Charles David Johnson July 8, 1952~May 8, 2014

Charles David Johnson, age 61, died Thursday, May 8, in Springdale. David was born on July 8, 1952 in Harrisburg, Arkansas to Charles Oliver Johnson and the late Thelma Alice Linvell. He married Angela Johnson on December 16, 1984, and they lived together in Texas before moving to Northwest Arkansas in 1998.
David was an accomplished musician, who loved his family, his friends, his dogs, good music, great food, a quick-witted joke, cheesy action movies, and exploring the Ozarks on his motorcycle.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Bordonaro Johnson; his children, Corey Johnson, of Fayetteville, and Leah Johnson, of New Orleans, Louisiana; his father, Charles Oliver Johnson, of Rockford, Illinois; and his sisters, Connie Christian, of Houston, Texas and Darla Schroeder, of Rockford, Illinois. He is also survived by a vast network of extended family and friends.
The visitation will be Sunday, May 11 from 6-8 at Beard’s Chapel in Fayetteville. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 12 at 1 pm at Beard’s Chapel. There will be a reception following the service for family and friends from 3 to 5 PM, at Central United Methodist Church in the Activity Center.
A benefit concert in David’s honor will be held at The Bayou in Rogers on May 18, from 3-9 pm.Charles David Johnson

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    Oran and Abby Cullum » 10. May, 2014

    My deepest sympathies go out to your family. David was an amazing person. He was my partner at Guitar Center for over 5 years, but he was more than that. He was a true friend, a father figure, a mentor, and a shining example of what a “good man” should be. His philanthropic spirit was second to none and all of us should take a cue from him and try to be more like him in that respect. He was involved in so many aspects of our community and so many people loved him. Not a day went by that I didn’t hear of someone who either knew him from way back or met him recently and was instantly his new friend. It didn’t matter what you looked like, your age, your musical preferences, nothing. He would treat you with the same respect and kindness as anyone else on the planet. He would pick up total strangers on snowy days who were walking down the road just so they could be warm for a minute. Although he was a manager, it wasn’t beneath him to do the dirtiest of jobs. He had one heck of a sense of humor and could put a smile on even the saddest of faces. Whenever me and my family were going through hard times, he was right there to support me in any way he could. He treated his friends and employees as if they were his own family and didn’t blink an eye doing so. He would give you a million chances in whatever circumstance because he believed that everyone had great potential if someone would just believe in them. His musical passion was astounding and awe inspiring. He might not have been the biggest rock star on the planet, but he was to me. He inspires me to be a better person and to not take things for granted. Dave helped me grow up and see my potential. He fueled my love for the Beatles and got me into motorcycles. I owe much of my character and ethics to him. I will never forget him and will cherish our friendship forever. He will be profoundly missed.

    Kenny White » 11. May, 2014

    Rock and Roll Heaven is blessed to receive another great member!
    David was a classmate and friend. He will be greatly missed by all.
    Blessings on his family and friends!

    Bob Ketchum » 11. May, 2014

    Our most sincere condolences. David was a gentleman and a fine musician. He was always a pleasure to be around. The state of Arkansas has lost another music heritage. He will be missed but never forgotten.
    Bob, Jane & Robert Ketchum

    Greg schader » 11. May, 2014

    No words dave. I love u bro. Another good friend waiting on me on heavens golden shore. ALL of us will miss you. Thank you for being my friend dave. I know it wasnt easy. I appreciate your advice. I could go on forever. At my lowest i could count on you to tell me the truth. Stand me up then kick me in the butt. Going in the right direction. I will not b able to fill ur shoes nor anyone. I will do all i can. See u on the other side. Tom dooley. “The Rockr”. Greg

    Michael Goolsby » 11. May, 2014

    My deepest regards for his family and community of friends. I was a frequent visitor at the Guitar Center and David always greeted me with a smile. We would often talk about motorcycles and the pleasure music brought us both. I will miss seeing my friend, but he is now playing that Les Paul in heaven with the rest of his guitar playing buddies.

    Name » 12. May, 2014


    We’ ll miss David and his smile.
    Dr. Coy Hurd , Billy Ed Hynes, Liz Lottman feels the same.
    I knew him 40 + years.
    Make sure to take an aspirin every day.

    Frank Angelo 439 2247 c

    Dave & Michelle Chiodo » 12. May, 2014

    David was a special person and a special friend to us. We will miss him.

    Mark Bresnahan » 12. May, 2014

    I work in Operations/Inventory control at Guitar center and enjoyed Dave’s company and great sense of humor the severals times I have been at the store for once a year inventory audits.
    I was looking forwards to seeing him again this year. He surely will be missed.

    Name » 12. May, 2014

    David will be missed. David made a great contribution to music here in Northwest Arkansas. He helped so many folks in so many ways when it came to music. He always greeted customers with a smile at the store(s). David’s sense of humor helped take the edge off of tough days. I am glad to have had the opportunity to hear David play. David helped keep the spark alive that ignites the fire with in musical artists, helping them to pursue their dreams. He was realistic about the challenges in the music industry, yet he was not cynical about it, he knew it was all worth pursuing. David constantly encouraged others to pursue their dreams. I will never look at a Les Paul without thinking about Dave and his buddy Joe Pitts. To David’s wife, children and family know that he was held in high regard by folks in the music business as an artists and a businessman, he was one of the good guys. Thank you Dave. Rest in peace.

    Michelle Jahner » 16. May, 2014

    Please know you are in my thoughts.

    Name » 23. May, 2014

    Dave I felt like I knew you my whole life. You will be missed by many. I pray for peace and comfort for your family!

    Allen Walker » 24. May, 2014

    I am really hurt about the passing of a wonderful man. He was a fun person to be around. R.I.P Dave.

    Kenneth and Linda Jones » 02. Jan, 2015

    Dave was a great bandmate (Fair Warning) and a all around good guy! We had some really great times together in that quite good little band. Linda and I will miss him.