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Herman Ronald Johnson

Mr. Herman Ronald “Ronnie” Johnson, age 79, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born May 30, 1943, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Herman Luther Johnson and Myrtle Irene Plunkett Johnson.

Ronnie married Margie, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, in 1961 and the following April, Jeff was born, four years later God blessed them with Kristi. They were married 61 years this past June. Ronnie loved to spoil Margie, it made him happy to make her happy.

They raised their family and ran their business for 45+ years in Watson, Oklahoma.

Ronnie loved and was so proud of their community and he played a big part in countless Watson kids’ lives over the years. Even after they were old enough to retire, Ronnie insisted they keep Johnson’s Grocery open. He felt that it was important for Watson to have a grocery store for the sake of the town and the people he cared so much about.

Ronnie knew and loved the Lord and he used the gifts that God gave him to sing and minister to so many people. He sang at 100’s of funerals over the years.

Ronnie thought the world of his grandkids and great-grands. They made him smile and he was probably caught bragging about them a time or two.  After all, they were the best ball players, smartest kids in the class, best team ropers, most handsome, and most beautiful kids in the world…. and there was no use in arguing with him about it!

About as much as anything, Ronnie loved his cows. He often told us how much that he missed them after he moved away from Watson. He knew every cow and could tell you a little bit about each one. He had raised them all from his cowherds over the last 40 years.

He lived a good life and he was certain of where his eternity was.   There will never be another Ronnie Johnson and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Myrtle Johnson; sister, Sue Lunsford; brothers-in-law, Eddie Lunsford, Bill Burgess, Vernon Smith; sister-in-law, Ruth Young; and by his niece, Regina Pollard. He is survived by his wife, Margie Johnson; son, Jeff Johnson and wife Tonia; daughter, Kristi Gee and husband, Terron; grandchildren, Derik Gee and wife, Destiny, Tori Johnson and fiancé, Spencer Reuss; great-grandchildren, Rayden and Rhett; special aunt, Linda Hudson and husband Steve; brother, Donnie Johnson; sister, Hilda Burgess; sister-in-law, Betty Smith; brother-in-law, Roy Young; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mr. Johnson will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the Smithville Assembly of God Church in Smithville, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Watson Cemetery, in Watson, Oklahoma. Brother Bill Dunahoo and Brother Keith Williams will be officiating the service, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 3, 2022, from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel, in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Jerry Dale Johnson, Kevin Toon, Darrin Toon, Dusty Nichols, Zac Mink, and Larry Pollard.

Honorary pallbearers are Arlie Toon, Troy Keiss, Decima Briggs, Mike Oglesby, Lewis Martin, Lucky Matthews, Jerry Hansborough, and Charles Drake.

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