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Obituary: Bert Johnson


Bert Johnson, age 62, passed away Wednesday, April 24th, 2024, at his home in Hot Springs. He was born April 18, 1962, in Nashville, Ark., to the late Harlow “Buddy” Johnson, Jr., and Barbara Kay Lightfoot Johnson.

Bert had diverse interests: he loved sports, hunting, cooking, and the outdoors. Whether it was football, waterskiing, golf, fishing, duck hunting, or even building and racing his own car, Bert immersed himself in anything that caught his eye. He loved music and quoted songs to stories and memories.

He was always looking for his next adventure.

Bert was a beloved friend, a devoted son, and a proud father. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Jeff Johnson of Fayetteville, and his mother, Gina Johnson of Arkadelphia, as well as intimate friends Lee and Kelli Doege of Hot Springs.

No funeral services will be held per his request. Instead, memorials may be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org, and to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org. Arrangements made by Smith Family Funeral Home – Arkadelphia/Ruggles-Wilcox Chapel, www.smithfamilycares.com.

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