Johnny Pilgrim

Johnny Max Pilgrim

July 17th, 1948 - May 3rd, 2020
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Johnny M. Pilgrim
July 17, 1948 – May 3, 2020

A Memorial Service for Mr. Pilgrim will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Miller Family Funeral Home.

Johnny M. Pilgrim was a beloved husband, daddy and papa, and an extremely loyal Marine. Johnny passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the age of 71. He is survived by Jeanie, his wife of 52 years, his children Michelle and her husband Jason, Brad and his wife Kristine, and Mark and his wife Stacy, and grandchildren Kimberly and husband Rodger, Jordan and husband Connor, Will, James, Tori and Lilly. Johnny is also survived by his sisters, Charlotte, Faitha, Sue and Sheila. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Buddy and Marie Pilgrim, and his brother, Larry.

Johnny was born in Pittsburg, Texas, on July 17, 1948, to Buddy and Marie Pilgrim. He attended school in Snyder, Texas, where he met his wife, Jeanie, the love of his life. Johnny joined the Marines at the age of 17 and served two tours in Vietnam. Between his two tours, Johnny took military leave and he and Jeanie married on March 15, 1968. In 1970, the pair welcomed their first child, Michelle. Sons Brad and Mark were born in 1973 and 1975.

He was an incredibly hardworking man, wearing many hats over the years. Johnny left active duty in 1969 and continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1989. He served many years on the Snyder Fire Department, both as a paid-man and a volunteer. As part of his EMT training, he did his clinicals in the E.R. at Cogdell Hospital with his daughter. Johnny taught for many years as the Diesel Mechanics Instructor at WTC. He also worked many years in the west Texas oilfields as a safety man. A man of great faith, Johnny was a member of the 37th Street Church of Christ in Snyder, Texas.

In his spare time, Johnny enjoyed working on restoring his Cushman scooters, riding motorcycles and camping. One of his favorite pastimes was playing with his grandchildren and building them custom playhouses. He was also a skilled writer, and often wrote short stories and poetry.

We will dearly miss his sense of humor and his unconditional love.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to the Snyder Fire Department or the Big Spring Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.
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    May 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    May 6th, 2020 2:00pm
    Miller Family Funeral Home Chapel
    200 E. 37th Street
    Snyder, Texas 79549
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    Nathan Hines


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Benton Cowen

Posted at 10:24pm
My deepest condolences to the Pilgrim family

Jay & Tina Cromeens

Posted at 09:27am
Enjoyed working with Johnny in our Chevron days, I recall his EMT skills were needed more than once. Our paths crossed again in Big Spring where he was a deacon in the church, I was particularly proud of this accomplishment for him. Rest well in Jesus Johnny
I enjoyed knowing you.

Pat Alexander

Posted at 10:32pm
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Johnny was a fine man and soldier. RIP

Valerie R Kelton

Posted at 10:24pm
Shane and Valerie Kelton want to express our sincerest condolences to the Pilgrim Family. Johnny was an exceptional man - hardworking, honest, loyal and true - to God, His Family and His Country. Words just seem to fall short …. Johnny filled great needs in this world - he was a Soldier and Servant most of all....always doing what was right, no matter the cost and no matter how difficult. We can honestly say we are better people today for having met and worked with Johnny years ago. He was one of those people who makes others just want to do better.

Peggy Vernon

Posted at 03:29pm
Prayers for strength and comfort during this difficult time for all the loved ones of this good man!!
Sincere condolences from Peggy Trice Vernon

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