Siegfried Johnson

Siegfried Johnson

September 17, 1917 - April 1, 2020
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Hans Siegfried Johnson, age 102, of Pine Bluff, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Born at Pine Bluff on September 17, 1917, he was a son of the late John Bates Avery Johnson and Hattie Culver Johnson. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1934 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He played clarinet in the LSU Band and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Mr. Johnson joined the United States Army Air Corps and earned his wings in April of 1941, and was trained on the DC-3, and B-18 aircraft.. During World War II, he was stationed in Panama, flying reconnaissance missions over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans looking for enemy submarines that might sabotage the Panama Canal.

After the war, he returned to Jefferson County and engaged in farming with his father. He later joined with his father-in-law in the G. R. McSwine Lumber Company, which operated a saw mill. The mill was later closed, and for a number of years he was a lumber buyer for the Owosso Furniture Company. In the 1950’s, he reestablished the G. R. McSwine Lumber Company as a lumber wholesale business. He operated the business until 2006. Mr. Johnson was president for over 50 years of the Westside Hardwood Club.

Mr. Johnson was very involved in Masonic activities for many years. He was a member of Pine Bluff Masonic Lodge # 69, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a York Rite Mason, and a past-potentate of the Sahara Shrine.

He was the oldest living member of First United Methodist Church, and was a past chairman of the official board.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Nathalie McSwine Johnson on September 20, 2019; two grandchildren, John Bates Avery Johnson IV and McKensie Culver Johnson;
his brothers, Kenneth Culver Johnson and John Bates Avery Johnson, Jr.; and his step-mother, Lula Hargis Johnson.

Survivors include three sons, Ross Culver Johnson of Pine Bluff, Rev. Siegfried Johnson and wife Sherry of Hot Springs Village, and J. B. A. “Johnny” Johnson, III and wife Karen of Dallas; five grandchildren, Page Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Brittany Rupple, John Allen Rupple, and Cameron Johnson; and four great-grandchildren, Christian Taylor, Evy Wagnon, Nathan Wagnon, and Avery Wagnon.

A private family service will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m. in Graceland Cemetery with Rev. Mike Morey officiating. Arrangements are by Ralph Robinson & Son. The service will be webcast live from our website, so that others may attend the service in spirit.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.
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    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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  • Interment

    Graceland Cemetery
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private family service Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m. The service will be live streamed on


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Tony Vernich

Posted at 10:16pm
I knew Sieg and his brother Ken from the York Rite. Sieg was a good man and mason and will be missed. He was at every meeting and extremely proud of his family. He could always be counted of to always help out with the work or crack someone up with a wise crack. They don't make them like Sieg anymore

Claire Campbell

Posted at 09:05am
To all the family,
Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Clyde and Claire Campbell

Donna Farrer

Posted at 09:36pm
Johnny and Ross so
Sorry to hear of your dads passing ! He was a great gentleman!!

Dianne Robinson

Posted at 03:29pm
We would like to share our sincere sympathy with all of the family during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are so sorry that we cannot be at the service due to Covid 19. but I am so thankful it was live-streamed. It was a privilege to have known your dad.

Carlton Taylor

Posted at 02:54pm
To Ross, Sieg and Johnny,
I just watched the webcast live. Pastor Morey's eulogy was very touching. Your Dad may very well also have been the last surviving WWII veteran in Jefferson County. I know you count yourselves blessed to have had him (and your Mother, too) for so long. They were at First Methodist every Sunday that I can remember. Your Mom was even one of my Sunday School Teachers. Not only will your Dad and Mom be missed by the members of First Methodist, but know that the brick and mortar of that building will be a little weaker also.

May GOD bless you always,

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