In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 11, 2020, John “Johnny” Asebedo was carried by angels to heaven to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He passed away quietly at Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock, after lapsing into a coma as a result of injuries from a fall earlier in the week. He was faithfully surrounded by a multitude of friends and family members for several days prior to his death.
Johnny was born in Richland Springs, Texas on May 27, 1933. He was the tenth child, and fifth son, of Felix and Donaciana Asebedo. After returning from serving his country in the Korean conflict, he eloped and married his true love, Mary Soto, on March 3, 1956. Johnny and Mary were blessed with four children, two sons and two daughters, and spent 63 wonderful years of marriage together with 61 of those years as residents of Briscoe County and Silverton Texas. Johnny worked in Briscoe County as a bull dozer/backhoe operator and farm laborer often subsidizing his income by buying and selling vehicles or any other item he believed he could refurbish and sell.
His life was a living example of Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
He is survived by his wife, Mary Asebedo of Silverton; sister, Josephine Cerbantes of Snyder; brother, Raymond Asebedo of Midland; son, Able Asebedo of Silverton; Daughter and Son-in-law, Marilyn and Manuel Leal of Pottsboro; Son and Fiancé, Roland Asebedo and Mickey Carpenter of Highland Village; Son-in-Law Richard Howell of Pottsboro; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother Felix and Donaciana Asebedo; siblings Paul Asebedo, Frank Asebedo, Felix Asebedo Jr., Justa Juarez, Tanislada Pesina, Jesusa Perez, and Petra Guzman; and youngest daughter, Venita Howell.
Johnny gave a most generous gift to Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock by choosing to donate his body for medical education and research. In lieu of a funeral, the family will host a Memorial Service on Saturday, February 8th, at 1pm at the First Baptist Church of Silverton with Pastor G.J. Walton officiating. Friends and family are encouraged to join us at the Happy Bank Pioneer Room immediately following the service to continue celebrating Johnny’s blessed and wonderful life.