Honorable B. Kenneth Johnson, of Monticello, succumbed to cancer on October 13, 2019, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family. He was 75.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Estelle and William Johnson; his beloved grandmother and matriarch of the family, Lillie Bodell; along with his uncle and mentor, Herbert Bodell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Robin; sons, Stephen (Rhonda) Johnson and Scott Daniel Johnson; two daughters, Mandy (Shane) Tropf and Katie Green; one brother William (Chantal) Johnson; sisters, Myrna Gillespie and Sandra (Rodger) Caldwell; three granddaughters, Ellen and Evelyn Johnson and his buddy, Lillie Kate Green.
Johnson was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and a friend to everyone.
He was born on June 20, 1944 in San Angelo, Texas and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was a 1962 graduate of Jonesboro High School where he was a member of the 1962 Hurricanes State Basketball Championship team. He was the most valuable player in the state Allstar Game.
Johnson was a 1966 graduate of Hendrix College where he attended on a basketball scholarship playing all four years and winning numerous AIC awards. He was inducted into Hendrix’s Hall of Honor in 2018. After college, he attended the University of Arkansas Law School and graduated in 1969 with a Juris Doctorate degree.
Johnson began his law career in Pine Bluff with the law firm of Dickey & Drake. As his career developed, he moved to Dumas and joined the firm of Marion Gill. During his tenure as attorney, he was the City Attorney of Dumas for 14 years and served as a member of the State Law Examiners. The vast majority of his practice was throughout Southeast Arkansas, but he tried cases all over Arkansas along with the U.S. District Court and United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
After a fulfilled law career, Johnson was elected 10th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge, 2nd Division two consecutive terms and was the administrative law judge for the district.
He will be remembered as one of Arkansas’ most respected criminal defense attorneys, family law judge for the 10th District 2nd Division, a golfer and outdoorsman, but mainly, as a man of honor.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday, October 19, at 11 a.m. The service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Monticello, with a reception following in the church’s life center.
He truly believed in the justice system and that every person deserves a Second Chance, therefore, memorials can be made in his memory to: EXODUS.LIFE, 3700 A W. 65th Street, Little Rock, 72205, the Arkansas Hospice in Monticello, or to the American Cancer Society.