Former Lynn Haven Mayor Has Died

One of the most respected and admired women in local government has died.
Former Lynn Haven mayor Montel Johnson died last night at the age of 90.
Johnson was the first woman elected mayor in Lynn Haven, that was after serving six years as a city commissioner.
"Of course at that time, she achieved things that were basically unheard of in Bay County," said City Commissioner Angonius Barnes.
She was mayor for 12 years.
"She sat out for a while and didn't like the way things were being done,” said Barnes. “She decided to give it another try and was elected again in '92."
Barnes had known Johnson since he was a young boy.
He said she played a big role in his political career.
"She was very instrumental in helping me get involved with the city, she even helped me with my campaign."
He said Johnson was the most caring person he knew.
"She was passionate about people, she wanted to make sure their needs were met."
But she was also had a spunky side.
"A lot of people will remember she used to ride a motorcycle."
Most of all, Barnes say she will be missed.
"She was a lovable lady and we're going to miss her dearly."
Johnson's family will receive visitors Friday night from 5pm-7pm at the Southerland Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 at Southerland, with burial to follow at the Lynn Haven Cemetery.


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