Johnnie W. Sidney, Sr.March 28, 1930 ~ January 12, 2018 (age 87)
Johnnie Wilbert Sidney, Sr. was born on March 28, 1930 in Cedar Lane, Matagorda County, TX to the late Alfred Sidney and Esther Jones. He was the eldest of three children and grew up in the Cedar Lane community. Johnnie accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at an early age. On February 17, 1951, Mr. Johnnie Wilbert Sidney united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Miss Mary Jane Lewis and to this union 11 children were born: Dian, Johnnie, Larry, Johnnie, Jr., Cheryl, Wanda, Teresa, Donald, Karl, Karen and Sharon Sidney.
Johnnie was a Corporal in the United States Army, serving in Greenland during the Korean Conflict. He was the epitome of someone with a servant’s heart. He loved his family, community, and church but most of all, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was a loving husband, father, son, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, counselor, confidante, and friend. His genuine warm smile as well as his wisdom and strength will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His transition from this life to life eternal came on Friday evening, January 12, 2018, in Houston, Texas at 87 years of age. Loving memories will be cherished by six daughters, Dian Mills of Bay City, TX; Cheryl Rutherford (Melvin) of Bay City, TX; Wanda Pointer (Russell) of Van Vleck, TX; Teresa Sidney of Bay City, TX; Karen Francies (Alvin) of Fresno, TX and Sharon Sidney of Bay City, TX; four sons, Larry Sidney of Bay City, TX; Johnnie Sidney, Jr. (LaTanya) of Banning, CA; Donald Sidney of Bay City, TX; and Karl Sidney of San Antonio, TX. He will forever be in the hearts of his family, including four sisters-in-law, Irma Jean Sidney of Van Vleck, TX; Hazel Johnson (Simon) of Bay City, TX; Frances Lewis of Bay City, TX; Bessie Lewis of Pearland, TX; and Doris K. Lewis of Haynesville, LA; brother-in-law, Edgar “Dick” Lewis of San Diego, CA; fifteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; grand godson; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends along with countless others whom were blessed to have known him. Johnnie was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane Sidney; son, Johnnie Sidney; mother, Esther Jones Boston; stepfather, E.J. Boston; father, Albert Sidney; brother, Leroy Sidney; sister, Gertie C. Petteway Edwards; and son-in-law, James T. Mills.