Lee Grant ‘Houser’ Johnson

Lee Grant “Houser” Johnson, of Madisonville, had a reunion with his parents, Cecil and Dude Johnson, in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

Lee is the baby brother of Guy (Charlene) Johnson of Tellico Plains, and Ray (Tammy) Johnson of Sevierville.

Uncle Lee loved his nieces and nephews, and was especially close to Lori and Lindsey, and his namesake, Grant Johnson.

Lee passed away at such a young age due to the dreadful disease of cancer. He was so hoping to make it to his 40th high school reunion to celebrate with the Madisonville High School Class of 1980. Lee had a vibrant and contagious personality, and his classmates will greatly miss his presence.

He not only was a great brother and uncle, but the most faithful and loyal friend one could ever ask for. He loved a good time and was the life of every party. He lit up every room he walked into with his positive energy. He never met a stranger and we can rest assured he will be in the middle of any party going on in heaven.

Although Lee was always carefree, he made the most important choice when he placed his faith in Jesus Christ. We can just vision him riding his dream Big Orange Harley on the streets of gold!!

Lee loved his family, his friends, and his country. Lee was proud to be an Army veteran, serving in Washington, D.C., and stationed at Fort Myer, Va., in the prestigious Old Guard. Each member of the Old Guard is hand-picked to guard the president of the United States (Ronald Reagan at the time), the White House, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and perform ceremonial funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was 56 years old.

Please join Lee’s family and friends for a celebration of life service on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville. Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., immediately followed by a service at 1:30 p.m. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at Sunset Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest beside his loving parents and his infant brother, Terry. Friends are encouraged to wear their U.T. orange and white. All family and friends are invited to a luncheon provided by the church following the burial.

Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church of Madisonville Columbarium Flag Pole in Lee’s memory.