Paul Anderson Duffy III, aka "J" "Adam" "Johnny Cougar", of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was born on October 15, 1971 in Macon, Georgia.
Paul is preceded in death by a son, Dylan Matthew Johnston and his mother, Linda Carol Walton Newkirk. He is survived by the love of his life of 28 years, Alesia Sewell Duffy; daughter Lauren Alyse Johnston; father Paul "Andy" Anderson Duffy Jr (Shelby).; grandchildren Aaden Johnston, Arabella Johnston, and Matthew Johnston; aunts Janet Walton and Melanie Taylor; and many cousins and countless friends.
Paul was a master woodworker and loved working with his hands. He was a gifted artist, that left an indelible mark on our world through his breathtaking artwork. With every project, he breathed life into his creations, leaving spectators in awe of the beauty he captured. He spent several years using his talents at Dassault Falcon Jet and Custom Aircraft Cabinets. He could build or fix anything. He loved writing poetry and stories. Music was a great love of Paul's, as he could play the trumpet, guitar, and could sing. His personality was one of a kind and he was always putting other people first. He was a person of remarkable intellect known for his quiet demeanor. While he may not have been loquacious, his words held immeasurable wisdom, particularly when they delved in the mysteries of the world and the mysteries of the universe. His astute observations illuminated profound truths, leaving others in awe of his intellectual prowess.
In his pursuit of self-expression, he found solace and freedom atop his beloved motorcycle. The open road offered him a sanctuary where he could feel the wind in his hair, the rumble of the engine beneath him, and a sense of unbridled liberation. His passion for riding reminded us all to embrace life's adventures and find joy in the simplest moments. He was a member of the motorcycle club, Iron Order.
Yet, above all, J Paul, will be remembered for his kind and caring nature. His heart overflowed with love and compassion for his fellow human beings. He selflessly gave his time, talent, and resources to those in need, enriching the lives of countless individuals along the way. He was the person who loved on the broken, ministered to the hurting, and advocated for the outcasts and those that most people would look past. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. -John 15:13 His family finds solace in that his last thoughts were of the passenger of the ATV. Always putting others first, his last moments were selflessly given to others in need, as J Paul will remain a hero in many lives as an organ donor.
As we say our final goodbyes, let us remember him not with sadness, but with gratitude for the privilege of having shared a small part of his extraordinary journey. May his memory live on in the art he created, the music he played, the kindness he showed to others, and the love he shared.
Honorary Pallbearers are Aaden Johnston, Matthew Johnston, Tommy Sewell, Randy Southerland, Rob Whittington, Todd Greene, Hollis Greene, Dustin Whitfield, Jerry Drake, Dale Evers, Rick Ketterbaugh, & Gene Jose Carrillo.
The family will host a celebration of J Paul's life on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Recovery Central, 1305 W Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Another celebration of his life will be held at a later date in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Details will be announced here in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Friends of Recovery Foundation / Recovery Central via Recovery Central Facebook Page. Venmo FOR@Recovery_Central or www.recoverycentral.info. This was an organization that was near and dear to J Paul.