Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 14, at Woodbine Cemetery for Jerry Lynn Johnson of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Johnson, 69, died March 11, 2019 at his home.
Pastor Bobby Argo will officiate at the service. Pall bearers will be Dalton Sanders, Shawn Lavery, Kyle Burress, Tater Sanders, Joey Fuson and Christopher Bolen. Honorary pall bearers are Garlin (Red) Willingham, Tex James, Danny Carroll and Chris Allen.
Jerry was born August 11, 1949 in Abilene, TX; son of Stanley Johnson and Mary (Brantely) Johnson.
Jerry is survived by wife, Kathy; 3 daughters, Eydie Harrell and Joey Fuson of Carlsbad, NM, Lahonya C-Lopez of Artesia, NM, Kesha Lavery and husband Shawn of Edgewood, NM; 6 grandchildren, the oldest is Lissa Holly and Chris Allen of Carlsbad, NM, Christopher Bolen of Massachusetts, Leticia Garcia of Artesia, NM, Dalton Sanders of Midland, TX, Tambra Burress and husband Kyle of Dora, NM, Amber Lavery of Edgewood, NM along with 3 great grandkids; sister Cheryl Ricketts of Oklahoma; brother Billy Wayne Harrell of Farmington; several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by both parents and older brother Dennis Harrell.
Jerry grew up in Mayhill, NM and graduated Cloudcroft High School. Jerry was a auto mechanic his whole life. His hobbies included playing the guitar, building hot rods, dune buggies, fishing, waterskiing, anything outdoors and spending time with his family. Family was everything to him. He was a proud husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Jerry was full of life and had a good sense of humor. He always had a joke to tell. He retired from the City of Artesia in 2016.
Sending my condolences to the Family. I'm so sorry Kathy, and Lahonya!!! You are family to us Ortega's and have ALWAYS been there for us. We love you and God will comfort you all!! Love you Gina (Raymond S. Ortega Sr. One and Only Daughter)
Angelina OrtegaArtesia, NM
Jerry and I went to school together. I always thought a lot of Jerry. I pray for you and his family. May god be with you
Earlene Bynum EllettHope, NM
So sorry to hear this. I have so many memories of great times with Jerry & his family at the lake. Doesn't seem that long ago. Prayers for you Kathy & family.
Shelly AndrusArtesia, NM
I was so sorry to see the passing of Jerry. I went to high school with him at Cloudcroft, NM. He was a kind, compassionate, friendly person who was good to everyone. I remember his laugh and smile which would brighten anyone's day. (I moved to Cloudcroft the middle of my Sophomore year so smiles were important to me!)
I know you will miss him forever. May God give you peace to know he is at rest with Jesus and that you will see him again some day!
Linda (Wright) Osborn
Las Cruces, NM
Linda (Wright) OsbornLas Cruces, NM
Jerry, we had us some shining times back in the day. I remember the dune buggy you made out of an old ‘56 Ford. And your old Cushman scooter. And reading Mad magazine and laughing ‘til we cried. Shining times. See you on the other side.
John PotterTrinity, TX
Jerry you will be missed! It was an honor working with you at the City of Artesia Thank you for being my friend!
Zane G LeslieDexter, NM
I will miss you terribly.
Daniel HarrellYerington, NV
You were so like a brother to me! I will miss your calls on my birthday and your little chuckle over some funny little thing you say. Give my Love to Dennis when you get to Heaven!
Joy HarrellYerington, NV