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Kenneth W. Johnson, 88

Kenneth W. Johnson, 88, (AKA Papa Ken) passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert N. Johnson and Betty Amy Welch Johnson; two wives, Maxine Buchanan and Paula Johnson.

After moving to Little Rock from Tulip, Arkansas, his single mother found work as a worker in a sewing factory.  He held many jobs as a teenager, including working in a grocery store and laying carpet. His professional career started at Retail Credit in the 1950’s and he became an insurance salesman with Penn Mutual in the 1960’s. From there he became involved in monthly parking lot management where he became an expert in teaching his sons to run lawnmowers, weed eaters and how to stripe a parking lot.

His hobby was horse racing and he and Paula enjoyed their many trips to Oaklawn. He became a horse owner and had success at the tracks in Louisiana. He also became a champion boat driver, taking his sons, nieces and nephews on many water skiing trips around Lake Hamilton.

He is survived by his sons; Rob Johnson (Shirley), Gregg Johnson (B.B.) and Terry Johnson (Rochelle) and a special daughter, Kerry Jacobs (Hulet); in addition to serval nieces and nephews. His two grandchildren, Robyn Johnson and Ryan Johnson held a special place in his heart.

A celebration will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at the Town Pump in Little Rock, Arkansas. This was one of his favorite places to eat and socialize.

Please make a donation to the Lions Club in Lieu of flowers. Helping the visually impaired was important to him.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.





  • Tanya Wilkins (coworker) Posted June 8, 2018 8:55 AM

    Sorry to hear about your loss.

  • Teresa & Bill Clinton Posted June 8, 2018 9:16 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Quinton linn Posted June 8, 2018 10:59 AM

    May god give you strength with your loss

  • Richard Redus Posted June 10, 2018 9:32 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson boys and their families. I know you all have many memories of Papa Ken you will always cherish.

  • Rebecca Hargrove Posted June 17, 2018 12:40 PM

    Your Dad was a wonderful man and may your memories keep your heart from feeling sad…..

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