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Billy Jake "Coach" Johnson
Jul 3, 1952 - Jun 17, 2020
Posted by Martha Reddout
Services for Billy Jake Johnson, 67, of Marietta were held at 10 a.m.
Saturday, June 20 at Marietta High School’s McClain Stadium with
Reverend Sam Porter officiating and Paul Riley and Mark Wade assisting.
26 Jun 2020, Page 4
Interment followed in the Lakeview Cemetery.
Born July 3, 1952 at Gainesville, Texas, the son of Willy and Eutha
Forbes Johnson, he died Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Marietta.
Bill attended Thackerville Public School until his junior year. He then
transferred to Marietta Public School to play football his senior year.
While attending Marietta he won first place in the shot put at the state
track meet. After only playing football for one year he was given a full
football scholarship to East Central University. He was co-captain of
the ECU football team where he was All-Conference. Bill graduated with a
bachelor’s degree in education. He taught for 45 years and coached for
35 years. Throughout his coaching tenure, he coached several state
qualifying basketball, football, and track teams. Coach Johnson bled
black and gold. He devoted a majority of his life to Marietta Public
Schools. He loved each of his players, students, and coworkers.
Bill’s most important accomplishment in his life was his family. Bill
married the love of his life Sherry Martin on November 23, 1985 at New
Faith Baptist Church in Gainesville. Upon marrying Sherry, he became the
daddy to his two beautiful daughters, Natalie and Tara. He committed his
life to being the best husband and daddy in the world. He loved his
sisters dearly and always enjoyed their phone calls and visits. He was
everyone’s favorite “Uncle Bill”. When Bill took on the role of
father-in-law, he could not have been any prouder. He had many interests
in life, but his favorite was spending time with his kids and grandkids.
He enjoyed playing games and following the grandkids around to all their
He was a member of Marietta’s First Baptist Church and loved attending
Wednesday night Bible study with the Powder River Boys. Bill was a
devout Christian and family man. He wanted the world to know about the
awesomeness of God’s love. He loved horses and team roping and found so
much joy in being a cowboy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant
brother, Andrew Johnson, and nephew, Bobby Scivally.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Johnson of the home; daughters,
Natalie Wiebener and husband Taylor of Kingston and Tara Sheid and
husband Tommy of Pilot Point, Texas; grandkids, Dakota, Kaya, and Taylie
Wiebener, and Tenley and Timber Sheid; sisters, Peggy Howard and husband
Gene of Purcell and Linda Scivally and husband Don of Thackerville;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Donna Martin of Carrollton, Texas
and Kenny and Sandra Phelps of Plano, Texas; and numerous nieces and
Serving as casketbearers were Tim Campbell, Dean Holden, Michael
Sampson, Davide Towery, Mike Wade, John Shumaker, Frank Lornes, and
Honorary bearers were Dick Michael, Paul Riley, Martin Sullivan, Hugh
Don Sweat, Bink Stafford, Jim Thurman, Trey Westfall, Lance Christie,
Sam Wylie, Herbert Moore, Jeff Moore, Gary Rose, Hank Walbrooke, David
Bell, Derek Halstied, Jeremy Higle, Steve Short, Mark Segler, Larry
Frame, Chad Coble, Reggie Anderson, ECU football team 1970-75, and the
Powder River Boys.
Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com
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