June 12, 2013
The memorial service for former Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack quarterback John "Johnny" Linney has been scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. from the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Houston. Linney passed away Saturday June 8th.
Linney was a three-year letterwinner on the Lumberjack football team. A former quarterback, Linney played for SFA from 1952-54. The third-ever recipient of the Ralph Todd Male Athlete of the Year Award, Linney was inducted into SFA Letterman's Association Hall of Fame in 1983.
Linney helped orchestrate the largest single-season turnaround in program history at the time, when he guided the Lumberjacks to a 6-3-0 overall record in 1954. It was a five-game improvement from the previous season.
Linney served as an SFA co-captain, along with teammate James Simmons. Following graduation, Linney moved to Beaumont, Texas, to become the assistant baseball coach at Beaumont High School under Simmons.
Linney eventually took a job in the corporate world where he went to work for Exxon. Following his retirement from Exxon, Linney got back into coaching within the Klein ISD.
Linney was a key figure in helping raise funds for SFA Athletic Scholarships. The first-ever recipient of the John and Beverly Linney Athletic Scholarship was current SFA head track and field coach Phil Olson.
The John Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 5830 Bermuda Dunes Drive, Houston, Texas 77069.