Norman Wayne Johnson

Norman Wayne “Kangaroo” Johnson, 88, of Watson Chapel, formerly of Ladelle, died August 21, 2020, at his home.

He was born March 5, 1932, in Monette, Arkansas to the late LM and Pauline Pipkin Johnson.

He was also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Murl Murphy Johnson; his second wife, Mae Proter Johnson; a brother, Jimmy Gerald Johnson; a sister-in-law, Nancy Carol Johnson; and a brother-in-law, Sam Rankin.

He was a 1950 graduate of Drew Central High School and a 1954 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He received a Master of Science degree from Henderson State University in 1974.

Mr. Johnson taught and coached at Selma, Kingsland, Strong and Watson Chapel School districts, retiring in 1993. In addition to coaching several championship teams for girls and boys basketball, Coach Johnson served as a teacher, athletic director and assistant principal for 39 years. His 1959 Kingsland High School, men’s basketball team, had an undefeated record.

He was a christian and a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 19 years, JoAnn Harvey Johnson; two siblings, Phyllis Rankin of Harrison and Ronnie Johnson (Jalynn) of Beebe; two sons, Dwayne Johnson (Kathy) of Hot Springs and Darryl Johnson (Monie) of Little Rock; five stepchildren, Jack Porter (Rita) of Wilmar, Larry Rains (Pam) of Springdale, Dr. Danny Johnson (Cheryl) of Bryant, Leonard Johnson of Monticello and Myra Tate (Timothy) Van Buren. He is also survived by two grandchildren Blake Johnson (Lauren) of Jonesboro and Kristen Devers (Matt) of Bryant; two great grandchildren, Millie Johnson and Blair Devers; 10 step grandchildren; 13 step great grandchildren and one step great great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of choice.

Burial services will be held Wednesday, August 26 at 2 p.m. at the Ladelle Cemetery in Drew County. Rev. Steve Monk will officiate. There will be a viewing at the cemetery at 1:30 p.m. preceding the service. Due to the current pandemic, there will only be graveside viewing and visitation immediately prior to the services.