’s biggest fans were his six grandchildren: Andrew, Katy, Adam, Ford, Ava and Graham, who affectionately called him “Grandpa Tom”. There was seldom a visit from Grandpa Tom where he wasn’t toting cartons of ice cream, each flavor hand picked to satisfy each child’s ever changing pallet. Tom had two children, Laurie Stokes Leven and Richard Stephen “Steve” Johnson, who adored their father very much. Tom is survived by his only son Steve, and his first wife, Mary Aline Lindsey, and also by his longtime companion and dearest friend, Carol Neafcy Williamette, all of whom will miss him dearly.
A graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue, on June 22, 2017 at nine o’clock in the morning.