William James Johnson, Sr. – 1927-2020

William James Johnson, Sr. – 1927-2020

Elder Dr. William James Johnson, Sr., 93, of North Little Rock, Ark., departed this life on November 14, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elder William Johnson, Florence Johnson, and loving step-mother, Mother Laura Johnson; sisters: Brenda Johnson, Edna Johnson Clayborn, and Queen Esther Johnson Ganaway; and brothers: Elder Freddie (Johnnie) Johnson, DeArthur Johnson, Theopolis Johnson, Samuel (Nell) Johnson, and Elder Preston Johnson. Pastor Johnson served the Lord as a pastor for over 73 years, shepherding many congregations including his first post, Wrightville COGIC, Searcy COGIC, Biscoe COGIC, and East End COGIC where he served until his death. Dr. Johnson also served as an instructor at Charles Harrison Mason Bible College. Elder Johnson served civically as Justice of the Peace for the city of Little Rock. Professionally, he worked at Bruce Flooring Plant (20 years) and as a supervisor for Old Dominion Box Company, Inc. until he retired after 37 years of service. Pastor Johnson was also a dedicated member of Tops and Kops for 47 years and served as Worship Master of the Masonic Lodge.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his children, Diane (Earl) Jordan, William (Brenda) Johnson, Brenda (Theopherlus) McIntyre, Alvin (Ramona) Johnson, Calvin (Debra) Johnson; sisters: Mary Johnson, Laverne (Oliver) Haney, James (Ozetta) Johnson, Charles (Diane) Johnson, Roy (Marie) Johnson, Clint (Sharon) Johnson; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

Walk-through Visitation: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 4-6 p.m., East End COGIC, 709 Virginia Street, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71601.

Walk-through Visitation: Friday, November 20, 2020, 9-10:30 a.m., Holy Temple Cathedral COGIC,1322 S. Pulaski, Little Rock, Ark., 72202. Funeral service following at 11 a.m. Funeral service will be LiveStreamed on Ruffin & Jarrett’s Facebook page. Interment: Rest in Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, Ark. Services entrusted to Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester Street, Little Rock, Ark., (501) 372-1305.


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