John Lispcomb Johnson
Wortley Valentine Johnson
Valentine Mason Johnson
Wortley loved baseball as a passion. He was
employed by the Illinois
Central Railroad and a member of the Order of Railway Conductors of America.
Person Sheet of Wortley Valentine Johnson
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Pictures - Passion and Work
Starkville, MS Baseball Team
Wortley is in the back row, second from the right
standing next to the coach.
Locomotive No. 859
Wortley is the tall man standing at the left end.
Order of Railway Conductors of America Membership Card
The card is dated Jan 1, 1926.
December 23rd, 1902 Mr. Wortley Johnson and Miss Lou Hawkins were united
in marriage at the residence of the bride’s parents (Leroy
Enders Hawkins and Alice Lipsey Hawkins) by Rev. J. M, Bradley. Mr.
Johnson is a most worthy and clever young gentleman and a popular employee of
the I. C. R R., while the bride is one of the city’s most charming arid
popular daughters. The Itemizer joins their host of friends in extending
congratulations and best wishes
McComb Exchange Club Silver Loving Cup
JOHNSON, Ex-president McComb Exchange Club, who was awarded a silver loving cup
Wednesday by the members of the Exchange organization as a token of appreciation
of the fine administration executed by him. Many glowing compliments were paid
to Mr. Johnson. The cup was presented in the name of the club by P. J. Abright
Click on the thumbnail to the right for the scanned image of the newspaper
Late Mr. Johnson
Paid High Tribute As Sports Lover
late W. V. Johnson was known far and wide in this vicinity for his active
interest in sports of all kinds, from football to fishing, and as long, as his
health permitted he was a constant participant, spectator and supporter of
As late as last summer, Mr. Johnson, although already in bad health, was a
regular attendant at baseball games played by the Harry Harvey Post, American
Legion, Juniors. This was the first baseball played on any sort of organized
basis around McComb for quite a number of years, and the boys on the squad were
completely inexperienced, playing a game they had never been taught anything
about and lacking even the baseball education they would have received from
having watched regular contests.
Naturally, they played badly— if hard and progressively better.
That fact didn’t keep Mr. Johnson from the games. No admission was
charged for these games, but “the hat was passed” so that spectators who
wanted to help the kids could contribute. That hat never went by “Coca Cola”
Johnson that it wasn’t richer by at least a five-dollar bill.
And among the many expressions received by his widow last week after Mr. Johnson
had played out his string after a very hard fight to live, was this from “A
Friend and Teacher” of the city:
“Years ago, when school days were all study and no play for the children. Mr.
Johnson came out to the school and organized a baseball team.
“Practically single-handedly, he put the project over, including uniforms
and equipment. From when on, I thought of him as a splendid sort of
person—far seeing, unselfish and self-effacing.
He never sought any recognition for his efforts, but that was characteristic of
the man. I have wondered how many people know that his baseball team was the
real beginning of the athletic department of our schools?”
Wortley V. Johnson Funeral At
Prominent Dies Saturday
22--Wortley Valentine Johnson, 69, prominent McComb business man, died at his
residence early Friday morning after a long illness.
Mr. Johnson came to McComb about 42 years ago and soon after established the
first Coca-Cola bottling plant here. He was a sound and progressive business
man. Retiring by nature, he was noted for devotion to his family as well as to
He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Wahabi Temple Shriner and a past president of the
McComb Rotary Club. He was a deacon in the First Baptist church here.
Mr. Johnson leaves his wife, Mrs. Lucy Hawkins Johnson, of McComb, two
daughters, Mrs. Jessie Green, Shelbyville, TN. and Mrs. Robert Gandy, Jackson;
and one sister, Mrs. W.B. Harris, Clinton.
Mr. Johnson was born in Oxford while his late father. Dr. J.L. Johnson, Sr. was
a department head on the University of Mississippi Facility. He was educated Ole
Miss and at Miss. State college, being a stellar athlete with he baseball team
He continued his enthusiasm for sports all his life, being a member of the
Fernwood Golf Club, an enthusiastic supported of the McComb High athletic teams
and a regular attendant at all World Series baseball games until his health bean
Funeral Services will be conducted from the family residence Sunday afternoon at
3:30 p.m. with Dr. Wyatt Hunter, pastor of
the First Baptist church officiating.
Pallbearers will be Clarence Lewis Barlow, Teddie Leroy Barlow, Ernest Nelson
Felder, Lloyd William Strickland, Lewis Burton Guy, Lewis Braxton McKinley.
Internment will be in the Hollywood cemetery here with Hartman Funeral home in
charge of arrangements.