Earnest Ernie Lee Johns, 74, of Duke, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013, at his residence in Duke, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Johns was born on Oct. 24, 1938, in Mt. View to William and Margaret Jewel (Cole) Johns. After graduating from Mt. View High School in 1956, Ernie began a 27 year career with Mid-Central Fish Company which later became SYSCO Food Company. On Aug. 12, 1960, Ernie married the love of his life, Barbara Houchin, and they spent the next 52 wonderful years together before his untimely death. In 1975, the family moved to Duke and Ernie began Ernie Johns Construction in 1983, continuing to do carpentry work until December 2011, when he was forced to retire due to his health. A Godly man who loved his family, Ernie at one time enjoyed racing cars and coaching his sons little league teams. Ernie was a man who enjoyed good food (especially Simons Catch), being with his family and spending time with his toy poodle, Peaches. As a carpenter, Ernie constructed and remodeled homes and businesses throughout the area. His talent and skills added beauty and that special Ernie touch wherever he went. Together he and Barbara added to the lives of others in ways that will be forever remembered.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Billy Johns; a niece and nephew, Pam McMain and Junior Johns; and his first beloved toy poodle, Pebbles.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of the home; four sons, Eddie Johns and wife Kathy of Duke, David Johns of Altus, Timmy Johns and wife Tonyah of Duke, and Ernie Johns II of Altus; six grandchildren, Levi Johns of Duke, Jarod Johns and wife Kelly of Duncan, Kaitlin Rouk and husband Jay of Beggs, Kassidy Johns of Beggs, Tandy Johns and fianc Morgan Turner, and Tommy Johns, all of Duke; three great-grandchildren, Madilyn Johns of Miami, Fla., Hailey Rouk of Beggs ,and Cooper Rouk of Beggs; one brother-in-law, Claude Houchin and wife Vera of Baton Rouge, La.; one uncle, Mint Johns of Oklahoma City; one aunt, Zal Gains of Oklahoma City; Uncle Chester and Mary Lou Bishop of Duke; lifelong friends, Pete and Mary Bailey of San Antonio, Texas; special classmates, Kenneth and Carolyn Johnson of Wichita Falls, Texas; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Chapman and the Rev. Ryan Morris officiating.
Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus.