Jimmy Ray Johnson Jr.


Jimmy Ray Johnson Jr., 59, of Fairhope died at home on July 10, 2013.

He was born to Oda Lean (Anderson) and Jim Johnson of Laurel, Miss. on June 9, 1954, first born of a large and loving family of sisters, Mary Jo, Barbara and Darlene; and a brother, Steven.

He loved and was loved by a host of extended family, including brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins.

Jimmy met and married Jan Adamson Gwin in 2001, and adopted her children as his own. He was blessed with two sons, Alex Gwin and Michael Gwin; as well as a daughter, and son-in-law, Kathryn and Nolen Overton.

One of Jimmy’s greatest joys were his four beautiful grandchildren, Clinton Bauer, Brantley Bauer, Mia Overton and Allegra Overton.

Jimmy worked with the Social Security Administration as a claims representative until he was forced to retire due to his disability. It nearly broke his heart, but he learned to treasure time with his family at home.

The most outstanding aspect of his life was Jimmy’s love of his Lord, Jesus Christ. That faith relationship permeated every aspect of Jimmy’s life. It helped him bear the pain and suffering of paraplegia, created a kind and gentle spirit of strength and character, taught him to love without reservation and gave him a profound testimony of grace-filled living.

Jimmy leaves a group of friends who will never forget his amazing faith and his constant witness to God’s love.

Men’s Group on Tuesday evenings lost a true brother.

A Celebration Service honoring Jimmy’s life will be held at Jubilee Shores UMC in Fairhope on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Please continue his life’s legacy of blessings by sending memorial gifts to Jubilee Shores UMC, his home church, or to UCP Wheels for Humanity, which provides wheelchairs worldwide to disabled persons.

Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Fairhope.