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Reminiscing: Dreams of performing come true


Reminiscing: Dreams of performing come true
Patricia Johnson Fox, then and now


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She started liking country music as a child growing up in Floresville, and when she grew up and started playing bass guitar with friends in San Antonio, a dream has been of “coming back” to her hometown and performing in front of her friends from the past. It is finally a dream come true for Patricia Johnson Fox. Her band, “Playin’ to Win” is the house band for the Floresville Opry several times a year in the Floresville Event Center.

Patricia’s parents, Edwin and Louise Johnson, were raised in Floresville too, so Patricia has deep roots here. As a child, she took a liking for western music during its heyday in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. At the age of 7, she performed with “Red River Dave” McHenry on the stage of the Arcadia Theater in Floresville and sang a song with him, “Sioux City Sue.” (Note from Lois: My sister Margaret and I used to love to listen to “Red River Dave” on the radio at our farm during the 1940s. I wish we could have seen him at the Arcadia that night.) From then on, she knew she would be involved with the western- style music.

As she grew older, she played in the Floresville High School band and that furthered her love of music. Music has always held a deep fascination for Patricia. Later in life, she learned to play the bass guitar. She loves to play and she has played in several country music groups. Most recently, she has taken up acoustic rhythm guitar. Her heart is “steadfast” with old country classic music. She considers herself “blessed.”

Patricia said, “I was a Johnson, and back then in the ’40s and ’50s, there were a lot of Johnsons. And I was kin to about all of them. My parents were Edwin and Louise Johnson. My mother’s maiden name was Warren, and my Uncle Hal Warren held the office of county clerk for most of the ’40s and ’50s until he died in l959. Now I don’t have any relatives living in Floresville. They are all gone. But back then, there were many. I have a sister, Edwina Johnson Watson, who lives in Houston. We all lived in the town area of Floresville. The house I lived in all my life is still standing and is located at 1305 F Street. Back then it was an elite house in the top-notch neighborhood for that era of time ... We were considered quite affluent back then. The house is in really great shape. The man who owns it now, after my sister and I sold it back in ’98 after my dad died, has really fixed it different inside. It is so neat. He lets me go into it quite often. We had a huge yard back then. He has changed it a lot, but it’s still very large. When I was a teenager, my job was to mow the yard with a “push” mower, and talk about a hard, hot job in the summer. Wow! I had to be tough to do it. It was big and hard. If you’re ever down that way, go by 1305 F Street. That’s where I lived all my life in Floresville. Such good memories ... ”

I am looking forward to hearing Patricia and her band “Playin’ to Win” on Thursday, May 3, at the Floresville Event Center. Remember, if you dream and keep on praying for that dream to come true, it surely will. It did for Patricia Johnson Fox.

When she was a little girl, up on that stage at the Arcadia Theater, I wonder if she dreamed she would have a country-western band, and be playing on a big stage in Floresville in front of hundreds of people.

Lois Zook Wauson is the oldest of eight children who grew up on a farm in Wilson County in the mid-20th century. After many years living in other parts of Texas, she now lives and writes in Floresville. Her two books are available from the Wilson County News office. Email her at loiswauson@yahoo.com.
 

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