History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Our dad, Sidney Clyde Johnson, started working in the funeral business in 1933 while he was in high school. Born in Hagerman (which is now inundated by Lake Texoma) on August 5, 1915, he attended school there and later in Denison. While still a student at Denison High School he became an employee of Short-Murray Funeral Home. Later Lloyd Moore joined Short-Murray, which later became Bratcher-Moore.
During World War II, Dad served in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) as a pilot. He was stationed in both the North African and European theatres. In 1956, our dad and Mr. Moore left Bratcher-Moore and formed the partnership of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home, Inc. My brother, Tom, was 6 years old at the time, and earned a paycheck hammering nails in the back room of this building. He is now the funeral director in charge here.
The road west of Denison to Pottsboro (Hagerman) was a narrow, winding 2-lane road and daddy was always worried about the residents of Pottsboro having to come to Denison for funerals and family nights. He wanted to have a place in Pottsboro so mourners wouldn’t have to make that trip. That dream was realized in 1985 when Johnson-Moore Pottsboro Chapel was opened.
He and our mother were very concerned with historic preservation and he was president of the Denison Historical Society. They bought and preserved the Thomas V. Munson home and were instrumental in obtaining the 2 historical markers that are on the house today. After the deaths of our parents the house was sold to Grayson County College to serve as a museum and conference center.
They were also instrumental in obtaining the statue of President Dwight D. Eisenhower for his birthplace, Denison, and the historical marker that is on St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Moore died suddenly in 1957, dad in 1993 and mom in 2002. There are now 5 members of our family employed at the funeral home.