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Stanton E. Johnson

February 20, 1927 - March 29, 2015

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Stanton Edward Johnson

Stanton Edward Johnson passed into eternal life with Christ his Savior on Sunday morning, March 29, 2015. Stanton was born on February 20, 1927 in Cooper, Texas to Fannie (McClanahan) and Edgar Johnson. Born to a farming family, Stanton learned the value gained through hard work and perseverance. From an early age, Stanton helped out on the farm, and bore a proud mark of this hard work almost all his life-at age 6 he lost half of his middle toe on his right foot that was stepped on by a stubborn...

Stanton Edward Johnson

Stanton Edward Johnson passed into eternal life with Christ his Savior on Sunday morning, March 29, 2015. Stanton was born on February 20, 1927 in Cooper, Texas to Fannie (McClanahan) and Edgar Johnson. Born to a farming family, Stanton learned the value gained through hard work and perseverance. From an early age, Stanton helped out on the farm, and bore a proud mark of this hard work almost all his life-at age 6 he lost half of his middle toe on his right foot that was stepped on by a stubborn cow he was trying to bring in from the pasture. But that cow was brought in!
When Stanton was 8 years old, the family relocated from Cooper to Ackerly, Texas in Howard County. Stanton attended Howard County schools through age 17, but as with so many young men and women of that greatest generation, World War II intervened. Stanton persuaded his mother to sign a release that would allow him to enlist in the Navy, and at age 17, Stanton joined the Navy. He served as a Seabee with the Guam Battalion in the South Pacific until the war's end. He was honorably discharged in 1946 but continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until 1951. Stanton returned back to West Texas and went to work for the Texas & Pacific Railroad.
The year 1947 proved to be a momentous year for Stanton. He earned his pilot's license, and also met the love of his life. Stanton will sheepishly admit he was waiting for another girl when he first met Ada Mary Leonard, but once she caught his eye, there was no other. They were married on July 22, 1948 and celebrated 65 years of marriage before death took Ada Mary in August of 2013. Stanton adored Ada Mary and they were so proud of their three children- Gary, Teresa, and Brenda.
While still working for the T & P Railroad, Stanton tried various additional occupations and soon found his gift for numbers. He transitioned from the railroad into accounting, and established his own bookkeeping and tax company. He disappointed many friends and clients when he finally retired from accounting at age 86.
Throughout his life, Stanton was an active volunteer in the community and in his church. He was a member of Toastmasters, a Shriner, and volunteered with Meals On Wheels. He faithfully attended Temple Baptist Church (now Crossroads Fellowship), sang in the choir and served as a deacon. His strong faith in Jesus Christ, and Alcoholics Anonymous, helped him attain his most prized accomplishment, which was maintaining sobriety for 44 years. And over the years, Stanton helped countless others, actively walking along side and mentoring them.
Stanton is survived by his three children and their spouses: Gary and Mary Ellen Johnson of Austin, Teresa and Larry Robinson of Odessa, and Brenda and Ken Anthony of Midland; his 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Stanton's life and faith will be celebrated at Crossroads Fellowship at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa.