Robert Charles Johnson

Robert Charles Johnson, 65, died Wedneday, July 22, 2020, in Springdale. He was born April 17, 1955, in Sacramento, California, to Raymond Carter and Hildagarde Desine Miller Johnson. Robert is survived by his loving wife Paula; three daughters, Sarah Martinez and husband Jesus II of Bentonville, Catherine Johnson of Tennessee, and Jeannette Johnson of Springdale; one son, William Johnson and wife Michelle of Bentonville; one grandson, Jesus Martinez III and wife Kimberly of Bentonville; four granddaughters, Kyrie Johnson, Angelica Janisieski and husband Alexander of Siloam Springs, Daniela Martinez of Bentonville, and Letty Johnson; one great-granddaughter, Sterling Janisieski; two brothers, Jerry Johnson and wife Marianne Russo of Sacramento, California, and Roger Johnson and wife Carol of Houston; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his step-mother, Helen Johnson, and one brother, Carter Johnson.

A memorial service will be 2 pm, Saturday, August 8, at Mission Boulevard Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Please wear a mask and social distance. Livestreaming available at mbbc.us . Memorial contributions may be made to Mission Boulevard Baptist Church Media Fund in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The family wishes to share the following testimony which Robert had nearly finished at the time of his death:

 

Testimony

I grew up in Sacramento California.  I had a sense of God’s creation from my Mom and Nature. When I was around eight, I found a King James Bible at my home and started reading it. That is when God’s commandment came to me.   I had a sense of God’s presence and lack of relationship with Him when Dad had health problems

My Dad retired after my sophomore year of high school.  We left California and moved to Kansas for one year.  I was exposed to church going people there.   My family visited a few times here and there.  We visited mostly Methodist or Catholic churches. That is when I became interested in religion.

My parents moved to Arkansas to retire. There seemed to be a church on every corner. My Mom and Dad started back into church going fell in with a Methodist female pastor.  I had other influences from friends and faculty at Mena High School

When it came time to go to college in June of 1973, I went to three days of orientation at the University of Arkansas.   I traveled with a fellow graduate of Mena High School named Curtis Powell.  (He had a car.)  From Mena to Fort Smith we talked about all the usual things young men talk about.  Then, from Fort Smith to Alma the talk got around to spiritual things.  I told Curtis I thought God was like the clock maker who made the universe, wound it up, and let it run by itself.   He said I had a very little God.  That remark hit me very hard.  I felt embarrassed, like I’d said something stupid.  Then he began to tell me about his view of God.

God made everything.  God was righteous and just.  Sin had to be punished.  Jesus was God.  He died on the cross in my place to pay for my sins, so I wouldn’t have to.  That’s how he could forgive my sins.  And He would give me a new heart that wouldn’t sin any more.  Curtis said it was a free gift.  God would give this to me if I wanted Him to.  At that moment an excitement came up in me and I told Curtis I had it made.  He asked me why, in a surprised voice.  I said that if this is true, I’m going to ask for this gift.  If it isn’t, it doesn’t matter anyway.  That was the end of that topic.  Our talk drifted off to other things.

Two days later I was in a dorm room by myself.  My roommate didn’t come.  While lying on the bed getting toward supper time, thinking all kinds of thoughts about being in a strange town, going away to college, what is in the future, etc. etc.  I remembered my conversation with Curtis, and realized I was not alone.  Jesus had come into the room with me.  His presence was so real, I sat up and looked at the door to acknowledge His entrance.  I did not expect to see Him with my eyes but I knew he was there.

The two of us were alone, face to face.  I knew He was there; I knew who He was, and I knew what He wanted.  He knew that I knew and He was waiting for my response.  The unspoken answer “Yes” came gladly from somewhere within my person.  I knew that something was happening, that there was a shift, a change, an event of some kind.  I felt the need to express myself with words.  As I thought of the right thing to say the word “accept” popped into my mind.  I had heard Mom say something about people accepting Him.  So, I said out loud “I accept you.”  Then I waited a little while.  There didn’t seem to be anything else that needed to be said or done, so I lay back down on the bed.  Tears came to my eyes briefly.  They were a sweet releasing kind of tears. The transaction was done.  Complete contentment best describes what I felt.  I lay there for some time just looking at the ceiling and basking in His presence.   Then I noticed the room was getting dark.  It was getting late in the evening and the dining hall would be closing soon.  So, I got up and went to dinner.

I was drawn to the Bible.  I bought a Living Bible and I started reading it.  I changed to The King James Version that summer.

I was drawn to three churches in succession, then to Mission Blvd. Baptist Church. I joined in Sept. of 1976.  At Church Camp the next summer, I recognized God was calling me to a special ministry. I changed my major from engineering to Speech and Dramatic Art.  I started directing plays and working with the puppet ministry.

The fall of 1978, I started working for Guard Tronic as their computer programmer.  While there, I was able to develop the automation of their alarm system.

