William P. Johnson, 78, of Mexico died Tuesday evening, Sept. 11, 2018, at his home in Mexico.

   Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 4, 1940, in Mexico, son of William N. and Louise (Carter) Johnson. He graduated from Mexico High School. He was married to Connie O’Neal in Mexico on May 1, 1960.

   He loved hot rod race cars and dragsters.

   In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Phil Johnson, Vandalia, and Timothy Johnson, Mexico; one daughter, Tammy Morgan, Mexico; one brother, John Johnson, Columbia; 3 granddaughters; and 2 great grandsons.

   He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and Bob Johnson.

   There are no services planned at this time. Pickering Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy

So sorry for your loss. - Penny Dahl

My condolences to my friend Timothy Johnson and his siblings. May the soul of Mr. William Johnson stay at eternal peace. - Haider Shah

Wow! What a great picture, helps me to remember Bill back when he was the coolest dude around. Always had the coolest cars/trucks. Everytime I called him, he was watching drag racing. Reminds me of one time we went to Keokuk, Iowa to watch him and Phil race a Chevy II at the dragstrip they had worked on together. What a great memory! - John v Johnson(Brother)

Praying for peace in your time of mourning. My heart breaks for you. We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. - Tonya Beamer

Connie, Tammy, Phil, Timothy and families, I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace. - Pamela Flynn

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort and bless you all in the days ahead. - Juanita and Wayne Lynn

Prayers for all of you! I remember being scared of Bill at Harbison-Walker till my Uncle Charlie Livers said he was an okay guy. - Mary Sue Hays

Richard & I are sorry for your loss. Bill was a great friend when we were in High School although we hadn’t seen him in a long time. He and Richard were always interested in cool cars & never got enough of showing them off. Please except our condolences & prayers. - Richard & Linda Rivets

Back in the day you was know as (JIVE) Johnson; reap raring up & down the streets.Then in the ole Brick Plant Days you was known as BILLY GOAT ! But you will always be my Daddy !! I've played The Dance by Garth Brooks a 100+ times since I seen you last. I know now every time I watch a football game or drag racing event You will still be givingum hell - Your girl !

I hope wherever you are, you're finally at peace. I would want you to know that we have broken the cycle of hurt and pain. I know you did the best you knew how. I would want you to know that your son, Phil, my dad is the best. He tells me he loves me, easily, without hesitation. He is my confidante when I need him. He loves us with all his heart. He is the best grandpa a kid could ask for. These boys love him unabashedly. He even took them for burnouts through town, and the streaks are there to prove it! He goes to church with them. He reads with them. We have went to the ocean together and he got to share his love of the water with them, and tell them about staying at the lake all summer as a boy diving off the top of a dock. They are fish, just like him. They are pretty amazed by him! And he's as funny as the day is long! I'm pretty lucky, we all are. Things in life are never perfect. There is pain, dysfunction, and hurt. But know fully that your son broke the cycle, too. He IS amazing. And you should be proud of him for that. Sometimes loving someone from a distance is all you can do. If I were writing your obituary, those are the truths I would have shared. That I'm sorry for your pain on this earth, and that it didn't ever get better for you. I'm sorry you didn't get to experience what real love felt like. I don't know if you were saved or not, but I hope you are in Heaven with your Mom that I miss so very much that the pain is sometimes palpable. I hope you are no longer experiencing any sort of pain; just fulfillment with joy, peace, and love. -Danielle Huddleston, the first one to make you a grandpa. 

Our condolences to the family. It is so sad to loose a loved one. They have to leave us but the memories live on in us. Enjoy each good memory as days go forward. Much Love , Wayne and Millie Atkinson

I will never forget my first race driving Bills black truck, although unknown by him at the time. I felt pretty special when he handed me those keys!! Come Monday word got back to him about the race. I thought he would be furious at me when he found out I had done this. Nope, his response was hilarious will never forget it. You were GREAT! Be at peace Bill. - Leann

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