Arley Eugene Johnson, son of Marion Columbus Johnson and Dovie Lee Leaser, was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Asher. He went to be with his Lord at the young age of 87 on Aug. 27, 2017.

Arley Eugene Johnson, son of Marion Columbus Johnson and Dovie Lee Leaser, was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Asher. He went to be with his Lord at the young age of 87 on Aug. 27, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years and the mother of his children, Mable Adair Saunders/Johnson; father Marion Johnson; mother Dovie Leaser/Johnson; grandparents on both the Johnson and Leaser side of the family; brothers, Leroy, Henry, Marion (Stump), the twins Bill and Bob; his sisters Dorothy and Grace; great-grandson Tyler Wood along with several step-parents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, other family members and many friends.

He has been survived by his wife Connie Pruitt/Johnson; daughter Jean Ann Sanders, daughter Susan Heater Johnson; step daughters Colleen Cox and husband Frank, Rhonda Molesworth; six grandchildren Billy Jack Sanders and wife Charity, Patience Ann Crabb and husband Ryan, Rebecca Ann Kozoki, Mikki Allen Hargus and girlfriend Charlotte, Rikki August Belshe and girlfriend Jessica, Ashley Patrice Bundy and husband David; three step grandchildren Brandon, Elliot Shorter and Parker Molesworth; 14 great-grandchildren Dylan Wood, Dylan Sanders, Dustin and Dreagan Crabb, Alanna and Jacob Kozoki, Xander Heatley, Dimitry and Kye Belshe, Jaydon, Lexy, Jordan, Daisey and Wyatte Roller; other extended family members and many friends.

If you had the pleasure of ever meeting Arley (Gene) you would have never forgot him. He was a man of poems, songs, stories, jokes and riddles. He provided for his family in every way. No one had a need unmet if he knew about it. He was ready with a helping hand and words of wisdom to all that asked. He traveled the world while serving his country from 1949 to 1974 and lived a full and complete life. His life here on this earth may have been considered long but to his family and friends, it was not long enough. He will be missed.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, at Resthaven Memorial Park.