When our church moved to 2006 Mission Blvd., I helped on the construction of the three buildings, assisting Danny Cavanaugh with the electrical aspects and more.  When the Session House was remodeling, I would go several nights a week working on the electric after work until late at night.

Paula and I were in charge of the preschool at church for several years.

My vision was for media.  God sent Lonnie Horton in the mid 1980’s to start KOFC Christian Radio. I was involved from the beginning and continued when Bro. Brian Disney bought the station from Mr. Horton.  My ministry there was for more than 25 years.  After the Radio Station closed is office, I started working at Air Tech HVAC until my health declined and I could no longer work.

One of my favorite things these past few years was spending time with my daughter Jeannette.  We would hike and ride our bikes.  Over a several week interval of time, we biked the entire Razorback Greenway.  Every year we would watch “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit”.

In the late 90’s I started ministering to the people at Health South Rehab. Hospital. Every Sunday afternoon, I would go and have a short church service there.  I continued this until the Pandemic this past Spring of 2020.

Our church started a presentation of how our choices in life effects our eternal destiny, either heaven or hell called “House of Destiny.” I would help work on the sound effects, lighting and staging of this presentation.

I loved singing in the choir.  For many years, I narrated the yearly Christmas Cantata.

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Lepaine Sharp-McHenry
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Lepaine Sharp-McHenry

Robert was such a kind, compassionate, and considerate person. He listened to you and always had encouraging words to share. He was a man of God who lived out his commitment. He was steadfast, unmoveable and I appreciated this about him. He will be sorely missed at MBBC and beyond. His life was a light in a dark world! I am thankful that the Lord allowed Robert and my life to cross paths! My prayers are with Paula and her family.

Ashley Waits and Family
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Ashley Waits and Family

He was a great Man,that I know.. we’ve only spoke a few times in church!! I didn’t know him that well,but I know he was a great Guy!! God bless him and the family!

Kimberly McCawley
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Kimberly McCawley

Bro Robert was a wonderful father and husband. He loved and served the Lord with all his heart. I will miss him.

Linda Terry
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Linda Terry

Wow! I met Robert, Paula and Sarah 40 years ago. I knew some of this about Robert, but I learned a lot about him by reading this! Praying for his family and rejoicing that Robert is with Jesus and those who have gone on ahead of us!

Jane Rone
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Jane Rone

We will miss you greatly, Bro. Robert. We will see you again in Heaven and will be together throughout all eternity by Jesus’ amazing grace.
Ron & Jane Rone

Jessica Ballinger
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Jessica Ballinger

Brother Robert always had a special place in our church. Sweet man that will be so missed. I am thankful for the kindness and love he always showed to our family.

Carla Rock
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Carla Rock

What a beautiful testimony❤️

Denise Lisle
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Denise Lisle

Good testimony! I remember David and I coming over and playing pictionary! You all were instrumental in bringing David to the Lord and your commitment to Christ is exemplary

Lynn McLarty
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Lynn McLarty

Robert Johnson has been a longtime friend and faithful to his Lord ..his church..his wife ,,children and grandchildren….a very humble soul..yet a genius….always quietly working behind the scenes..Jeanette and Paula were well loved by Robert❤️And I know they really miss him as we all will..He leaves a big spot to be filled❤️Love you Brother Robert❤️

Tammi Lea
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Tammi Lea

I am so glad to read Bro. Robert’s testimony of accepting Christ as his Savior in his own words. He was a very talented person and very caring. I don’t remember ever hearing him say harsh words. His MBBC family will miss him! Our prayers are with you, Mrs. Paula and family.

Eleanor Matthews
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Eleanor Matthews

I remember Bro. Robert as being a loving and gentle soul. He and Paula hosted my family for one of the Discipleship Conferences and we enjoyed our stay. Rest well Bro. Robert..l know Marshall is there and will welcome you gladly. ❤️

Pat Ruff
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Pat Ruff

I have so many great memories of Robert, but especially in the drama ministry at MBBC. What a talented man at so many things. When we were doing a scene poorly, he would show such patience until we got it right. And when we did get it right I remember his joy. His unbridled joy would fill the room. What a loving, joyous man of God; a faithful servant, husband, and father. I am incredibly blessed to have known him.

michael bidwell
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michael bidwell

I will truly miss my Brother Robert.We had some great times on the various men’s trips to Oklahoma and it seems like we always sat next to each other on the Bus laughing and joking the whole trip, and he always joyfully sang with the bass section in the MBBC choir.He has been such an integral part of our church for so many years and will be sorely missed….

Julian Abram
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Julian Abram

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers’ of waters, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Ps. 1:3 Thinking of Brother Robert, I think of this verse. I met Robert in the 1970’s. A quiet spoken, highly intelligent, skinny college student. For the last 40 years we have been privileged and blessed to walk along side this Godly gentle giant. Robert finished the race set before him, always faithful in his service to the Lord. Your work is done here, enter into that… Read more »