Horace ”Buddy” Johnson, Jr.

Horace ”Buddy” Johnson, Jr., 86 of Monticello, passed away January 13, 2022, at his home in Monticello surrounded by his family.

He was born May 3, 1935, in Drew County, to the late Horace Davis Johnson and Ola Mae Bostian Johnson.

Buddy was a devout Christian at Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church where he received the perfect Sunday school attendance pin for the last 38 years. He loved the fellowship that came with the men’s breakfast at the church. He loved anything outdoors and spent his retirement from the University of Arkansas at Monticello maintenance department on the tractor or doing yard work. Buddy loved four-wheel riding with his kids and grandkids and teaching them everything he knew about turning wrenches and mechanic work. He was very gifted as a mechanic. He also loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Betty Wright and Geneva Burton; a brother Otis Reed; and a niece, Vicki Moore.

Buddy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann Dye Johnson of Monticello; two sons, Johnny Johnson and close friend Debbie Tenorio and Dave Johnson and wife Vanessa; five grandchildren, Leah and husband Aubrey Nixon, Joshua and wife Brittney Johnson, Tiffany and husband Keith Booker, Sariya and husband Micah Lane, and Emiley Johnson; nine great-grandchildren, Carson, Dustin, Cooper, Alivia, Colton, Tristin, Caroline, Holt, and Paisley; two sisters-in-law, Jean Carr and Mary Wallace of Monticello; brother-in-law, Winfred Dye of Monticello; nephew, Cecil Reed of Monticello; niece, Cathy Curtis of Monticello; special great-niece, Kelly and husband, Thomas Burnett; great-nephew, Jason Moore and his children, Austin Moore, and Madelin Wood; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services with military honors will be held Sunday, January 16, at 3:30 p.m. at the Andrews Chapel Cemetery on Barkada Road in Wilmar. Rev. Dwayne Roper officiating. Visitation will be at the cemetery before the service from 3 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.