Bobby Wayne Johnson of Woodlawn, TX, (aged 73) left this world on Sept. 1st, 2018.
While on this earth, he lived and loved fully---and will be missed by many.
Born in Carthage, TX, on June 12, 1945 and raised in Jefferson, Johnson was an avid high school athlete. He graduated Jefferson High School in 1963. After briefly attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches---and going to California with a friend and his guitar to cut a record---he decided to enlist in the United States Army. He was selected by the Special Forces as a Green Beret.
While in medical training in San Antonio, he met his wife, and they married two weeks later. He served his country in the Vietnam conflict for two year-long tours and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Upon discharge, Johnson and his wife lived in Norwood, MA, for six years, where they had a daughter. He studied and received his ACLU license and became a top-selling salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Feeling the pull to be closer to his parents, Carl and Bethel Johnson, he returned to Woodlawn in 1973. He and his wife opened up an auto collision business, B & J Collision, which has been operating for more than 40 years. In 1977, the family was blessed with a second daughter.
A gifted speaker and writer, Johnson combined his insurance and auto body business expertise and began writing regular articles for Hammer & Dolly, Motor Magazine and other industry magazines. He was invited to speak at conferences across the U.S. and authored a book about those experiences that was titled "Taking Care of Business." He also won numerous industry awards.
Later in life, Johnson began a part-time career as a police officer/investigator for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, where he worked proudly for nearly a decade.
Gregarious and generous, he was kind, sentimental and loved to laugh. And anyone that knew him knew he loved his animals. He reveled in being the man who bought everyone lunch, and he mentored and helped many young employees and supported numerous groups and events in the Jefferson and Marshall area. A proud patriot, he supported and was active in many veteran organizations.