William Arnold Johnson

William Arnold Johnson

William Arnold Johnson, 89, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019.  Funeral services were held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Faith Fellowship Church in Matador, Texas.  Interment followed at the Flomot Memorial Park Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral of Quitaque.

Arnold was born May 6, 1930 at Flomot, Texas to Ford and Irene True Johnson. In the early morning hours of May 9, 2019, he changed his address from Flomot to Heaven.

Arnold married Carolyn May Johnson on September 1, 1961. They celebrated a loving marriage of over 53 years before she entered Heaven on August 17, 2015. 

He will best be remembered for his deep rooted love of family, faith, his country and the Floyd county soil to which he gave meticulous attention.

Arnold served in the US Army in Korea. He was a hard-working, dedicated employee of Floydada Livestock Sales for over thirty years and was a member of Faith Fellowship Church in Matador.  Loving the land to which he was born, he chose to never leave.  Instead, he gave his heart and soul to farming and ranching, cultivating the land around him as well as the relationships of family, friends and neighbors.  He easily earned the respect and adoration of a host of people, from the very young to the seasoned group of his peers.  From the waitress in the restaurant, the medical staff who graciously provided care….to the young ones who helped decorate his walls with hand written notes and drawings, he will be remembered for his gentle spirit, quiet voice and huge heart that often masked his quick wit and ornery personality.  Pap (as he was fondly known to many) never passed up an opportunity to aggravate the closest of friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, his parents, one sister (Iva Mae Merrell) and two nephews (Robert Johnson and David Scott).

He is survived by two daughters: Lucretia Dockery of Wichita Falls, TX and Kayla Guest (Neil) of Turkey, TX; a granddaughter, Brittany Dockery of Plainview, TX; one brother, Rex Johnson (Cora Gail) of Silverton, TX; two sisters, Mary Scott of Amarillo, TX and Gail Hampton of Paris, TX; and his four-legged farm companion, Tiger Lily.

In keeping with Arnold’s great desire to bless others with an education as a way to continue to honor his late wife, memorials may be given to the Carolyn Johnson Memorial Scholarship c/o First National Bank, Box 540, Quitaque, Texas 79255.

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