Thomas “Tommy” Solomon Johnson, currently of Gonzales, LA, passed away peacefully at his home on July 2, 2021.  Tommy loved doing all kinds of projects, he could fix just about anything in the home, cars, yard, and it was hard finding him sitting still. He loved doing Daddy-Dos for his kids (especially Karen) and his kids enjoyed finding things to work with him on.  He was particularly fond of his red 1958 Ford pickup and enjoyed refurbishing it. He also bought a brand new beautiful white Ford pickup that pampered and cherished.  Tommy was born November 7, 1927 in Abilene, TX to Charles Walton Johnson and Ottie Dabbs Johnson.  He was the 2nd child of eight children.  As a child, Tommy attended school in Neinda, Mc Caully and Hamlin, Texas.  He graduated Hamlin High School in 1945 and joined the Army Air Corp (Air Force) at the age of 19.  After training in Spokane, WA, and Biloxi, MS, he went to Japan with Occupational Forces at the end of WWII.  When he returned, Tommy worked at the Celotex Manufacturing Plant in Hamlin, where his father and father-in-law also worked.  On July 23, 1949, Tommy and Faye were married in Hamlin, where they resided until December of 1949.  Soon after they traveled to Chicago where Tommy attended a drafting training school.  Later, Tommy and Faye moved to Ft. Worth and Tommy began his 10 year career at Ellison’s Furniture store in Ft. Worth.   In 1963 he went to work for Pitney Bowes and was employed there for 25 years. He worked at Pitney Bowes locations in Waco, Ft. Worth, Beaumont and Houston, TX.  After retiring from Pitney Bowes in Houston, Tommy and Faye owned and operated TLC Regency Boarding Kennel in Houston, TX for the next 11 years.  They were members of First Baptist Church of Houston for 18 years. While in Houston, they were members of NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illness and taught over 20 Family Education courses to over 500 family members of the mentally ill.

Tommy and Faye moved to Burleson in 2002 and attended Travis Ave Baptist Church of Ft Worth until they sold their home and moved to Heritage Place Independent Living near Huguley Hospital.  In 2019 they moved to Gonzales, LA, next door to their daughter and husband, Karen and CW Wimberly.  Tommy was a devoted and humble man of God and lived his life as such.  He was an ordained deacon at Travis Avenue Church in Ft. Worth, TX in the 1960’s and served churches in Houston and Waco, as well.  Tommy and Faye served as Sunday School directors in several churches and Tommy served as Adult Division Director at First Baptist of Houston for 15 years. Tommy is preceded in death by his son Thomas Joel Johnson in 2011.  Tommy is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Faye Wood Johnson; children, Barbara Masey of Gonzales, LA, Karen (CW) Wimberly, of Gonzales, LA, and Lane (Pam) Johnson, of Hudson, CO.  He was Grandpa and PePaw to his 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and enjoyed teasing them, teaching them and was an extraordinary example in their lives. Arrangements with Church Funeral Services, St. Amant 225-644-9683

 

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