Johnson

by Glenn Johnson

Asbury and America Emeline Stone Johnson arrived in Marion County in 1874 from Tremont, Mississippi, and Hamilton, Alabama. They farmed the first year with and for Mr. George D. Burch, who had homesteaded the land south of the town of Flippin. The following year they bought the land southeast of the town where they remained until their death. They were good farmers with many of the old family traditions of living from the land and using the old ways of treating the illnesses with herbs and knowing how many sticks of wood was needed to heat the house through the winter or cook the food for the year. Their home soon became a gathering place for Sunday dinners and everyone was always welcome in their home.

They were the parents of four children: Levi, Eugene, Nellie and Louvera. Eugene was a farmer and school teacher, besides serving as a Justice of the Peace for many years, as well as Road Overseer. He was married to Minnie Bell Huddleston and their children were: Clemma, who married J. E. McCracken and they had one son, L. D., who is now with McDonald-Douglas Company in Huntington Beach, California; Glenn, who married Bernice Adams, a teacher. Glenn became Postmaster of Flippin in 1941 and served until his retirement in 1972. He was also one of the founders of the new Citizens Bank of Flippin and is now Chairman of the Board. Glenn and Bernice have two children: Hal and Juanita (Nlrs. L. G. McCracken).

Raymond Johnson entered the U. S. Navy as an enlisted volunteer while in high school and was retired after 27 years of service as a Lieutenant Commander and settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He married Maude Berry of Flippin and they have a son, Eugene Dink who lives in Dallas, Texas, and a daughter, Zena Ray, who lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is married to Charles Parrette and they have four children.

Clyde Johnson married Katherine Osborn of Flippin. He worked for the Missouri-Pacific railroad company and died as a result of an accident while working as a brakeman in the switch yards in Springfield, Missouri. They have one son, Billy Clyde, who is living in Jefferson City, Missouri, and working for the Missouri Health Department.

Levi, son of Asbury and America Emaline Johnson, married Eva Pangle and they lived on the farm east of Flippin adjoining his father's place. They had three children: (1) Reba, who married Allen Patrick, son of H. H. Patrick. They had six children. (2) A. G. who married Bonnie Jean Parnell, daughter of Clete and Stella Cornell Parnell. They had a daughter; and (3) Jack, who married Mable Wooten, daughter of Thomas and Mae Hurst Wooten. They have four children.

Nellie Johnson married Raleigh Matthews, who was a minister and schoolteacher. They moved to Kansas City, Kansas; Louvera, who married Charlie Brown, and both are deceased and left no children.


Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.