Obituary – Ross Johnson

Ross Johnson
February 10, 1952 – February 22, 2022

Ross Culver Johnson, age 70, brother of Rev. Siegfried Johnson at Christ of the Hills UMC, passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

He was born February 10, 1952, a son of the late Hans Siegfried Johnson and Nathalie McSwine Johnson.  Ross graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1970 where he was very involved in the band. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University where he was also a band member.

Music was a common thread throughout Ross’ life. He continued active participation in playing the clarinet up until his illness in 2020. Ross played with the Pine Bluff Community Band for many years and Summit Soundz at Summit Baptist Church.

Ross was a member of First United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff his entire life, where he sang in choirs from childhood until his illness. He was also an associate member of St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock where he also shared his talents in the choir.

He was a Past Master of Pine Bluff Masonic Lodge #69, and a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite Bodies.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, John Bates Avery Johnson, IV, and a niece, McKenzie Culver Johnson.

Survivors include two brothers, Siegfried Johnson (Sherry) of Hot Springs Village and Johnny Johnson (Karen) of Dallas, TX; nieces and nephews, Page Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Brittany Rupple, John Allen Rupple, and Cameron Johnson; and great-nieces and –nephews, Christian Taylor, Evy Wagnon, Avery Wagnon, and Nathan Wagnon.

Ross’ funeral service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022, 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Carlton Cross officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Ross’ body will lie in state Friday from noon until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Alexandria, Jessica and Katie, Ross’ “Angels” at Baptist Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

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