Linda Yates Wilson reports that his stepmother, Mrs. David Blassingame, said Johnny passed away in 1997 due to epilepsy. Any further details or remembrances welcome.
I met Johnny starting my Junior Year at the YMCA. I was on the swim team and we would work out daily in the weight room where Johnny constantly lifted weights. He was on the cutting edge of finding out the importance of weight lifting in your daily workout. I mean weight lifting hadn't even evolved yet to where the Y had common weight sets seen today. Johnny made different weight barbells out of coffee cans and cement for the Y and him to use. He was usually the only daily weight lifter. I think he could have been a trainer at that time because he was so dedicated to weight lifting. I periodically saw him during my remaining school years at Cooper and found him to be a really nice individual and always friendly. He had an older brother and younger sister that I met one time when I gave him a ride home from the YMCA. I know he was battling with his illness during those years but he always kept a smile on his face and went on. I think of him as a very courageous individual and he is missed. Larry Dobbs
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