Paul Johnson | Obituaries | Greenville Herald Banner
R. Paul Johnson, of Commerce, Texas, a retired professor at Texas A & M-Commerce and father, grandfather and beloved husband of Norma Johnson for 64 years, passed away on January 10. He was 90 years old. The cause of death was heart failure.
Paul was born April 26, 1931 in Durant, Oklahoma, the son of Thomas Earl Johnson and Allie Lee Tate Johnson. In 1957, after serving in the army, Paul married Norma Hewett, a native of Durant. Paul received his doctorate in guidance and counseling from the University of Oklahoma and in 1961 became a professor at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce).
Paul will be remembered for his compassion, meticulous work, intellectual curiosity, dedication to students and university, and love for his family. He helped establish the Truax Foundation at the university and was active on the building committee of the First United Methodist Church in Commerce.
Paul has played soccer, basketball, tennis and golf throughout his life and taught the love of the sport to his two daughters, Amy and Ellie. He avidly followed many teams, including his Lions and Sooners. He frequented the TAMUC leisure center, where he was known as “The Question Man”, asking students about history, geography or daily news.
Each week, he wrote messages on handmade cards by Norma to her three granddaughters, Rachel (daughter of Amy and her husband Michael Savage) and Emily and Allison (daughters of Ellie). He has self-published a memoir called PJ’s Route, which chronicles his life story.
His wife, daughters and granddaughters survive him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce or TAMUC Counseling Excellence, TAMUC Foundation, Box 3425, Commerce, TX, 75429.
Published on January 12, 2022