Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Robert Lee Johns, 74

Robert Lee Johns, 74, of Jacksonville, passed away April 15, 2021. He was born October 18, 1946 to Thomas Dewey Johns and Madeline Long in Woodstock, Virginia.

Robert honorably served his Country as a United States Air Force Veteran. He also worked for ADEM and then FEMA. Robert loved baseball (he was a Cubs Fan), traveling and RVing, having coffee with his friends from church, and spending family time together. He was a member of Marshall Road Baptist Church.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Madeline Johns.

Robert leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years Sharon Johns; children Kendall Todd Johns, Thomas Lee Johns, and Richard Dean Johns; nephews Jody Lipscomb and Craig Lipscomb; niece Stacy Lipscomb; special niece LeeAnn Sims; sister Karon (James) Keever; and many other family and friends.

Robert’s Visitation will be Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6-8pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:00am at A Natural State Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave in North Little Rock.

In light of the current health concerns, Robert’s family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers if you are not able to attend the service. Please be aware, as per Arkansas directives, attendance will be regulated in accordance to Arkansas guidelines, all guests in attendance will be required to wear masks/facial coverings and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


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  • Amanda, Addison and Austin Rodriguez Posted April 16, 2021 8:03 PM

    This makes my heart heavy. Ms. Sharon we love you and are praying for you during this time.

  • David Nation Posted April 16, 2021 8:09 PM

    Todd sorry for the loss of your father. Keep your head up my friend.

  • Michael Higgs Posted April 17, 2021 11:39 AM

    Our sincerest condolences to Sharon, Richard and all your family and friends.
    Your family have always been kind and great neighbors throughout the years. I will miss Robert as I know you will even more. Linda and I have been in prayer for you all and will continue. Sincerely Michael and Linda Higgs

  • John Kay Sammons Posted April 17, 2021 3:34 PM

    Loved Bob and we love the entire family.

  • Carrie Hudson Posted April 18, 2021 10:02 AM

    So sorry for your loss guys. I remember when he would stop by hastings back in the day. Love yall.

  • Sharon Myers Posted April 20, 2021 9:51 AM

    My heart is heavy and my prayers are with you. I will miss Bob’s smile and jokes.

  • Becky Lytton Posted April 21, 2021 11:15 AM

    Sharon, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your sons are in our prayers. Please remember your fun times! Memories will help with the healing!

  • Nancy Armstrong Posted April 21, 2021 6:56 PM

    My thoughts and prayers, Sharon, are with you and your family; I was one of Bob’s classmates (class of 1965).

  • Dee Tisinger Posted April 21, 2021 8:09 PM

    Sending prayers to you and your family. We will miss our classmate of CHS 65

  • Todd Faulkner Posted April 22, 2021 11:03 AM

    My deepest condolences, Sharon, for you and your family. I will truly miss Bob very much. I was blessed through our acquaintance. As always, I am at your service, and will be privileged to help in any way.

  • Eddie Litten Posted April 22, 2021 4:14 PM

    So sorry for the loss of Bobby. I went through school with Bobby and served in the Air Force as well. Bobby was a true friend and true American. I loved him and will miss him.

  • Suzanne Eugster Posted April 24, 2021 9:58 AM

    My sincere condolences. I appreciated teaching with him while deployed with FEMA in Colorado and he was a true inspiration to many of us. A great loss and a true gentleman.

  • Suzanne Eugster Posted April 24, 2021 10:06 AM

    My sincere condolences. We taught together with FEMA in Colorado and he was a true inspiration to many and will be greatly missed. A true gentleman.

  • Pat Lewis Platt Posted April 24, 2021 11:26 AM

    Sharon and Boys, So very sorry to read about this. I always thought Bob was an amazing and wonderful person (what little I did know of him, since I haven’t seen him and Sharon for over 40 years!). Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Tammy Jett Andes Posted April 24, 2021 11:47 AM

    Our love& prayers are with you all. So sorry to hear this 😢

  • Susan Tompkins Posted April 24, 2021 1:05 PM

    This makes me very sad to hear this news. I always loved working with Bob. He was a great guy that cared for others.

  • carolyn Kipps Posted April 24, 2021 1:19 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to Sharon and family. Bob was a kind and friendly classmate.
    who will be missed (CHS 1965). Carolyn Kipps

  • Kennedy Gray Posted April 24, 2021 6:32 PM

    Thank you for your service! Awesome Fire Chief great man!

  • FRANK F PAINTER Posted April 24, 2021 6:51 PM

    I grew up with Bobby. We played baseball together. He was a great second baseman. He was always a great person to be around. May God Bless the Johns family at this time of sorrow. RIP my friend.

  • Anjela Barton Posted April 24, 2021 7:58 PM

    Chief Johns was such a kind man, and an inspiring leader. He was the 2nd Fire Chief I worked for when I was a firefighter, but certainly the most inspiring and encouraging in my career in the fire service. There wasn’t anything he didn’t encourage me to do – and he supported me at every effort, providing a work environment that allowed me to grow at a time when women were really an anomaly in my profession.

    I felt blessed over the years since my time in Maryland, that I had the chance to see him occasionally. Our last visit was about 3 years ago when he & his wife were traveling to Alaska. That was almost 30 years from the date I first worked for him. I am forever grateful for his friendship and mentorship, and for giving me so many opportunitiesto grow- I know I wouldn’t have made it to where I am without it.

    RIP Chief. You will be missed by so many, but have left a legacy, and thank you. ❤️

  • Linda Herring Posted April 27, 2021 10:04 PM

    You will be missed more than you know. Our prayers to Sharon and family. Bob really loved your cubs outfit!

  • Gary Kistner Posted May 6, 2021 4:35 PM

    Sharon and boys – It is hard to believe that it has been 40 plus years since I last saw you guys. I am so sorry to about Bob. Our time at Chanute was good. You guys were good friends. He was a good leader, mentor and instructor.. I was glad to hear that he made it to the top! My sincere condolences to all of you.

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