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Howard Donnelly Johnson

August 14, 2012

Howard Donnelly Johnson, 77, of Odessa passed away Aug. 10, 2012. He was born June 15, 1935, in Honey Grove, Texas, to Fannie and Edgar Johnson. The family later moved to Ackerly, Texas.

He was a successful businessman in the automobile industry in West Texas for 40 years. He was salesman of the month for thirteen years in a row at a local automobile dealership. His career consisted of participation in the automobile industry in Big Spring and culminated in Odessa with Car City/Wholesale Connection. Howard was also a 32nd degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Survivors include three children of Odessa, Shan Johnson (son) and daughter-in law Telene, Kye Johnson (son), daughter-in-law Deborah and Starla King (step-daughter); sister, Lyda Frances Mason of League City and brother of Odessa, Stanton Johnson and wife Ada Mary; grandchildren, Jaide Johnson of Odessa, Tori Lange husband Cody of Springtown and Paul King and wife Amanda King of Odessa; one great-granddaughter, Ainsley Lange; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Swanson, Bob Simpkins, Paul Springer, Gary Porter, Jesse Sanchez and Howard Davis.

The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of Buena Vida for their care and compassion for the last five years and thanks to Home Hospice for their support.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Crossroads Fellowship, located at 6901 E. State Highway 191, Odessa, Texas. Internment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, located at 6851 E. Highway 80, Odessa, Texas.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home. To sign the guest book, go to our website at

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