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Donald “Don” Johnson, 78, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died September 30, 2017. He was born September 21, 1939, to N.N. (Poley) and Nellie (Ford) Johnson.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, and sisters-in-law, C.L. Johnson (Charlotte), Howard Johnson (Bennie); son-in-law, Hugh Crumpton; and nephew, Mark Johnson.

He is survived by his childhood sweet heart of 57 years, Dorothy (Maddox) Johnson; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Arnaud (Kirk), Dianna Bates (Melvin) all of Hot Springs; grandchildren, Matthew Bates (Alicia), Ben Crumpton, Codie Crumpton, and Nic Arnaud. Don was also blessed with two great-grandsons, Marcus and Micah Bates and was loved by many nieces and nephews.

Upon graduating in 1957 from Hot Springs High School, Don began working for J.J. Newberry Co., where he became assistant manager. After getting married, he began his 41 year career in the poultry industry working for his father-in-law, Ross Maddox, in the feed and poultry business. Within 5 years Don moved his family to Hope, Arkansas, taking a position with Corn Belt / Kroger Hatcheries.

While living in Hope, Don was part of numerous committees that assisted in the building of the new First United Methodist Church back in 1971. Don was also very active in the Men’s Century Bible Class, where he served as President. After being in Hope for 10 years, Don had the opportunity to move back to Hot Springs, taking a job with Hubbard Farms in 1975. His career spanned 28 years with Hubbard Farms, where he served as Flock Supervisor, Hatchery Manager, and retired as General Manager in 2003.

In 1984 Don was elected to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Poultry Federation, where he served 18 years as a member and in 1999 was elected to serve as President of the Arkansas Poultry Federation. Don was active in the Arkansas and National Poultry Improvement Committee for 20 years and served on Hubbard Farms Charitable Foundation for numerous years.

Don was a member of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church for 42 years, serving on the board, President of the Staff Parish, Striver’s Sunday school class, choir member, Methodist Men’s Group, and enjoyed attending the Walk to Emmaus.

Pallbearers will be nephews: Doug and Howard Johnson, Lloyd Robertson, Jim and Terry Kuntz, David and Paul Frazier, and David, Jason, Alan, and Ross Puckett.

Honorary pallbearers are John Jones, Rodney Asbury, Eddie Slick, Joanna Coleman, the Striver’s Sunday School Class, and the Chancel Choir.

Special thanks extended to Dr. Tim English, Arkansas Hospice, Linda Evans (caregiver), Hot Springs Title Company Family, and close friends and family members.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

A celebration of Don’s life will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church with Pastor Shane Robertson and Rev. David Fleming officiating.

Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Grand Avenue United Methodist Church Music Fund or the Charitable Foundation.


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Visitation

Tuesday

3

Oct

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Caruth-Hale Funeral Home

155 Section Line Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Service

Wednesday

4

Oct

2:00 PM
Grand Avenue United Methodist Church

841 Quapaw Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

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