Tahlequah Daily Press

Obituaries

June 5, 2014

Jess Johnson

WELLING — Graveside services for Jess Johnson will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, in the Caney Cemetery, in Welling, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Jess Johnson was born in Barber, on Feb. 9, 1935, to Charlie Johnson and Hanner (Watson) Johnson. He passed from this life on June 2, 2014, in Clayton,  at the age of 79.

The last 30 years of Jess’ life, he spent doing what he truly enjoyed, running trail rides, managing a campground and managing horse stables. Jess worked with Oklahoma Trails Association, Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association, and Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation establishing trails in the state of Oklahoma. He also founded the first Cherokee County Mounted Patrol and was one of the five outriders from the Oklahoma for the Bicentennial Wagon Train.

Jess was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charlie Johnson, Dalton Johnson and Tommy Johnson; two sisters, Josie Johnson and Neva Lester; and a great-grandson Stevie Methvin.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Audrey, of the home; six children, Jessie Johnson and wife Cherie of Owasso, David Johnson and wife Helen of Tahlequah, Gary Johnson of Tahlequah, Laurie Dorr and husband Gary of Tahlequah, Jenny Hall of Tahlequah, and Carol Johnson of Tahlequah; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a host of friends and loved ones.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, 918-458-5055.

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