The oldest victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting, 77-year-old Dennis Neal Johnson Sr. and his wife, 68-year-old Sara Johns Johnson, were laid to rest this afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Floresville.
"People want to give. They want to pray for others. They want to give a helping hand. They want to provide a shoulder," said Naomi Trevino of Sacred Heart Church of Floresville.
The Johnson family could use all of that today as they said goodbye to two of their eldest members.
Dennis and Sara had been married for 44 years and had been members of Sutherland First Baptist for a quarter of that.
Dennis was a church elder and veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves and Army National Guard, eventually joining the American Legion. While in the Navy he served in Operation Desert Shield.
Sara devoted most of her life caring for children, both as a grandmother but also a church volunteer in the nursery. She worked with the Wilson County Tax Office for over 10 years, but was most recently employed with Floresville's own, Pfeil's Home and Garden.
Even though our KENS5 crews were not allowed on church property out of respect for the family, we did speak to one woman from the Sacred Heart Church just a few blocks away. The church held a quarterly blood drive whose numbers were significantly higher this time around. She says it was likely due to the events that took the lives of the Johnson's last Friday.
Trevino said, "Our goal was 35, we had about 50. People want to help when something terrible happens. People want to help and the majority of people do because most people are very good people."
Trevino says she, like many others in Floresville, she is here for the Johnson family.
"Besides raising money, people want to help, people want to be there," Trevino said.