"I join you in sadness over the loss of a legend. We who are left will miss unrecorded songs of the great voice of Johnny. Thank the Lord for the miracle of recording that we are not left without some memories. Today at 1am EST June met Johnny as he crossed over the river and took him into the arms of his Lord whom he has served so well all these years. The suffering is over and today is the happiest day of Johnny’s life yet. He’s no longer just a chunk of coal, he’s a diamond today."

-Jon Christopher, 9/12/03