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Cotton Johnson

Thursday, December 20, 2001

NEW MADRID - Harold Leon "Cotton" Johnson, 77, died Dec. 19, 2001, at his home.

Born Nov. 28, 1924, in New Madrid County, son of the late Mart and Glennie Depro Johnson, he was a farmer in the Kewanee/LaForge area and a former employee of the New Madrid County Sheriff's office. He was a member of the New Madrid American Legion Post No. 595 and the Church of the Bretheren in Farrenburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.

On Aug, 13, 1945, he married Edith Farrenburg who preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1995.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Judy Johnson; three brothers, Solon Johnson, Bill Johnson and Carl Johnson; and one sister, Dorothy Clark.

Survivors include: two daughters, Janice Morton of Matthews and Sherry Stokes of New Madrid; one brother, Norvel Johnson of Swartzcreek, Mich.; three sisters, Justine Norris of Bryan, Tenn., Louise Cummings of Baxter, Tenn., and Joanna Gray of Flint, Mich.; five grandchildren, Tonja Bewley of Matthews, Tina Cline of Sparta, Tracy Morton stationed with the U.S. Navy at Hanogate, England, and Tara Neal and Skyler Neal of New Madrid; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Friday at Richards Funeral Home where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Tom McCanless, pastor of the Kewanee Missionary Baptist Church, officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. Cindy Sanders, pastor of the Church of the Bretheren.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Madrid.

Military services will be conducted by the New Madrid American Legion Post No. 595.

Pallbearers will be: Larry Farrenburg, Danny Farrenburg, Wayne Farrenburg, Lee Kenedy, Gary Kenedy and Herschel Hardgrave.