Celebrating the Life and Legacy
Mr. Leo Johnson
August 2, 1943 – October 11, 2022
Leo Johnson was born in Haskell, TX to the parentage of Leslie Johnson and Luevenia Collins on Monday, August 2, 1943. He was the oldest of the Johnson-Collins siblings.
He graduated from Dunbar High School in Munday, TX. Sometime in the late sixties, early seventies he moved from west Texas and made his way to Dallas. He was known for being a man of few words, well dressed and “cool”. He was the coolest cat in the neighborhood and being under the zodiac sign of Leo and by namesake he went from Leo to T.C., “Top Cat” by everyone who knew him!
Many would call him Jack of all Trades, he worked as head maintenance in apartment complexes and in the industry of logistics and distribution centers, but his real passion and trade was carpentry. He found pleasure in using his hands to build things and those hands also had an amazing gift of drawing. He could reproduce an image so well it was almost impossible to tell which one was authentic.
He married Marilyn D. Butler on July 23, 1994, in Dallas, TX where they became two peas in a pod. Through his life’s journey this union became a blending of families and love that gave him the assignment of rearing six amazing children and as God has commandments for the man and their households, he accepted Christ in 1994 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Dallas before moving their membership to St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in August of 2002. He sung in the Male Chorus and participated in church events. God has a way of working things out for our good.
In 2020 as Covid-19 had heightened Leo (T.C.) experienced a life changing experience with the amputation of his leg and other health issues that followed. During a time when patients only had the care and comfort of healthcare workers because families were not allowed to visit, he began his road to Damascus.
While we are saddened, we also rejoice that two years later God has given him rest in His blessed assurance. He went peacefully the last leg of his journey into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior on October 11, 2022.
Leo Johnson was proceeded in death by both parents, Leslie Johnson and Luvenia Collins and siblings: Alvin Johnson, David Collins, Curtis Collins, Jody Collins, Bobbie Ann Jones, Jodie Collins, Betty Collins and granddaughter, Tishae L. Cherry.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of twenty-eight years, Marilyn D. Johnson of Dallas, TX, six children: Ronda Cherry of Dallas, Robbin Anderson (Terry) of Lancaster, Janice Lewis (Cory) of DeSoto, Michael Butler of Forney, Leslie Luckey of Glenn Heights, Wesley Butler of Dallas and four siblings: Ruby Collins of Haskell, Warner Collins Jr. (Sharon) of Dallas, Darlene Sanders (Daryl) of Haskell, Linda Walker (Anthony) of Wichita and fourteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one more great grandchild on the way and a host of nieces and nephews.