Valdosta Daily Times

April 3, 2013

John Franklin “Jake” Johnson


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — John Franklin “Jake” Johnson, age 83, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at his home in Lee.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1930 to his parents Wilford Mitchell and Dovie Albern Johnson. He moved to Lee in 1978 coming from Jacksonville. He enjoyed socializing with friends and family, and loved to dance, work in his yard and gardening. He was an avid Gator Fan, and served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a PBX Installer for Southern Bell where he retired.

He is survived by one daughter, Dianne Beck of Lee, Fla.; son-in-law, Marshall Beck; one son, Robert Johnson (Tangela) of Valdosta; two brothers, Ed Johnson (Sarah) of Live Oak, Fla.,  Leo Johnson (Linda) of Holly Hill; three grandchildren, Stephanie Salter (Cole), Aaron Beck, and Alan Matthew Walker; one great-grandchild, Madelyn Salter; special nephew, Gene Clark who was raised as a brother; and several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his two wives; Ferrice Johnson and Dot Johnson; Three sisters: Patricia Kelly, Lessie Mae Rivers, and Lena Hawley; one brother: Robert M. Johnson.

Donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. — Beggs Funeral Home, Madison, Fla. is in charge of arrangement, (850)-973-2258.