Joshua Brooks Johnson


In Memorium

Joshua Brooks Johnson was born on December 1, 1981, in Kingsville, Texas. He resided on this earth for seventeen years, one month, and seventeen days before he changed his residency to heaven on January 18, 1999. He left behind his parents, Kenny and Twila, as well as his sisters, Kendra and Kayla. His other survivors included his paternal grandparents, Brooks and Joyce Johnson; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Emma Eads; uncles and aunts, Wayne and Belva Johnson, Bill and Billie Johnson, Rick and Sandra Staley, Mark and Shawna Eads, and Nick Eads; his cousins, Nick (wife Amanda and son Tyler) Johnson, Jenna Johnson, Chad Staley, Heather Staley, Amanda Eads, Megan Eads, and Tyler Eads. Since his death, Josh has been reunited in heaven with his Grandma Johnson, who passed away on March 11, 1999, and his cousin Chad Staley who departed on August 3, 2005.

Josh was the All American Boy- a member of the Kingsville Church of Christ, on the all A honor roll, a National Honor Society member, 4H Grand Champion Poultry winner, and the Junior Class Duke. Prior to his death, he had an incredible football season as he was named All- District Wide Receiver, Offensive Player of the Year for the Brahmas with 890 yards receiving, All South Texas and All Bay Area. He also lettered in Varsity Basketball as a sophomore and junior.

Josh had a greater impact on this world in his short life than most people do who live to be 100. He very humbly touched the lives of the young and the old, as well as, the gender, ethnic, and socially diverse. This fact was made obvious at his memorial service with hundreds of people in attendance, some having to stand in the church parking lot. His life was based on faith, family, and friends. He loved his God. He loved his family. He loved his friends. The last words that most people remember Josh saying to them was “I love you.”

After Josh was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in 1997, he was hospitalized several times to recover from a flare up. His last hospital stay was on his seventeenth birthday. During that time he endured many unpleasant procedures. When he refused to participate in one of the treatments that was prescribed to him I said, “Josh, this is a matter of life and death.” His reply to me was, “Mom, if it’s my time, it’s my time. I am not afraid to die.”

While Josh’s family and friends still reside in this world as wounded souls, we are so grateful that the Master Weaver allowed him to be used as a thread in the fabric of our lives. Josh’s headstone is engraved with the words from Isaiah 57:1-2: “The righteous perish and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from the evil to come. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

Thank you God for loving Josh so much that You spared him from the future sufferings of this life. Thank you to each one of you who are continuing to keep Josh’s memory alive. Twila

 

Joshua Brooks Johnson's Namesakes:

Joshua Thomas Russek - born July 23, 2006 - son of Chris and Liz Russek

Tyler Brooks Van Horn - born March 19, 2007 - son of Philip and Jenny Van Horn. Born on the 52nd wedding anniversary of Josh's grandparents, Bob & Emma Eads.

 

H. M. King High School Awards in Josh's Honor:

Joshua Johnson Award for Basketball

98-99
The Brahma Team
99-00
Christopher Sturgis
00-01
Justin Fees
01-02
Matthew Cox
02-03
Charles Cox
03-04
Jamel Melton & Westin Massey
04-05
Kyle Wilson & Alex Alfaro
05-06
Colton Cuny

Josh Johnson Brave Bull Award for Football

98-99
Jaime Curiel
99-00
Charles Erickson
00-01
Jacob Leos
01-02
Andy Galvan
02-03
Joey Castillo
03-04
Rusty Whitaker & Jacob Garza
04-05
Robert Johnson
05-06
Mike Vela
06-07
Adrian Alanis