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In Remembrance
Andrew McConnico Johnson, Jr.
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home

Andrew M. Johnson, Jr

"The Master of Life's been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Live and love and go on, let the music play."
-- Johnny Cash

Andrew M. Johnson, Jr. died Friday night, February 16, 2007 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston after a long battle with leukemia. He was 71 years old. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at Bay Vue United Methodist in Crystal Beach. Burial will follow at Port Bolivar Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday evening February 19, 2007 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.

Andrew was born in Galveston on August 12, 1935, part of the third generation of Johnsons who were one of the earliest settlers on the Bolivar Peninsula and who have lived, farmed and ranched there for over a century. Andrew graduated from Galveston Ball High School in 1953 and was part of the Texas A&M Class of '57, earning a B.S. in Animal Husbandry there.

After graduation, he married the former Anne Heaney. They had two children, A. J. and Kathy, and lived in the Houston area before moving back to Bolivar in 1963.

Andrew also ranched for over 40 years on the peninsula and was a long-time member of the Coastal Cattlemen's Association and the Independent Cattleman's Association, where he also served on the board of directors. He also served as president of Bolivar's water board for 17 years and was a lifelong member of the Port Bolivar and Bay Vue United Methodist churches.

Andrew founded the Salt Grass Cattle Company in the late �60s and started surveying with Jack Hall in Galveston in the early �70s. That company later became Coastal Surveying, from where Andrew retired in 2005.

Andrew married the former Margo Nowell in 1982, raising her two sons, J. Dean and Darren Moody at their home in Bolivar. He played guitar and sang for most of his life and loved classic country music. He was involved in numerous civic and charitable activities and was known for his easy-going manner, sense of humor and a unique ability to make other people feel comfortable. Since his death, many friends have remarked that Andrew made them want to be better men. He was equally at home at a country club or a juke joint, but his favorite place to be was on a horse.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Margo of Port Bolivar, son and daughter-in-law, A. J. and Marianna Johnson and their sons Andrew and Robert of Houston, daughter Kathy Foreman and her daughter Elizabeth Foreman of Beaumont, son and daughter-in law J. Dean and Michelle Moody and their sons Josh and Drew of Tucson, Arizona, and son and daughter-in-law Darren and Heather Moody of Ramstein, Germany. He is also survived by four sisters and brother-in-laws; Barbara and Raford Brister of Santa Fe, Pauline and Charlie Bouse of Angleton, Paula and Ross Maxey of Algoa and Cora Beth and Bobby Evans of Devars.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Norrell, Bert Kunkle, Cody Moore, Sid Bouse, Mike Melvin and Dwayne Ledwig. Honorary pallbearers are Skippy Meirs, Al Redmond and Bernard Guidry.

Memorials may be made to the Bay Vue or Port Bolivar United Methodist Church.




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