JOHNSON, James Harry “Trey” III

James Harry ‘Trey’ Johnson III

Birth: April 1, 1986
Death: September 11, 2011


James Harry Johnson, III (Trey), our beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend left this earthly world to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 11, 2011. He was 25. A true leader in all that he did, Trey lived a life of principle, selflessly giving of himself to those around him. His smile could light up the room and his spirit was felt by all who knew him. Trey was a man of God and his presence proclaimed such. He selflessly gave of himself, always putting others before him. His life and spirit has left an indelible impact on our lives and he will be forever with us.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P. M. Friday, September 16, 2011, in the Holman-Headland Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Hugh D. Kirkland, Jr. and Reverend Bill Kundo officiating. His eulogy will be conducted by Dr. Charles Broome and Heather Bryan Davis. Burial will follow in the Newville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the mortuary in Headland.

Trey was born in Panama City, Florida and raised in Newville, Alabama. He was a graduate of Eufaula High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama May 8, 2010 where he received his B.S. Degree in Operations Management. He was currently enrolled in the Operations Management Masters of Science Program and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Trey received many awards while a student at the University of Alabama, including the Graduate Teaching Assistant award presented each year. University officials announced that Trey will receive his Master of Science degree in December, 2011 and it will be presented to his family posthumously. Trey served as an officer in SOMS and was inducted into Beta Gamma Phi, the highest international honors society for business students and scholars.

Trey attended the Trinity United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Harry Johnson, Sr., Lloyd Levi McKinney and Bernice McKinney.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Sharon McKinney Johnson, Panama City, FL; his father, James H. (Jimmy) Johnson, Jr., Dothan; four sisters, Audrey Johnson, Destin, FL; Amanda Jackson, Wewahitchka, FL; Missi Byars and husband, Neal, Panama City; Mikki Barnes and husband, Metz, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; grandmother, Lanette Kirkland Johnson Culbreth and husband, Rudy, Dothan; aunts, June Meares Collins and husband, Joe Frank, Dothan; Wanda Watkins and Carol Dragon both of Panama City; uncles, Kirk Meares and wife, Mary Beth, Newnan, GA; Delbert McKinney and wife, Julie, Sneads, FL; and Roy McKinney, Chipley, FL; nieces and nephews, Ivy, Cameron, and John Wesley.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Trey Michaels, Kyle Wilson, Ben Baggett, Maurice Coleman, John Tatum, Jacob McKinney and Jeff Osborne. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Mittenthal, Dr. Chuck Sox, Dr. Burcu Keskin, Dr. Sharif Melouk and Dr. Jerry Weaver, The Society of Operations Management members and students and OM Advisor Heather Bryan Davis, Neal Byars, Metz Barnes and Robert Stewart.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the James H. Johnson, III scholarship fund being established by the University of Alabama Operations Management Department, Box 870226, Tuscaloosa, AL. 35487.

Holman Headland Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Burial: Newville Baptist Church Cemetery, Newville, Henry County, Alabama, USA

Criminal Details
Joshua Gauntt – 2014

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) – Ricky Crooks has been found not guilty of capital murder but has been found guilty of lesser charges in the death of a University of Alabama graduate student.

Crooks will be sentenced for manslaughter, attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

According to the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s office, the attempted murder charge carries a potential sentence of 20 years to life in prison. The manslaughter charge and discharging a firearm into an occupied building/dewlling carries a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years each.

His sentencing hearing will be scheduled soon.

Prosecutors say that Crooks shot at another individual from his vehicle toward the Buddy’s Food Mart at the intersection of Hargrove Road and 10th Avenue on September 11, 2011.

The shooting occurred around the same time that 25-year-old James Harry “Trey” Johnson was walking from his vehicle to a friend’s apartment at Sterling Crimson Apartments, which is near the food mart.

Police have contended that one of those bullets fired by Crooks hit Johnson.