“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
II Timothy 4:6-7
On Saturday, May 25, 1940, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the journey of Carl Edward Johnson began. Carl attended Pine Bluff schools as a child, and he was an outstanding star athlete who played quarterback for Merrill High School. He was so good at the game of football, that in the 8th grade he could play with Senior High before his eligibility. After High School, Carl enlisted in the U. S. Army where he held many honors such as Vietnam Campaign, Drill Sargent, Good Conduct, National Defense, Combat Infantry, Rifles Honor, Purple Heart, and many more.
Due to his athletic abilities, he started coaching youth football for many years. He coached a team called the “Tigers” that won many honors and he took pride in the mentorship duty of preparing many great boys with outstanding character and star athletes along the way.
He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There he served as Lead Usher and later became a Deacon. He went on to pastor a church called First Baptist on Hwy 425 for 10 years. He worked in many different fields in the city of Pine Bluff such as a Bus Driver, Correctional Teacher, Technology, etc.; however, he retired from the Department of Correction after many years of service as a Correctional Officer.
The most kind, giving, noble guy you ever met, and out of all the titles that he held in his lifetime, the most rewarding and fulfilling to him was being called a father and a husband. He leaves his legacy of love with his wife, Earlene Johnson of 29 years, and all his loving children, grandchildren, and other relatives.
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