Walter Evan Johnson
WALTER EVAN (JOHNNY) JOHNSON was born Sept. 9, 1917, in Haskell, Tex., to Ava (Hooten) and Walter Richmond Johnson. Upon Johnny's retirement from Luper Transportation in Wichita, Kan. in 1972, he and his wife, Juanita LaVera (Day) became permanent residents of Beaver, Ark.
Johnny died on Thursday, May 8, 2003, in Raleigh, N.C., at the family home of the older of two sons, W. Evan Jr., and his wife Marian Jeanne (Stout). Younger son, Richard B. Sumner, of Washington, was also present. Johnny and Juanita were married at Medford, Okla., in October 1942. Juanita preceeded Johnny in death on Jan. 8, 2003.
Survivors include four grandchildren: Stephanie Moore, Jennifer Johnson, Evan Johnson III, Meredith Johnson; and two great-grandchildren: Samantha Moore and Hunter Evan Johnson. Sisters Lois Elston, Lucille Welch, kathleen Struck, Rose Green, Murline McClellen and Maxie Welch, and brother Kenneth Bob Hancock also survive Johnny.
He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army's 4266th Quartermaster Truck Company in Europe during WW II. Active duty was from October 1940 until September 1945. He retained life membership in North Star Lodge #168, Wichita, Kan., and M.W. Grand Lodge of A.F.&A.M. of Kansas. While working, Johnny held membership in the Brotherhood of teamsters Local 795.
Johnny, Juanita and their two sons began visiting the Beaver area in 1956. They purchased a small parcel of land on which they built a cabin during weekend trips and vacations. It eventually became their home. Johnny was for many years active in Beaver community activities. He will be buried in Beaver Cemetery.
There will be a gathering to celebrate the lives of Johnny and Juanita on Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department community building. The family requests memorials be given to the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Beaver, AR 72613, or Duke Community Hospice Services, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704-2175.