On a beautiful summer night, Johnny Dene Alsup “turned his eyes toward Jesus, looked full in his wonderful face, and the things of Earth grew strangely dim” as he stepped into “the light of God’s glory and grace” (Lemmel, 1950). On June 28, 2015, at 11:47 p.m. Johnny slipped through the loving arms of his family, his Fairview Baptist Church family, and his cherished friends into the arms of His loving Savior, Jesus Christ, and joined his twin brother, parents, two sisters, and a host of family and friends waiting to greet him in Heaven.
Johnny is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Alsup of the home; his son Johnny Alsup, Jr. wife Angie and four grandchildren, Jarod, Hannah, Daniel and Isabel, all of Edmond; his daughter, Dena Alsup of Edmond; his stepson and wife, Steve and Jennifer Wynn and four step-grandchildren, Ireland, Drake, Jacob, and Jordyn, all of Yukon; a brother Clyde Alsup; two sisters, Donna Pinkey of Tulsa and Connie McCullough of Bristow, several nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends.
Johnny is also survived by a loving church family led by Pastor Paul Blair who prayed for and with him, cared for him, read the Bible to him, comforted him and most of all loved him through his long illness. A special thanks also to all of his friends and family as well as his loving church family who visited him, brought food, prayed with him, and shared tears and smiles with him throughout the difficult days.
Johnny was born in Slick, Oklahoma, August 21, 1940. He and his twin brother, Tommy, were the fifth and sixth children of seven children born to Clyde and Velma Alsup in Slick, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents: Clyde and Velma Alsup; his sisters, Leatrice and Velma Lee; his twin brother, Tommy; and Carol, the mother of his two children.
Johnny retired as Supervisor of the Administrative Hearing Unit, Department of Human Services, State of Oklahoma, after a long and successful career of 40 years. He was a gifted and amazing sportsman: an avid golfer, basketball player and fast pitch softball player. He was a loving grandfather and a caring and generous friend with a loving heart. He was always there to lend a helping hand for those who needed his quiet, calm and loving reassurance that “someone cared.” He was always the one who saw a need and tried to fill it. Even when he himself had difficulty getting around, he was the one who went to get the walker at church or hold out his hand to a friend struggling to walk. He was a man of amazing strength and determination who came home from the hospital one day and pulled himself out of bed the next day to attend the 80th birthday party of a friend. He was determined to be there for his friend on such a big day. That very selfless act was the greatest gift he could have given that friend. It vividly demonstrated the loving heart of this wonderful man named “Johnny” we all knew and loved him.
Memorial Services for Johnny will be held on Friday, July 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at his beloved Fairview Baptist Church, 1230 North Sooner Road, Edmond, Oklahoma, followed by lunch for the family at the church. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 3rd at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, just prior to the Memorial Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to honor Johnny and his love for his church family by a gift to the Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund (address above).
On behalf of Johnny, the family shares words of comfort from the Holy Bible (KJV) Psalm 23:4
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”