Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Billy Ray Johnson

Born: 8/21/1935

Died: 12/12/2007

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

The Rev. Billy Ray Johnson, 72, of Van Buren, Arkansas, passed away December 12, 2007, in Fort Smith. He was born August 21, 1935, in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, the son of James and Hazel Johnson.

He was a retired Freewill Baptist minister, a member of River View Fellowship, a reserve deputy for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, former chaplain for Van Buren Police Department and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and was a former pastor in Idaho, California, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Bentrena; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Tim Wood of San Jose, California; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Sally Johnson of Van Buren; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Frank Vowell of Van Buren; two grandchildren, Alison Wood and Brian Wood and wife Katie of San Jose.