Billy Gene Johnson, of Copperas Cove, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013. He was born July 13, 1931 to the late Harry M. and Zola L. (Cox) Johnson. He proudly served in the United States Army and retired as a Staff Sargent. He then went to work for the city of Copperas Cove, and spent his final years as a referee for the Southwest Officials Association in Copperas Cove. Billy was also very active in his church, the Five Hills Assembly of God, and as a Master Commander of the boys group the Royal Rangers. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Ruby (Sims) Johnson, and his brother Harry Johnson Jr. He is survived by his children, Darrel G. Johnson and wife Margie, of Georgia, Deborah Johnson and husband Hillman Hockett of Lampasas, and Doris Hutchins and husband Bernard (Hutch), of Copperas Cove; ten grandchildren, fifteen and a half great-grandchildren, and sister Betty Buhrmann. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 18, at 10:00AM at Heritage Funeral Home, 425 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights. Officiating will be Pastor Brian Cranfill. A Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday night, from 5:00-7:00PM. Services are being entrusted to Killeen Memorial Funeral Home.
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