BRADY — Legendary horsetrader, Charles Miers Johnson, 81 of Rochelle, Texas passed away March 21, 2009 in Brady, TX.
Miers was born April 8, 1927 in Brady, Texas to Jane Miers and Charles Johnson. He graduated from Lohn High school and then at 17 joined the Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He went to Sul Ross State University on a full football scholarship and was all-conference in 1948. After graduating he coached football in Christoval from 1950-1951, and then in Eldorado from 1951-1953 and for the next 15 years in Rochelle. During that time he received a Smith-Huges Certificate from Sam Houston State University in 1956.
Miers’ love of horses began when he was a small boy and his grandfather Roy Johnson gave him his first horse. He owned thousands of horses in his lifetime, being a horsetrader was what he loved to do. He was known throughout West Texas, where he traveled to area ranches to buy and sell horses. Miers had friends everywhere and everyone has a “Miers” story. He was also involved in trading livestock, equipment and real estate. He was an excellent storyteller and had the most colorful life of anyone. He had countless friends and life experiences. His personality was outgoing, positive and he engulfed a room with his presence.
Miers was an excellent cook and took great pleasure cooking and entertaining his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Christine Johnson of Rochelle, Texas; son Ross Johnson and wife Ann of Rochelle, daughter Suzie Byrne and husband Joe of Abilene, Holly Griffin and husband Kirk of Eldorado. Grandchildren include Shanna Johnson Petty, Lindsy Conrad and husband Andy, DeeAnna Morrisey and husband Nick, Allison Johnson, Kenton Byrne, Lane Griffin and Elizabeth Griffin and one great-granddaughter Kadee Petty.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Brady Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Barr officiating. Burial followed in the Rochelle Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Don Neal, Cory Dodds, Billy Davis, T. Don Hughes, Mike Knaupp, and Arlan McBee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the West Texas Boys Ranch.