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Joe Don Johnson

Joe Don Johnson, 55, who resided in the Cox Valley Community, died on Friday, April 4, 2014 in Paris, after a brief battle with small cell cancer.

He was born Feb. 20, 1959 at the Bell Clinic in Tishomingo, Okla. to the late Howard R. Johnson and Mary Ann (McCabe) Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Renee Andrews and his grandparents.

He graduated from U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City in 1977. He was an auto mechanic by trade, but his true passion was playing music. “Joe Dog,” as he was known to his many friends, was a bass guitarist in several bands, the latest being “The G Strings” ( the G string being a major guitar string.) Johnson was a member of the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, located in the Cox Valley Community.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 at Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. Burial will be at Clark Chapel Cemetery in Cox Valley, under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Paris.

He is survived by his long time companion, Elaine Beaver of Paris; his son, Ray William Johnson of California; two brothers, Mike Johnson of Illinois and Tommy Johnson of Oklahoma; two sisters, Karen Cravens of Oklahoma and Pati Rhea of Alaska. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

Pallbearers will be Zane Talley, Bo Shelton, Josh Watson, Ronnie Wurst, Jeff Coley, Mike Wright, Byron Lampkin, and Roger Barlow.

Public viewing will begin Sunday, April 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home in Paris.

Family will visit with friends before the service Monday, April 7, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to Clark Chapel Cemetery Fund; Attn: Linda Bates at 17329 Hwy. 41 Branch, Arkansas 72928.

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