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Gurvis Johnson passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the age of 84.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Johnson of 67 years; Children, Judy J. Colley (Kenneth), Kay J. Rogers, Lori Johnson and Gurvis M. Johnson (Debra); Siblings, Mary Jean Noel and Leonard Johnson; Brother in law, Joseph Besnard and wife Judy Besnard; Grandchildren, Kenneth E. Colley, Jr., Michael E. Johnson, Shane S. Huckabay, Brandon S. Johnson, Tiffany A. Huckabay, Mia C. Johnson, Farrah F. Labadie, Paris P. Labadie; Great Grandchildren, Reese M. Johnson, Morgan M. Johnson and Zoe M. Johnson; Also survived by many nieces, nephews, in laws and his little pug, Cole.
Gurvis is preceded in death by brothers, Floyd Johnson and James Johnson.
Gurvis boxed for Opelousas High School as well as the US Army where he proudly served as Sergeant 1st Class and fought in the Korean War. He coached football and baseball at Carolyn Park Playground in Arabi, Louisiana. Later he became a black belt in TaeQwondo and was an avid Saints fan. Gurvis was employed by US Board of Trades as a Grain Inspector and later employed by SGS Control Services as a Cargo Surveyor, where he earned the name, "Commander". He was a loving husband, father and friend who will be missed very very dearly. For the last year, he has been a resident at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans War Home in Reserve, Louisiana. The Family wishes to thank their staff and all the friends he made while there and the loving care they showed to him. The family would also like to extend thanks to St. Catherine's Hospice for their professionalism and care.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 12pm. A visitation will begin at 11am. Interment will follow at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. To view and sign the guest book, visit