Cheryl Lavonne Johns

Cheryl Lavonne Johns left this Earth too soon, on Saturday, April 13, at 1:50 a.m., in McKinney, Texas and was surrounded by her girls, grandchildren and family throughout the last few weeks of her unexpected passing. 

Cheryl was born on Aug. 18, 1947, in Paris, Texas, to Bill and Nonzalee Johns. 

She graduated from Chicota High School and had many stories and fond memories of her high school days. She worked at Campbell Soup Company for several years, and then endeavored a better life for her and her girls by attending Paris Junior College and Kiamichi Vo-Tech. She attained a job at the Power Plant in Fort Towson, Oklahoma and by careful accident was hired on the spot as a timekeeper for Babcock and Wilcox. With much courage, strength, personal sacrifice and hard work, she built a successful career which spanned for 35 years and enabled her to visit almost every state in the U.S. 

She was a true red-head and most would agree that this was not the only thing colorful about her. She was strong, intelligent, ambitious and not afraid to speak her mind, but was also kind and extremely generous as well as a loyal friend and confidant to many. 

She loved her girls fiercely and her family and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She encouraged and supported each of them in anything that they were involved in, loved them unconditionally and took pride in spoiling them and seeing them successful and happy. Her feisty yet loving nature will forever leave an impression to all that knew her, and she will be loved and missed always.

She is survived by daughter Leslie White and husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Cole White and wife, Candace, Cade White and wife, Brooke, Carsen Harris and husband, Jacob; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Reese, Nash, Deacon, Dawson and Finley; daughter, Karen O’Neal and husband, Monty; grandchildren, Kaleigh Sitz and husband, Ryan and Kaleb O’Neal; great-grandchildren Jada, Raven and Kyleigh; her brothers, Derryl Johns and wife, Linda, Curtis Johns and wife, Sandra; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in The Cowboy Church in the Camp, 664 CR 42570, Bible Camp Road, Reno, TX 75462, with Wade White officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, with Cole White, Cade White, Kaleb O’Neal, Jacob Harris, Monty O’Neal and Jeff White, serving as pallbearers. Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home, where online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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