Patrick H. Johnson

by Wallace Thompson Funeral Home-Rusk
Patrick Johnson, left, and loved one Patrick Johnson, left, and loved one

Patrick H. Johnson, 61, of Reklaw, Texas, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. He was born Feb. 20, 1959, in Dallas, Texas, to the late Danny and Pearl Johnson.

His classmates would remember him as “Catfish” on the football team. He attended school in Jacksonville, Texas. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and then on to the Texas National Guard. Once his service was over, he became a truck driver, and retired after 30+ years of driving.

He loved to fish, playing Bingo, and loved spending his free time with the love of his life, Debbie Dempsey. He loved to tell tall tales to anyone who would listen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Paul Johnson; his sister, Polly Johnson; sister-in-law, Jeanette Johnson; nephew, Dustin Jones; step-daughter, Bridget Stinson; as well as step-grandson, Kyle Fannin.

He is survived by his partner, Debbie Dempsey and her son, Cody Dempsey of Rusk, Texas; sister, Peggy and her husband Johnny Jones of Rusk; brother, Danny Johnson of Rusk; sister, Pamela Eldridge of Palestine; sister-in-law, JoVanna Johnson of Jacksonville; nephew, James Bexley of Jacksonville, Texas; step-daughters, Melinda Szymborski of Rusk, Jennifer Gilbert of Maydelle, Texas, and Jodie Cline of Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.