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“Paulette, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Terri ”
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“Ronnie and Paulette, May God comfort you and your family during this most difficult time. ”
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“PAULETTE, BILL AND I WERE SO SORRY TO LEARN OF YOUR FATHERS PASSING. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: PATTY AUSTIN - RUSSELLVILLE, AR

“One of the things I hate about working in Little Rock is that I often miss visitations – Cotton was a very special person, and the entire family...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Bobby Downum - Russellville, AR

“So sorry to hear about Cotton. He was one in a million. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jeff Duvall Family - Friend

“I just loved Bro. Cotton! I can just see him sitting on that front pew and asking me to sing "Amazing Grace" for him. He would keep time with that...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Becki Helton Branum

“What a wonderful man Cotton was, a man that was loved dearly by everyone who knew him. I miss seeing him sitting in that pew across the church from...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Wayne & Joann Cole - Hector, AR

“You are all in my thoughts and prayers! ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Anna Daily - Russellville, AR

“Thinking about you all and sending my prayers to you as you go through this difficult time. ”
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“Paulette, I will remember your family in thoughts & prayers. ”
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James B. "Cotton" Johnston, age 91, of Oak Grove, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville. He was born May 9, 1921, at Oak Grove, Arkansas near Atkins to Hester Leander and LuSindia Ennis Johnston. He was a member of the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, a United States Navy veteran of WWII, a member of the International Operating Engineers, was a Mason and was formerly the Road Foreman for the Pope County Road Department.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Syble Virden Johnston, and a brother, Hoyt Johnston.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Danny L. and Julia F. Johnston of Russellville and Ronny D. and Brenda G. Johnston of Atkins; a daughter, Paulette Johnston of Russellville; a brother, Geno Johnston of Oak Grove; three grandchildren, Danthoni Johnston Reed and her husband, Scotty, LaMonica Johnston, and Chad Johnston and his wife, Kari; two great-grandchildren, Landon Reed and Laken Reed; and an adopted daughter, Dianne Leyes.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. J. C. Kinder officiating. Private burial will be in St. Joe Cemetery near Atkins under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.
Active pallbearers will be Dianne Leyes, Chad Johnston, Scotty Reed, Jennings Loveless, David Duvall and Kenneth Warren.
The family will receive friends 5 to 6:30 Monday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Post Office Box 324, Atkins, AR 72823.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the love and care given to Cotton by the staff of Stella Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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