Memorial services for Philip Johnson Sr., of Whitehouse, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Southern Oaks Baptist Church with the Rev. David Mapp officiating.
Mr. Johnson passed away at his home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer on June 19, 2014.
Phil was born on Nov. 7, 1948, in Palestine. He was a graduate of Westwood High School in 1967 and served in the U.S. Navy immediately following. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology at UT Tyler in 1986. He served as a Tyler police officer for eight years. He worked, then retired as a Felony Probation Officer in Smith County for 23 years. Phil loved and dedicated his life to his family, and took great joy in being a part of the daily lives of his wife, children and grandchildren. He was known as Grampsy to his grandchildren.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Juanita Johnson; and his brothers, Warren and Billy Arnett Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Poliquit Johnson; his daughter, Cheryl Austin and husband Frank, of Bullard; his son, Philip Johnson Jr. and wife Ashley, of Whitehouse; his grandchildren, Colton and Connor Mebane, of Bullard, Maegan, Blake and Jack Johnson, and Cooper and Camryn Dickey, all of Whitehouse; his siblings, Travis Johnson and wife Colleen, David Johnson and wife Dianne, Karan Cole and husband Glen, Paula Mapp and husband David, and Billy Johnson and wife Janice.
He is also survived by 22 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Heart to Heart Hospice and Dr. Gregory and his staff at Texas Oncology for all of their care and support.
Donations may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Whitehouse in memory of Phil, where he attended for the past eight years with his wife.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 22, 2014