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Hank Alan Johnson

Published: 07.28.08

Hank Alan Johnson , 27, known to his many friends as “Spunky,” died Monday, July 21 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas of severe head injuries.  A lifelong Pasadena resident, Hank had been temporarily working in Franklin for Fiberglass Specialists Inc.  Late on the evening of July 10, he was attacked and beaten during an apparent robbery attempt on his hotel room in Hearne, Texas.  Paramedics carried him to St. Joseph hospital where he was admitted in a deep coma.  He never regained consciousness.

Hank was born on March 26, 1981 at Southmore Hospital in Pasadena, TX.  He attended Pasadena High School, and was a member of the Dorp Express Musical Puppet Show as puppeteer and also as popular character, Steve the Bad.  A comedian at heart, Hank adopted a Charlie Chaplin- like act, rarely spoke on stage, but told volumes with his facial expressions and sudden bursts of physicality.  He would eat raffle tickets rather than read them, and trip over his own feet to get the children, who couldn’t keep their eyes off of him, laughing.

He was an unforgettable person, who touched the lives of everyone he met, and was known to always walk that extra mile in devotion to his friends.  A self-taught guitar player, music was one of his greatest loves.  He added his skills to several Pasadena area bands, including Fragment, and carried one of his many guitars with him nearly everywhere he went.

Services will be held at the Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston, Texas.  Friends are invited to attend a visitation with his family on Sunday evening (July 27) from 5-8 pm.  Funeral and Burial will be on Monday afternoon (July 28), beginning at 2:30 pm.  Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX  77023.  Phone No: (713) 928-5141.