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Mary May Johnson


Mary May Johnson, 98, of Watson, Oklahoma passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 18th, 2019. She was born in McGee, Missouri on August 8th, 1920 and was the daughter of the late William Barks and Bessie Steward Barks.

She was saved at Bright Prospect Baptist Community Church in McGee. After high school, she lived and worked in St. Louis before traveling to Oregon with her brother and sister-in-law for work. While working in a Café she met the love of her life Billie Johnson of Watson and they were married in Cove, Arkansas on November 16th, 1946. Mrs. Johnson enjoyed crocheting, quilting, gardening and cooking. But she really loved to attend church and teach young children. She enjoyed teaching them to “mind” and helping them memorize God’s Word and the Books of the Bible. She was an active member of Sulphur Springs Missionary Baptist Church for 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie; one daughter, Peggy White; one granddaughter, Rosemary Youngblood; brothers:  Sherman, Ivan, Eli, Joe, and Lloyd; and sisters:  Goldie, Irene, and Bertailee.

Survivors include one sister, Berneice Adams of Puxico, MO; two sons: , Ralph and wife Saundra of Pryor, OK, Richard and wife Candy of Fort Smith AR; one daughter, Patricia of Shawnee, OK; six grandsons:  Aaron, Johnathan, Andrew, Ryan, Charles, and Clinton;, two granddaughters:  Rebekah and Christina; and 24 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at Sulphur Springs Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 am.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Johnson, Johnathan Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Ryan Youngblood, Charles White, and Clinton Johnson.

Honorary Pallbearers are Rebekah Rose and Christina Wilson.

Interment at Watson Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Mrs. Johnson loved the Bible, Gods Word. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Gideon’s International. You may donate online at, by calling 866.382.4243, or donation cards will be made available at the funeral home.

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