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Homer Johnson '49 September 27, 2021 2:31 PM updated: September 27, 2021 2:38 PM

Homer B. Johnson
November 28, 1927 - March 17, 2021

Homer B. Johnson passed away March 17, at the age of 93. Homer was born November 28, 1927. He made an impact in everything he did and touched a lot of people’s lives along the way. Homer was an inspiration to everyone he met and a great storyteller.

Homer graduated from Garland High School in 1945. He attended Texas A&M University and University of North Texas on a football scholarship. While at UNT Homer received his bachelor’s degree and then his master’s degree from East Texas State University.

Homer went to work for Garland ISD in 1948 at the age of 20, where he was an assistant football coach. Homer had a leave of absence when he was drafted into the Army in 1950, where he served in the Korean War until 1953. He then returned to coaching at Garland High School. In 1957 he was named head football coach. Then in 1963 he became the first Garland ISD Athletic Director.

During Homer’s time at Garland ISD he received numerous awards and was inducted into numerous halls of fame. His biggest honor came in 1985 after 37 years at Garland ISD when the school board of Trustees voted to change the name of Memorial Stadium to Homer B. Johnson in honor of Homer.

Homer always supported a well-rounded athletic program. He believed every student should participate in some sort of intramural program because athletics in our society provided one of the finest ways in which young people develop into responsible men and women. Homer retired in 2016 after 68 years with Garland ISD.

Homer was married to his lovely wife, Billie Johnson, in 1951. They were together for 57 years before her passing in 2008. Homer is preceded in death by his parents JM and Ruby Johnson and sister, Nancy Turner. He is survived by his son, Joc Johnson, granddaughter, Andrea Fletcher, three great grandsons, Josh Fletcher, Keyshawn Barnes, Kobe Barnes, two Nephews, Kent Turner and Kyle Turner, and great nephews and great nieces and cousins.

Homer was a member of First Baptist Church Garland. The family wants to say a special thank you to all of Homer’s co-workers, coaches, players, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Texas Alzheimer’s and Memory disorders research at Texas Health Physicians Group Dallas.

You may view the service online just click on the link provided below.

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