Marion Leroy Johnson October 6, 1936~June 14, 2013

Marion Leroy Johnson passed away Friday, June 14, at Willard Walker Hospice Home from complications of diabetes.  Born October 6, 1936, fifth child of Dayne and Mamie (Wilson) Johnson of Johnson, he attended school in Johnson, Arkansas, and Fayetteville High School; class of 1954. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and David Lee Johnson, one sister, Doris Ferguson, and a granddaughter, Natosha Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen (Eubanks) Johnson, three sisters; Ina Newberry, Barbara Gilbert and Marie Morris; two sisters-in-law, Kona Johnson and Mary Sue Johnson; three sons, Ben and Tony Johnson of the home; Ron and wife, Beth, of Elkins; and one daughter, Renee Johnson of Springdale, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Leroy retired as a Deputy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 having served under Sheriff Bud Dennis , Sheriff Bill Brooks and Sheriff Kenneth McKee. He owned and operated the Karmelkorn Shop and Bressler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream Shoppe from 1975 to 1980.  For over three decades he volunteered for the American Council of the Blind assisting with national convention.  He served 22 years as Treasurer of the Arkansas Council of the Blind and for many years as Treasurer of the Northwest Chapter Arkansas Council of the Blind. He was a member of the Johnson Church of Christ.  Leroy believed strongly in treating everyone as he would want to be treated including persons incarcerated at the jail.  Many former inmates would walk up to him and shake his hand telling him he had helped them to be better citizens.  He leaves behind many friends. Visitation at Beard’s Funeral Chapel Chapel on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM. Graveside services will be Monday at 10 AM with Larry Culbreath officiating. Burial will be at Stuckey Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel followed by a memorial gathering at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arkansas Council of the Blind, 4912 Trout Farm Road, Springdale AR 72762.  Donations will be used to purchase independent living aids for older blind persons in Arkansas. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.

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    Cheryl Barron » 15. Jun, 2013

    So sorry to hear about uncle Leroy. I will try to get off work to come to the funeral. I am reminded of his sweet smile and all the wonderful things he did for people. He loved his family unconditionally. I know many are thankful he is not suffering but he will be missed by so many. Aunt Mary my heart goes out to you and my cousins. I am really sorry you are going through this. Uncle Leroy, rest in peace. No more suffering. Love to all. My prayers will be with you as you go through this difficult time.

    RON HARRISON » 16. Jun, 2013

    Mary Ellen and boys,

    So sad to learn of Leroy’s passing today. I heard the tractor this morning next to our home, just over the hill from your home. Piked up the paper, their was Leroy’s obituary. I know this has been a long and painful trip for him, now resting and receiving his rewards. He and I had many stories to share at the Johnson Post Office, over the fences and here. Prayers for comfort for you and all the families.

    Randy & Linda Bradley » 16. Jun, 2013

    We were truly sorry to learn of Leroy’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Leroy will be missed by so many folks whose lives he has touched over the years.

    Pat Hawkins » 17. Jun, 2013

    Prayers and Love sent to Mary Ellen and Family, Leroy will be greatly missed, but I believe he is the winner and is with his Lord, God’s Grace is Sufficient. Love, Pat, Roy and Karen

    Charlie Cain-Davis » 17. Jun, 2013

    Prayers for the family of Mr. Leroy, and condolences for your loss.

    Jim, Geronda, Gail, Sandy » 17. Jun, 2013

    It sadden us to learn of Leroy’s passing. It was a joy to see & talk with Leroy at the ACB conferences. He will be missed by all who knew him. Leroy’s earthly journey is complete, no more suffering, may he rest in peace. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts; In Christ- Jim Tyrrell, Geronda Hall, Gail Kilburn, & Sandy Isaac—– members of Kentucky Council of Blind and ACB

    Phil & Carolyn Culpepper » 17. Jun, 2013

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your loss. Leroy and I spent a lot of hours in the mall . He was a great guy and will be greately missed.

    Dixie Burt Miner » 25. Jun, 2013

    I work with Mary at Ramada Inn when it first open. Met Mr Leroy. He would light up the coffee shop and just there to see his lovely wife. He was a tease. Yes I am the one who pour coffee on a customer. Leroy will be missed so much. Now he is an angel. Mary I think of you often. My last name is Wilson now. I live in FL.