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Vernon Rex Johnson went to be with the Lord on October 7, 2017. He was 83 and passed peacefully in the comfort of his Houston, TX home, surrounded by family.

Vernon was born and raised in Logan County, Kentucky by his parents Vernon Price Johnson and Audra Johnson. He attended the University of Kentucky where he graduated with the class of 1960. Vernon was a proud member of the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War. He then began a long and fulfilling career working in the oil industry. Vernon's career sent him around the world, living in different parts of the U.S., finally landing in Houston, TX where he and his beautiful wife Betty, who he adored like no other, settled with their family.

After many years with SOFEC, Vernon retired in 2000. He spent his retirement enjoying his true passions family and golf. He and his beloved wife Betty, golfed their way through the U.S., bringing their family along whenever possible. Their favorite place to be was in Lake Conroe, at the Walden Golf Club. Vernon could light up a room with his laughter and stories, he was loved by all who knew him. Especially those who were lucky enough to call him Dad, PawPaw, and most recently Great PawPaw. Vernon was a patriarch of his family, and led with a love and passion for life that taught the value of family, hard work, loyalty, and compassion. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Johnson; daughter Carla Armstrong; daughter Karen Hill and son in law Craig Hill; son Stephen Johnson and daughter in law Angie Johnson. His grandchildren Rachel Armstrong, Sarah Armstrong, Tyler Armstrong, Brian Johnson, Jack Johnson, Lane Johnson and Great Grandson, Isaiah Pastor. He is also survived by his two sisters Lindagarde Dalton, Betsy Whitescarver and her husband, Gordon, and his many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Vernon's life, was held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors in Houston, Texas.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Parkinson's Foundation.