Sharon London places a sign on Fannie’s Cafe notifying customers that the cafe will be closed until Nov. 26 following the murder of its owner.By JASON PATTERSON
and JAMIE PATTERSON
The Yazoo Herald
Horace Johnson Sr. always had a joke and a smile, and he treated every customer who walked in the door like family.
Johnson always opened the doors to Fannie’s Cafe to allow local families to celebrate events like birthdays and anniversaries and to allow families to gather after funerals. He never charged them a dime. He considered it a way to give something back to the community.
Johnson’s jovial nature is one of the reasons his restaurant has thrived in one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods for over three decades, and many Yazooans are still trying to come to terms with how someone could take his life.
The 73-year-old business owner was murdered Friday night after he tried to remove a disorderly man from his local business. Johnson died from a gunshot wound to his throat.
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