Cuyler Carlyle 'PeePaw' Johnson, 87, of Dumas, won his battle with aggressive acute leukemia and has begun his eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Funeral services are to be conducted at 11 o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, officiating and Rev. Ed Rogers, assisting. Graveside services will be conducted at 4:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Whitesboro, TX with Rev. Mike Flanagan of First Baptist Church in Whitesboro, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 o'clock until 7 o'clock in the evening on Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Directors.
Cuyler was born on September 12, 1929 in Bennington, Oklahoma, to Jess and Mary Johnson. He graduated from Achille High School in 1949. He was captain of the 49ers State Championship Basketball Team. He married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Dolly Horn, on February 11, 1950. They moved to Dumas where Cuyler worked for Diamond Shamrock for 42 years. He taught Sunday School for 65 years and was an active member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and on multiple committees. He also served on the City of Dumas Electrical Board and was a member of various other electrical organizations. He found immense joy in delivering Meals on Wheels.
Cuyler was an avid sports fan, but the Demonette volleyball team held a special place in his heart. For 24 years, he was the main supplier of bubble gum for the girls who affectionately referred to him as 'PeePaw'.
Cuyler loved to study the Bible daily, loved camping, feeding the squirrels and birds, and woodcrafting. But most of all, he adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anytime he could be with them, he had a huge smile on his face.
Cuyler was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Johnson; his father, Jess Johnson; and a great- grandchild, Sam Wilson.
He is survived by his wife, Dolly Johnson, of the home; his daughters: Karen and Ted Brannan of Whitesboro, TX, Sharla and Jack Wilson of O'Fallon, MO, and Cherri Kehoe of Watauga, TX; He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Kari Brannan of Anna, TX; Kevin and Suzy Brannan of Whitesboro, TX; April and Aaron Ollila of Whitesboro, TX; Amber and Jesse Speer of Whitesboro, TX; Tiffani and Jason Burris of O'Fallon, MO; Zach and Vicki Wilson of Rowlett, TX; Justin and Beth Ann Kehoe of Keller, TX; He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Skyler, Zalenka, and Zander Brannan of Whitesboro, TX; Dawson and Brenna Ollila of Whitesboro, TX; Brynlee and Brayden Burris of O'Fallon, MO; Kyler, Jack, and Hunter Kehoe of Keller, TX; sister: Miriam Worden of Hutchinson, KS.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests with gratitude that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 617, Dumas TX, 79029.