Gilbert Edward Johnson, son of Edward H.D. and Meta (Rehmstedt) Johnson, was born July 22, 1926. He was one of three children born to the couple.
Veronica Diane “Ronnie” Smith, one of nine children of Benard Easton and Nancy “Lola” (Wilson) Landers, was born May 18, 1954, in Decatur, Alabama. Ronnie grew up and attended school in Alabama.