Wesley "Wes" Johnson '54 August 15, 2023 11:38 AM updated: August 15, 2023 12:05 PM
Wesley E. Johnson
August 11, 1932 - June 29, 2023
Wesley E. Johnson entered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on June 29, 2023.
Wes was born in Hobbs, NM on August 11, 1932 to Sam and Hassie Johnson. He had an older brother, Carlton. Their family of 4 moved to Texas where he spent most of his life. Wes attended Millsap High School where he participated in many school activities and played center on the basketball team.
In the late summer of 1950, his parents dropped him off at the local bus stop where he departed with his trunk for Texas A&M University. Wes interrupted his studies and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served in the 801st Medical Air Evacuation Squadron. After being stationed in Korea and Japan, his last assignment took him to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. where he met the love of his life, Anne Peters, in a church youth group. After marrying in November 1955, Wes and Anne moved to College Station, TX where Wes completed his accounting degree and Anne worked on her "PhT" (putting hubby through).
After graduating, they left College Station for Houston, TX with a newborn son and baby daughter on the way. Wes was hired by Xerox Corporation where he enjoyed a long successful career that took him and his family to Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. He eventually became the Real Estate Manager for the Southern United States. Wes was ordained as a deacon while in Houston, TX and served in several churches throughout his life. He coached boys' basketball, was a Sunday School department director, served on deacon selection committees, gave tours of First Baptist Dallas facilities and sang in the choir. He rarely missed a service and looked for every opportunity to serve.
Anne and Wes enjoyed traveling and made many trips to Hawaii, as well as to Alaska, Israel, China, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt and Europe. After retiring from Xerox in 1998, Wes traveled with the Texas Baptist Men to many locations in the US and Canada building churches for the glory of God. He also volunteered for many years at Dallas Life, a homeless recovery center. Wes' priorities were faith, family and country. He served his church in many capacities, generously giving of his time, money and leadership. He was fiercely loyal to Anne and his children and cared for his aging mother for years until her death at 102. He was so proud of his 4 grandsons and great granddaughter and enjoyed his extended family immensely. He surely was welcomed by his Lord with the words "well done, my good and faithful servant."
Wes is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anne Johnson, his children Wes Johnson, Jr (Nancy) and Carol Samsky (Rob), grandsons Andrew Samsky, John Samsky, Will Samsky and Matthew Samsky, great granddaughter, Emily Samsky and 6 nieces and nephews.
A service for Wes will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 6, 2023 at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery at 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, TX 76542. Please arrive 10 minutes early in order to line up for a procession into the cemetery.