Pastor’s wife, son killed in crash on US 183 in Burnet County

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BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A recently retired pastor’s wife and son died in a car collision on US Highway 183 in Burnet County Monday after midnight.

It happened at 12:07 a.m. at US 183 and County Road 211, near Briggs. 

A Chrysler Town and Country minivan and Chevrolet Equinox were driving south on US 183, one following the other, when a Dodge Ram driving the opposite direction crossed into their lane. The Dodge hit both other vehicles.

The driver of the Chrysler, Sharon Orsak Johnson, and her 13-year-old son riding in the Equinox died at the scene. The family from Goldthwaite, Texas, was driving in two vehicles. 

Rev. Sheldon Ray Johnson was driving the Equinox, and is currently in the hospital, according to the First United Methodist Church of Bertram. A 57-year-old woman riding in the Chrysler and the driver of the Dodge also went to the hospital.

The entire small town of Goldthwaite either knew or was familiar with the Johnson family, and held a prayer vigil Monday night.

Sharon was part of the handbell choir at church which Ginger Spies directed.

“She was jolly, and fun and she had such a great sense of humor,” said Spies, who also knew Ray.

“He was a cute kid,” said Spies. “I don’t know what Ray would’ve turned out to be but it would’ve been something exceptional.”

Spies said the Johnsons came to the congregation from the United Methodist Church in Brady.

“I thought he fit like a hand in a glove — he had a way of saying the word ‘peachy’ to everything whether it was a good thing, a bad thing,” said Spies.

Monday was Johnson’s first day of retirement. A colleague told KXAN he and his family were driving to their new home when the collision happened.

The Department of Public Safety is still investigating the collision.

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