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Lonnie Wayne Johnston

December 1, 1941 — February 4, 2023

Lonnie Wayne Johnston

 

 

Lonnie Wayne Johnston, 81, North Little Rock passed away February 4, 2023.  He was born in McGehee, Arkansas on December 1, 1941, to Herbert and Louise Johnston.  

Lonnie was a kind and good-natured person who genuinely loved the people in his life, and we are fortunate to have known him. This sentiment is expressed by Lonnie’s family, friends, church community, and coworkers alike. Although many love Lonnie and will treasure their memories of him, he is most loved by his daughter, Kim and his wife of 40 years, Ann. From the age of six, he and Ann were classmates growing up. Many years later, they re-connected, fell in love, and shared their lives together. Ann is comforted in her grief, knowing that one day Lonnie will again hold her hand as he always did in life.

A strong Christian faith was with Lonnie throughout his life. He shared and instilled that faith with his daughter at an early age. Later in life, Lonnie and Ann found a home with 47th Street Baptist Church in North Little Rock, and that community nurtured him through the end of his life. 

While Lonnie was a sports fan generally and particularly loved watching boxing, his greatest love as a fan was for all things Razorbacks. Although football and basketball were favorites, Lonnie enjoyed cheering on the Hogs watching a variety of women’s and men’s sports. In recent years, he and Ann have become avid followers of Arkansas baseball and softball. And Lonnie shared his love of the Razorbacks with his daughter, Kim, drawing a football field on paper and teaching her about the game at an early age. One of Kim’s fondest memories is going to an Arkansas basketball game and sitting right behind the players with her daddy.

Throughout his life, Lonnie had several interests and loves. Always keen to explore American history, reading and visiting historically significant sites, his favorite era was the old west. He was an avid reader of ‘westerns’. Also, a lover of music, Lonnie longed to play guitar and indeed became a student of the instrument later in life. Lastly, Lonnie adored our furry canine friends, and his lap was a prized location for many of them over the years. For a period, Lonnie, Ann, and their English Springers even competed in conformation and agility shows.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Eugenia “Ann” Johnston; daughter, Kimberly Mulanax (Homer); stepson, Bradley Allen; grandchildren; Michelle (Steve), Alison (Jon), Akelsie, Newton; eleven great grandchildren; Stephen, Jordan, Autumn, Kaylee, Anthony, Zander, Knox, Nova, Jayden, Dublin, Heavenly; two great great grands; Adrian, Kenslee; and half-brothers: Brian, Kirk, and Kent Johnston. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Johnston (Marion) and Anna Louise Glosup (Jack) and half-brothers: Scottie Johnston and Jackie Glosup.

Memorial service is 2:00PM, Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 47th Street Baptist Church in North Little Rock, AR. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-9929

 

 

Arrangements by Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., North Little Rock, AR  72114.  501-758-1170.

 



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