Valdosta Daily Times

April 4, 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 in Lee, Fla. to his parents Wilford Mitchell and Dovie Albern Johnson. He returned to Lee in 1978 coming from Jacksonville, Fla. 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 of Live Oak, Fla.; one son, Robert Johnson and wife Tangela Walker 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; a 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 Kelley, 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 of Madison, Fla. is in charge of arrangement (850)-973-2258.