Thurston Bernard Johnson
Thurston Bernard Johnson, 84, of Pocahontas, Ark., formerly of O’Fallon, Ill., went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Thurston passed away at home with loved ones by his side.
Thurston was born on October 26, 1934, in Reyno, Ark., to Dennis and Dona Kirby Johnson.
Thurston was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother-in-law. He had many friends he met throughout his life’s journey. He was a truck driver for the better part of 50 years. Thurston had been to every state in the continental United States and had traveled over one million miles during his career. He was a proud, hard-working man who was always around if needed. He was of the Baptist faith and an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.
Thurston is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Dona Kirby Johnson; brothers, Hulen, Ivory, Paul, and Larry Johnson; sisters, Myrtle Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Lula Belle Johnson, Anna Belle Johnson, Lorrine Morley, Bernice Blackwell, Billy Lockett, Patsy Roark, and Imogene Reed; and granddaughter, Nikki Balkenbush.
Thurston is survived by his wife of 34 years, Peggy Tunstill Johnson, of the home; son, David Johnson; stepson, Charles Scott; daughters, Darlene (Barry) Rowland, Donna Johnson, Sheri Johnson, and Sandy Penrod; stepdaughters, Linda (Les) Combs, and Betty Redwine; grandchildren, Christine, Brick, Ashlee, Amber, Heather, Dana, Jeff, Mike, Aaron, Austin, Jacob, Katelyn, Gracie, and Heather; great grandchildren, Gabby, Cole, Nathan, Jacob, Shay, Ciara, Bentley, Kaya, Samuel, Riley, Jordan, Wyatt, Kaylee, Keri, Thomas, Gatlin, Nash, Zayden, Aubrey, and Andre.
All services were held in the chapel of the Fears Family Funeral Home, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Visitation was from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thurston’s funeral service immediately followed, beginning at 2:00 p.m., with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial followed in the Nelson Cemetery, in Reyno.
Honored to serve as pallbearers were Kenny Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Aaron Boone, Mike Penrod, Jeff Penrod, and Les Combs.