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Benjamin Harrell Johnson, 80, of Crossett, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023. He was born on December 7, 1942, in Memphis, TN, to his parents, Nathan and Aileen Balentine Johnson.
He was a 1961 graduate of Central High School in Helena-West Helena, AR. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 from Ouachita Baptist University. He furthered his education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy where he was the 1968 senior class president.
He started his pharmacy career at various Walgreens locations in Little Rock and Pine Bluff before joining Oak Park Drug in Pine Bluff. In 1982, Ben moved to Crossett where he later purchased Spikes Drug Store. He enjoyed faithfully serving the community until he sold the store in 2005, even continuing to contribute as a relief pharmacist for other local pharmacies for another fifteen years.
With a pharmacy license spanning over fifty years, Ben earned the prestigious Gold Certificate Pharmacy License from the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy. His dedication to his customers was unparalleled, and he was well known for his genuine care and love for those he served.
In addition to his professional achievements, Ben was actively involved in the community. He was a proud member of the Southeast Arkansas District Pharmacy Association, a former Crossett School Board Member, and a contributor to the Crossett Planning Commission. His commitment extended to his faith community, as he was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, where he also served as a lay delegate to the annual Arkansas United Methodist Conference.
Ben was an avid sports enthusiast and close follower of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He held season tickets to the Arkansas Razorback football and baseball games for many years, cheering on the Razorbacks with passion and pride.
Family was at the center of Ben's heart, and he took immense joy in attending his grandchildren's games and events whenever possible. Affectionately known as "Pops" by his grandchildren, he was immensely proud of their accomplishments and cherished every moment spent with them.
Above all, Ben Johnson was a man of steadfast faith. His life reflected the values of love, kindness, and service to others. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the entire community he served with dedication and compassion.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Sallye Rigsby and her husband, Dean Rigsby; and one nephew, Nathan Blatterman.
He leaves behind his wife of fifty-nine years, Kay Hardy Johnson of Crossett; his two sons, David Johnson also of Crossett, and Mark Johnson of Little Rock; and three grandchildren, Olivia, Will, and Ava Johnson of Little Rock; along with one sister, Norma Blatterman (Alan) of Clarksville, TN; and one niece, Sheryl Jones (Mark) and their son, Evan, of Helena, AL.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 29th, at the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St, in Crossett, with Rev. Matt Daniels officiating, followed by interment at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, AR, under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers are Dan Kersey, Mike Webb, Doug Webb, Mike Chisholm, Eddie Cheatham, Brian Holt, Jimmy Woods, and Scott Gulledge.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church.
First United Methodist Church
500 Main Street, Crossett AR 71635