AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Majors Harvey and Ann Johnson are saying 'goodbye' after 40 years with The Salvation Army and serving the Amarillo community for six of those years.
Major Harvey Johnson wants to thank volunteers and members of the community for helping them along the way.
"Coming here I found something of greater depth and that is the relationships that people offer us and how kind and engaging they have been, how helpful to joins arms with us in the work of The Salvation Army," he said.
The Johnsons spent their last day at The Salvation Army Chapel.
A special farewell service was held to honor them and their service to the community.
A member of The Salvation Army's advisory board, Helen Exner, said she believes their decades of dedication to the homeless population and anyone in need will leave a lasting impact.
"Today is a glad day and a sad day," she said. "When you get an officer here that is down-to-earth, willing to meet anybody on any level, it just makes a great impact on the community."
A tech volunteer at the chapel, Jason Painter, said they were always kind and compassionate.
"They were very kind people, caring individuals who God was blessing everyday," he said. "You could see it in how they spoke to you, how they dealt with every situation. They may be retired from The Salvation Army itself, but not retired from the work that God has for them."
Major Harvey Johnson leaves Amarillo with a phrase he has carried all his life: There is joy in serving.
"As we think about serving others, placing the needs of others in front of our own, then I think that as we serve, we gain a lot," he said. "We often receive more, not tangibly, but in manners that make you feel good about your time and your investment in other people."
He believes his and Ann's life of service to others is far from over.
"I know God's going to open up doors of opportunity," said Johnson. "Don't quite know what that is yet, but once you understand how important serving others really is and the difference it makes, you're always gonna be about that in some form or fashion."
The Johnsons will be spending their retirement in Florida.
They said Amarillo was their favorite place to serve because of the people.