Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1943

Frank Johnson FRANK FRANCIS JOHNSON, 91, of Fort Worth, TX, passed away on June 19, 2017. Frank was born Nov. 26, 1925, in Stamford, TX, to parents Jesse Andrew "Jake" & Lillie Mae Johnson. He grew up in Ranger, TX attending Ranger High School in the Class of 1943, with his parents and older brother, Jesse Andrew "J.A.", Jr. He married his high school sweetheart, Billie Jean Turner (RHS-1944), in May of 1944. He served in the US Navy during WWII as a radioman stationed in the Azores Islands from 1944 - 1946. When he returned from duty, he re-entered the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, class of 1950. He and his family lived in Dallas and he worked at LTV/Vought Aircraft in Grand Prairie as an electrical engineer from 1951 to 1992. Upon his retirement, he & Billie Jean moved to Arlington and later to Fort Worth. Throughout his life Frank gave back to the community, supporting causes ranging from manning all night suicide prevention hotlines to serving at the First St. Methodist Mission Food Pantry Ministries. In retirement, he served as a docent at the Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Stockyards. He and his wife were longtime members of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth and were very active in the Covenant Sunday School Class, where he continued to serve as program director until his passing. Frank will be remembered by family and friends for his outgoing and always positive nature, his generosity and kindness, and his life long commitment to service and compassion for others. He was preceded in death by Billie Jean, who died in 2014. His brother was J.A. Johnson (RHS-1936). He is survived by his son, Mark Douglas Johnson; daughter, Janis Elaine Johnson; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Warren Johnson; grandchildren, Katherine, Jake & Rosemary Johnson and Ernest Maples IV; and many nieces & nephews.