Services for Carl Junior Johnson, 74, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Elder Charles Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. The Chickasaw Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the cemetery.
A wake service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Criswell Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at an Ada nursing home.
He was born July 17, 1939, in Adamson to George and Odessa Bomar Johnson. He and his family moved to this area in 1947, and he attended Napier Elementary School, Ada Junior High, Ada High School and graduated from Byng High School in 1960. He attended East Central State College where he received a state board certificate of training in ARA machine tool operating.
At an early age, he joined Reaper Baptist Church and was a devoted member of the usher board. He was an active member of the church until his health began to fail.
In 1960, he enlisted in the Air Force and was honorably discharged after three years of service. At that time, he became employed at Oren Bradshaw Piano Shop where he repaired, tuned and delivered pianos, traveling to and from several states. He was employed there for almost 30 years.
Survivors include his brothers, Jesse Leonard Johnson, Ada, Howard Leon Johnson and wife, Willie Mae, San Antonio, Texas, and Ernest Johnson, McAlester; a sister, Deloris Paige and husband, Terry, Kansas City, Mo.; his aunts, Mary Factory, McAlester, Christine Keith, McAlester, and Ethel Borders, Los Angeles; his nephews, Kevin Paige, Howard Johnson Jr. and Kenneth Ware; his nieces, Katrina Ross, Sandra Johnson, Faye Ware and Jennifer Humphries; and a host of cousins, great-nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Odessa and George Johnson; his maternal grandparents; and his paternal grandparents.
Bearers will be Robert Factory, Walter Grant, Harvey Gray, Harold Factory, Elvis Keith and Lester Albert. Honorary bearers will be Kevin Paige, Ray K. Factory, Rufus Clark, Noland Jones, Howard Johnson Jr., Herbert Colbert and Leander “Rockie” Keith.
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