Obituary: Joe Francis Johnson, MAY 4, 1938 — AUG. 10, 2020

Joe Francis Johnson
Posted: Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 pm Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 2:39 pm

Joe Francis Johnson, 82, of Hannibal, left this earth at 3:48 p.m. August 10, 2020, at Luther Manor Nursing Home in Hannibal surrounded by family. 

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Eric Carlson will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Joe was born May 4, 1938, in Rensselaer Mo. to Arvil Otto Johnson and Ruby Kelly Johnson.

He was married on July 29, 1960, in Hannibal to Beverly Ann Yarbrough. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Steve Jones (Georgia), Kathy Beswick (Jimmie), Bryan Johnson (Amy) and Kerry Reeves (Jamie). 

Joe also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren who loved him and cherished their time with him. Being one of 13 children he leaves behind several brothers as well, W. E. (Ellis) Johnson, Walter Johnson, James Johnson, Dwayne Johnson and Roger Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings; Stanley Johnson, Elizabeth (Sis) Quilling, Esther (Faye) Begley, Harold Leo (Buck) Johnson, Anna (Fern) Langley, Jackie Johnson and Bobby Johnson, as well as his daughter, Kimberly Ann Black.

Joe had many jobs he enjoyed in his life, he worked at the rubber plant, he then became a mechanic at Zieger’s ’66 station. He retired from Mark Twain Beverage as a delivery/sales rep after celebrating 25 years with them. 

Joe’s life was filled with music, sports and most especially family. When Joe would get home from working an overnight shift he would pick up his Gibson guitar as his wife cooked breakfast for the family and he would serenade her with songs like Peggy Sue. 

The Johnson family reunions were a time he loved, filled with music and sometimes you could catch him grabbing one of the girls and enjoying a dance. He loved to put on Fourth of July fish fries and have family scattered throughout the yard and house. 

His love of sports of all kinds started in childhood. He was the little guy at the ballpark who owned the only ball bat when the kids would meet to play at the park. He conned the big kids by telling them they couldn’t use his bat unless he got to bat first.

The family spent many summer evenings at the ball park and many winter evenings were spent at the bowling alley. He was the first inductee of the Hannibal Bowler’s Hall of Fame in 1997, he was also inducted into the Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1998 and the night of the great storm of 2013 found Joe and his family in Quincy as he was inducted into the Quincy USBC Bowling Hall of Fame. 

He also loved time spent on the golf course with family and friends and time spent watching his favorite televised sport, Mizzou Tiger basketball.

Joe will always be remembered as a kind and patient man with a big smile, who never knew a stranger.

Joe attended the First Church of the Nazarene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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