40 years ago today, January 11, 1978, my uncle LARRY HENRY JOHNSON was killed over a case of mistaken identity.

He just turned 24 years old the month before. He had recently moved back home to Lexington TN with his new wife a little over a year earlier to be near his mother because his father died about a year and a half before ( July 4, 1976) as a result of injuries from an automobile accident.

I was excited to have my uncle back in town. He got blamed for someone else’s foolishness and became the target of a jealous husband. Larry was innocent. He asked for help from the local police and they gave him none. They only told him to get a gun. As I think back, I remember him telling his mother (my grandmother) in the kitchen, “Momma, I don’t even know the woman.” He was very upset. At 9 years old I didn’t understand it at the time.

If you are caught up in some foolishness…please stop it now! It always affects someone else.

By the way, Larry managed to get to his truck, get his gun, and get one shot off. The jealous husband died too.  What a waste of life. Larry Henry Johnson. Husband of Jaqueline Gentry Johnson. Son of Charles H. Johnson, Dorothy M. Johnson, Brother of Diane Johnson, Charlene Johnson and Peggy Walker.

Aren’t you glad that Jesus died for our foolishness?



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  1. Crikey Aldtric that’s full on, and i am sorry for your families loss.

    I loved the line – “If you are caught up in some foolishness…please stop it now! It always affects someone else”. – really helpful reminder for all of us really. The book of Proverbs has heaps to say about t his kind of stuff i reckon.

    Thanks for sharing

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  2. Oh, how absolutely awful. That’s not something that you ever stop grieving! I’m so sorry for your loss. And yes, you are so right… such anger, jealousy leading to violence is truly foolish… no good can come from it. Absolutely tragic. This is a powerful post! Thank you for sharing from your heart and heartache. Your story truly touched me. God bless you big time!

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  3. I wonder what happened to that woman.
    Had she ended in being alone or getting involved with another man who was probably no good?
    I hate to see what tragically happens to innocent people.
    Hopefully, they turn to the Lord God for protection.

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