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Montgomery Co. Says Goodbye to Fallen Hero

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Deputy David Bubba Johnson, who died in a car crash on patrol late Sunday night, was laid to rest this afternoon in Clarksville. Johnson was remembered for his loving spirit, infectious laugh and what friends say will be a lasting legacy. Mourners filled Clarksville's First Baptist Church Wednesday to remember a veteran lawman who was killed on the job. Deputy Bubba Johnson was only 52, but friends and colleagues say his priorities were in order. The Deputy leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Sheriff's Department Chaplain Ted Denny told the crowd, which included hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state, to take comfort in knowing Johnson was a Christian and holds the promise of a new life in Heaven.

Friends say the 26 year law enforcement veteran had a great sense of humor and a way with people. Sheriff John Fuson remembers Johnson's love for what he did and his love for Montgomery County. He says Deputy Johnson was a sower.

Some of those seeds were planted as a coach for girls' softball, others by treating people who ran afoul of the law the way he liked to be treated. A lifetime of kindness reflected by a long line of mourners. Deputy Johnson was laid to rest at Sango Cemetery with full honors, including a 21 gun salute.

Still no word on what caused Johnson to veer off the road and crash into a tree.

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