Bobby Irwin Johnson, 88, of Dumas, passed away on June 8, 2018.
He was born October 29, 1929 in Hamburg to Derwood Johnson and Audley Freeman Johnson.
Mr. Johnson was the eldest of three children and was raised in Wells Bayou. He graduated from Dumas High School at the age of 16 and attended Arkansas Teachers College, now the University of Central Arkansas. He taught school and coached basketball at Star City High School and Dumas High School.
Mr. Johnson was a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War, a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church and was a 32nd degree Mason. His was a life well lived. He was an adventurer, an athlete, a coach, a Marine, a Mason, and a Shriner. He was a pilot and built paper mills in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. At the age of 73 he bought his first motorcycle and made trips to Alaska, Nova Scotia, and many other places across the country with his dear friends. Most of all, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and Christian.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his first wife Billie Jean Johnson, his second wife Anne Lewis Johnson, and his son Kerry Brett Johnson.
He is survived by a daughter, Niakki Johnson of Dumas; a sister, Peggy Carey and her husband Jack of Dumas; a brother, Pat Johnson and his wife Anna of Dumas; granddaughters, Emily (Tommy) Turner of Monticello, Stacy Donaldson of Dallas, Texas, and Sara (Bryan) Field of Hot Springs; great grandsons, Hayden and Ryan Turner, and Liam Field, who he affectionately called ‘BoJo; and a host of extended family and friends.
Services will be held on Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church followed by burial Dark Corner Cemetery with Bro. Sluggo Norris and Bro. Steve Hoskins officiating. Music provided by Darnell Norris Ausbrooks and Melba Bradley.
Pallbearers are Victor Harper, Mark Harper, Clay Wynn, Ronnie Donaldson, Brandon Holloway, and Sam Norris. Honorary pallbearers are Andrew Pickens, Berzent Blagg, Billy Bert French, A.O. French, and Vernon Flemister.
Memorials may be made to Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.