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Obituary for Jimmie Johnson

GREENWOOD, Ark. – Jimmie Murrell Johnson, 76, of Greenwood, Arkansas, passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Greenwood and was born Oct. 21, 1943 in Monroe to Samuel Allen and Ollie Belle Goodin.

Services are Friday at 2 p.m. at Evans Chapel with Phil McGehee and Jim Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett, Arkansas, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Jim started Johnson Plumbing in 1967 and later formed JEPCO, an underground utilities company.  Both businesses helped to develop Poteau and the surrounding communities for nearly 30 years. He was the original developer of the Wolf Ridge Golf Course. He coached little league and summer league youth baseball.

He was a pilot and loved to fly until health reasons wouldn’t allow it. Jim’s life was one of humble beginnings and amazing accomplishments. A risk taker, he experienced the highs and lows that come from a life of climbing mountains and surviving valleys. His achievements allowed him to travel the world to visit people and places he only dreamed of as a poor kid growing up in Oklahoma. Jim was an overachiever by the very definition of the word and he wore it like a badge of honor.

His presence and impression on others were his trademarks. Those that lived, loved, fought and worked with the man, to a person, will carry their memories of him for a lifetime.

Jim is survived by three sons Jeff Johnson and wife Andrea of Norman, OK, James Johnson and Jonna Davis of Hontubby, and Joshua Johnson of the home; sister Wanda James and husband Phil of Poteau; special son, Dylan McElyea; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie Gregory; and first wife Debbie Johnson.

Pallbearers are Phillips James, Andrew Marshall, Carl Brown, Dewayne Gregory, Lyndell Gregory, Josh Kinsey, Jeremy Kinsey and Justin Kinsey. The family will be at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit with relatives and friends.

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