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Joseph Reece “Joe” Johnson, age 80, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020.  He was born March 9, 1940 in Mammoth Spring, a son of Harold and June Smith Johnson.  He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church. He was an employee of Crompton Mills Inc. in Morrilton, AR for 16 years, after which he returned home to Mammoth Spring where he worked at Hilton Farm Supply, the Beverage Shoppe and Ray-Noble Liquor Store until he fully retired in 2018. After retirement, he enjoyed selling furniture and antiques in a shop in downtown Mammoth that he opened with his late wife, Pam. 

Joe is survived by his two sons, Tim Johnson and Tony (Tina) Johnson, both of Center Ridge, AR; one step-daughter, Tosha Owens-Clark of Gulfport, MS; three sisters, Pat Hilton of Thayer, MO, Shirley Garner and Sherrie Keylon both of Mammoth Spring;  eight grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Rehm, Josh Johnson, Brianna (Andy) Beck, Ryan (Kelsey) Johnson, Alexa (Dwayne) Medlock, Joey (Jessica) Patten, Robert (Brittney) Patten, and Garrett Charlton;  11 great-grandchildren;  numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; and friends that were like family.

Along with his parents, Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Sherrell Johnson; one sister, Peggy A. Edwards; one brother, Jack Johnson; one nephew, Kelly Keylon; one daughter-in-law, Donna Johnson; and brothers-in-law, Joe M. Hilton and David P. Garner.

He will be missed by his family and all that knew him.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Arkansas Children’s Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family.  You can make a donation in memory of Joe at:  www.archildrens.org.

A private family service will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Brother Charles Morgan officiating.  Joe’s grandsons and nephews will be pallbearers.

Burial will be on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Cindi Poulson
    September 24, 2020 @ 7:04 pm

    Prayers for all the family. Joe was one of the good guys! Always smiling and always a story to tell you. May you Rest in Peace. You will be missed.


  2. Louise Alexander
    September 25, 2020 @ 9:43 am

    Deepest sympathy. Joe was a great man.


  3. Doug & Sandy Heintz
    September 25, 2020 @ 4:31 pm

    With Deepest Sympathy … 🙏


  4. Kaye Collins Huett
    September 25, 2020 @ 9:09 pm

    So sorry to hear about Joe Reese & Jackie! Thoughts & prayers are with the family!


  5. Jamie Mallett
    September 25, 2020 @ 11:05 pm

    Prayers 🙏 for the family. Papa Joe was a great man that I will miss visiting with when I did get the opportunity. Love ya Papa Joe!!


  6. Raynea Busch
    September 26, 2020 @ 7:05 am

    So sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.


  7. Leta D Smoot
    September 26, 2020 @ 7:57 am

    Jim and I loved spending time with Joe and talking old times. Our families have been friends for many years growing up together. The Johnsons are like family to us. Joe was a wonderful person. We will surely miss him.


  8. Tony Kirby
    September 26, 2020 @ 9:09 am

    Praying for the family!! Thinking back when Joe was our baseball coach for the Knights of Columbus little league team 😇


  9. Shana & RayBob Cochran
    September 26, 2020 @ 10:59 am

    Deepest condolences for your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with Joe. Good man.


  10. Shana & RayBob Cochran
    September 26, 2020 @ 11:01 am

    Deepest condolences for the loss of your brother Jack.


  11. Dean Williams
    September 26, 2020 @ 11:19 am

    Knew Joe for many, many year. Wonderful guy, always a smile to lift you up when you talked to him. Joe was at our house, in Thayer, when he was young guy. His parents had to be proud of him as his warm personality just came through. Pat, Shirley and Sherrie and rest of family so sorry for his passing. With deepest Sympathy.


  12. Kathy Beaty
    September 26, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

    OMG, words can’t not even begin to say what is in my heart.
    Bless you all.
    Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers for comfort.
    May Joe rest in peace in Heaven with his brother Jack and the rest of his family.
    What a family reunion.
    Kathy(Bray) Beaty


  13. Deb Pettit
    September 27, 2020 @ 6:49 pm

    I only met Joe a few times, but worked with Pam for years. My thoughts to the family.


  14. David Hillis
    September 27, 2020 @ 10:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great man that always treated me better than I deserved.I wish there were better words to help the family through all the loss y’all are experiencing.


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