Bobby Johnson, who helped print The Dallas Morning News for 45 years, dies at 65

 

Bobby Johnson worked for over 45 years to get copies of the Dallas Morning News into the hands of the North Texans.

After joining The News in August 1975, he joined the ranks of the printing company, serving as a record boy, reel-fed machine, press representative and, in recent years, press officer.

Johnson, better known as BJ, died on January 12 at the age of 65.

In his career at The News, which began in August 1975, Johnson, better known at BJ, has held a variety of roles over the past few years, including record boy, role provider, press officer, and ultimately foreman.(LAWRENCE JENKINS / 191333)

“Bobby had an extraordinary career,” said Jimmy Morton, senior production director. “He has affected so many of us in very significant ways. None of us at North Plant remembers a time in our careers without him. He will live in our memories forever. “

Johnson grew up in Pickton, southeast of Sulfur Springs and attended Como-Pickton High School.

One of his stepdaughters, Sharon East of Dallas, described him as a “humble spirit”. [a] kind, caring and loving man. “

“Our hearts are sad,” she said. “He will be very much missed by everyone.”

In addition to his stepdaughter, Johnson survived his 45-year-old wife, Charlotte Johnson of DeSoto. a stepson, Bruce Beaty from Dallas; another stepdaughter, Charlene Beaty of Dallas; three brothers, Clifford Johnson from Duncanville, Roy Johnson from Dallas, and Larry Johnson from Overton; four sisters, Annette Washington from Mesquite, Carolyn Johnson and Donna Linwood from Dallas, and Paula Lerma from Mankato, Minn.

The preparations for a memorial service and a funeral are still pending.

The Texas state flag will fly by half the staff on Tuesday in front of the Dallas Morning News in memory of Bobby Johnson.

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