By HDN staff
JOPLIN Anthony Daniel Tony Johnson, 17, died Saturday, May 29, 1999, in a car accident.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Joplin-Inverness High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Bart Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at the Joplin Cemetery.
Johnson was born July 7, 1981, at Great Falls to Art and Patty Johnson. He grew up on the family farm north of Chester. He received his education in the Joplin-Inverness School system and had just finished his Junior year at J-I High School.
In his younger years he attended Vacation Bible School at Immanuel Church. He played Little League baseball at Little Sage, and wrestled for the A.A.U. program. He enjoyed sports trivia, playing pinochle, chess and other board games. He collected sports cards. He participated in track, basketball and football. He was recognized as an All-Conference linebacker, an All-state running back, and selected a member of the Football Combine to be held later this month. He was voted as J-Is M.V.P. and Most Inspirational Player for the 1998-99 season. He also played first-chair trumpet in the J-I high school band.
Other hobbies included big-game hunting, fishing, swimming, water skiing, snow skiing, softball and golfing. He enjoyed music and watching professional sports. He also enjoyed watching family videos, movies and writing poetry. He also enjoyed quoting verses and Bible passages.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.
Survivors include his parents, Art and Patty Johnson of Joplin; brothers, Sean and Jeremiah Johnson of Joplin; a sister, Stacy Schneider of Tucson, Ariz.; paternal grandparents, Paul and Evelyn Johnson of Shelby; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.
Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester.