Jerry Johnson passed away on September 11, 2020.
Jerry was born in Hearne, Texas on November 16, 1939 and moved with his family to Jackson, Mississippi.
Jerry and Pat went to Provine High School. Jerry attended Millsaps College while Pat went to Mississippi College. Jerry was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. They made lifelong friends in Jackson. After school Jerry was employed by a wholesale HVAC company where he traveled throughout Mississippi selling equipment.
Jerry and Pat Magee were married in Jackson. They have four children, Ginny Sims (Robert), Jeff Johnson (Berry), Patrick Johnson (Jennifer), Catherine Hicks (Brian).
Jerry was grandfather to Mare Gibbs (Jake), Mollie Witherspoon (Joe), Len Clark, Ainslee Johnson, Chris Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Griffin Johnson, Berry V Johnson, Hattie Hicks, Lilly Hicks, Daniel Hicks and one great grandchild, Sims Gibbs.
The family moved to Yazoo City in the early 70s and Jerry opened up Johnson Cooling & Heating on Main Street. He sold Amana appliances and brought the first microwave to Yazoo.
Jerry also was a dealer of Motorola two-way radios. He serviced farmers and other businesses. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, designing an intake for trucks for mud racing. He also opened up a motorcycle shop and started a motocross track outside of Yazoo City.
Jerry was prone to bouts of spontaneity. He loved to lavish attention on his grandchildren in unique ways, such as taping hundreds for peppermints on a tricycle for his granddaughter’s birthday, putting money in a balloon for his grandchildren to pop or showing up in their front yard with a pony. He also loved to garden and cook big feasts on holidays and Sunday mornings.
One of Jerry’s favorite activities in Yazoo City was our hunting camp in the Delta National Forest. During the hunting season, Jerry rode a fire breathing horse called “Buck.” Tall tales, great food, large outdoor fires and late nights were the regular.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father Foye Elmer Johnson, his mother Opal Lee Johnson and his sister Wanda Lynn Johnson Smith.
A memorial service will be held at Stricklin-King funeral home in Yazoo City on Saturday, September 19 with the visitation at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m.
Romans 8:38-39. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.