of Little Rock, AR
February 2, 1938 - November 18, 2020
Bobby Ray Johnson, age 82, of Little Rock passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the St. Vincent Rehab Hospital in Sherwood, Arkansas. He was born February 2, 1938 to Lorene and Dooley Johnson in Crossett, Arkansas. He married Ellen Rodgers of Cullen, Louisiana on December 24, 1955. He was a Veteran of the US Army. He was a papermaker in Springhill, Louisiana where he and Ellen raised their family, and in 1978, they moved to McGehee, Arkansas where he worked at Potlatch Corporation until his retirement in June of 2000. After retirement, they made their home in Little Rock. He loved fishing and spent many hours in pursuit of his passion. He was a Christian and so very often served as the hands, feet, and heart of Christ. He is predeceased by his parents, a brother, Charles Johnson, and a sister Doris Johnson Hudson. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of 64 years, 11 months; son, Chuck Johnson (Cathy) of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, son, Wally Johnson (Kim) of Little Rock, and daughter, Bobbye Kaye Buford (Alan) of Heber Springs; a brother, Billy Johnson, and two sisters, Patsy Ruth Simpson and Susie Bolin (Sammy) all of Crossett; brother-in-law, Roy Rodgers (Betty) of Texarkana and sister-in-law, Martha Rodgers Gonzales of Brentwood, TN.He was PawPaw to six grandchildren, Sherry and Sean Johnson, Casey and Drew Buford, and Shelby and Rose Johnson; as well as five great-grandchildren, Gage and Avery Buford, Jordana Buford, and Kaitlyn and Justin Potts. He was a member of the South City Church of Little Rock and the Legacy Life group there. A Memorial Service is planned there, with CDC guidelines observed, in the Courtyard for Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 3 p.m. and will be presided over by Pastor Drew Cline. He will be memorialized from home by long-time friends and Pastor Brother Jerry Kidd and Sue of South City Church, and the service will be streamed on South City Church Little Rock Facebook page.Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to the South City Church, 10710 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209 5835.
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So sorry for your loss. I pray God comforts your family.
Uncle Bobby, I know you are surrounded by loves in heaven that couldn’t wait to see you. I can just imagine the talk going on right now. Just know here on earth you are surrounded by love & great memories, you sure will be missed. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to all.
I grew up in church with Mr. Bobby, Mrs. Ellen, and the kids. They all were a big part of my "upbringing." I always admired Mr. Bobby. He was good to notice and encourage me as a kid. I cried when he and the family moved away. Praise the Lord, our destination in Christ will have no more separations!
Ellen, Chuck, Wally, and Bobbye Kaye, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you will all be in my prayers during this difficult time. I know he was a wonderful husband and father. He will be missed. I wish you all comfort and peace. ❤
Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.
May all of your wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace.
So sorry. Grew up going to church with this family. Bobby was a good example for us all.
Love You Ellen, Wally, and Bobbie Kay, and chuck.
Prayers for all of y’all. Great memories , Always be “Coach “ to me.
Trudy and I offer our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
You have my deepest sympathy. He is loved by many. I know my Dad , whom Bobby would call”Terrapin “ thought of him like a brother.
Brother,Friend,Mentor, and Cheerleader; Bobby was all of these and more to me. He was un waiving support for our family, always.
We are so sorry for your loss. Bobby was a nice man, and caring man. I pray for him & his family.