Charles Davis Johnson
Published: January 3, 2013
CHARLES DAVIS JOHNSON, born August 20, 1953 in Monticello, Ark., the only son of Virginia Davis Johnson and the late Charles Eager Johnson, died December 31, 2012 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He graduated in 1975 from Hendrix College where he was on the track team. Charles graduated from the U of A at Fayetteville and was a member of the legal staff of the Arkansas Highway Department.
He is survived by his wife, Gay Bray Johnson; his mother, Virginia D. Johnson; sisters, Virginia Claire Harrison (George), Patricia Rhodes (Marty), Jane Brown (Fred), Elizabeth Dombeck, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Through many years of living with a debilitating disease, Charles was strengthened by his amazing coping skills and never thought about things he couldn't do. Charles would not want to be remembered as someone who lived with Parkinson's Disease for 28 years. He would want to be remembered as a loving husband, son, brother and uncle. When faced with death, he discovered what was most important in life.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. officiated by Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder and followed by a reception at the church. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Ark. Donations may be made to: CARE (Central Arkansas Rescue Effort) or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.