Holly Springs Funeral Home

Hoyt Johnson

God in his infinite wisdom took his servant James Hoyt Johnson, on February 15, at the age of 81. Hoyt was a lifelong resident of Marshall County and was known by most everyone. He was born in Waterford, the first son of James Henry (Jack) Johnson and Mary Lee Thomas Johnson.

While a youngster in Waterford, Hoyt was already a colorful charecter. He wrote songs which made friends and sometimes enemies. When he was 7 years old, Hoyt bought a goat with $2.50 that was given to him by some sympathetic railroad workers. With joy and pride, Hoyt rode in the wagon pulled by Billy to greet his playmates. He was a playground hero! Billy was also a typical goat and before long, he just disapeared. This was a crushing blow to the young hero - one he never forgot!

As an adult in Holly Springs, Hoyt had many friends and felt deeply about social issues. He often ran for public office, not expecting to win but enjoying being part of the process. He felt that knowledgeable members of society have an obligation to be leaders. Hoyt was a friend to the underdog, often caring for them at the end of thier life. He provided financially for causes he cared about, often anonymously.

Hoyt was a talented tradesman in plumbing and electricity. His loyal customers became his loyal friends. He had an active mind and was never at a loss for words. Hoyt will be greatly missed.

In his later years, Hoyt became a devoted child of God and spent alot of his time reading the Bible. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Anell Johnson Schmitt of Des Moines, Iowa. He is survived by his brothers Fred Johnson of Oxford, Lake Johnson of Waterford, Trent Johnson of Como, and a sister, Sue Johnson Hensley of Mooresvile, AL, eleven devoted nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.

A service will be held on February 28 at the Holly Springs Funeral Home, with visitation at 12:00 noon,and the funeral at 2:00 pm, followed by burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.


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Leslie Johnson

Date:
2/23/2021 5:37:29 AM

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You will be greatly missed uncle Hoyt. I will miss our semi heated discussions about life. You remind me a lot of our Mississippi weather, you could fire someone up, 5 minutes later they are crying and 5 minutes later they are laughing. One thing for sure we loved you. S you enjoy dancing in the sky until we see you again.


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Earl Schmitt

Date:
2/23/2021 11:49:21 PM

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Thoughts and Prayers, Sue Fred Lake and Trent.


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Felicia Miedema

Date:
2/24/2021 11:41:51 PM

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I so wish I could be with all of you as you celebrate Hoyt's life. He made a deep impact on my life. I remember being fascinated with his tatoos as a young child, and will never forget the "bag dance" at my sister's wedding. Hoyt could make anyone smile! He will be greatly missed.