Friends, Colleagues Remember Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson 1960-2009

Brett Johnson, NBC 5 reporter for 13 years, was laid to rest Wednesday.

Brett died at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth on Sunday. He was admitted Wednesday after complaining of stomach pain. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis, which led to other complications, his family said.

Brett joined NBC 5 in September 1996 after working several years at KDFW-TV Fox 4. He previously worked in Waco, Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City.

Funeral services at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth began at 2pm on Wednesday.

Father Marcus Woodle, who is also his neighbor, talked about his passing and his life, long-time friend Brett Shipp made mourners laugh and cry, and Mike Snyder discussed how Brett touched everyone at NBC 5.

Graveside services followed at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Friends and colleagues gathered at Billy Bob's Texas on Wednesday night in honor of Brett.

"There aren't very many people in our industry who could draw this kind of crowd from every station in town, it says a lot of Brett and how much he was loved," said Jane McGarry.

"It's just incredible, that all these people thought my son was as great and I knew he was," said Brett's mother Billye Johnson.

Brett Johnson was 48 years old.

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