Johnny Lee French, 62, of Conway, is now an angel watching over us all, who received his wings on Jan. 28, 2013.
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He was born Jan. 10, 1951, in Conway, to the late Lee Wiley French and Helen Louise (Murphy) White.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Jean Fason and Patricia Kessinger.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway. He loved working in his shop (John's Place) building blue bird houses, toy boxes, etc.; he enjoyed fishing spending time on Lakes Overcup and Conway. In recent years, he was privileged to spend time with his family, watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. He was amidst of every birthday party ever thrown in the living room of his house. Johnny was retired from UCA and Sico most recently. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps; and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Survivors are his wife, Helen (Carter) French; his daughter, Lisa Marie and Freddie Herring; grandchildren, Nikki Shae and Josh Bland of Conway, Mariah Leigh and Adam Dold, Crystal, Freddie and Zachary Herring; great-grandchildren, Gabriella Rose Bland (GG), Michael Paul Mitchell Herring, Grayson Lee Dold, all of Conway; sisters, Evelyn Pratt of Conway, Mary Catherine Catt of Wisconsin; his brother, Bill Eugene French of Little Rock; and a number of nephews and nieces, and all of the children his daughter had drug home over the years and countless friends.
In his daughter's eyes, Johnny was her personal Marine, her protector. "Hoo-Rah!," she says. Semper Fi, "I love you, DADDY!"
Johnny and Helen would have been married 45 years this August. "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Past, present, and future, 'All These Things' by the Uniques; that was our song that was our life."
We would like to thank all of his friends and family who shared both his happiness and his pain over the years. He fought a courageous battle in life, and now he rests with God in Heaven. He was a hero.
At his request, the family is not holding a formal service; however, they would like for all of their friends and relatives to drop by and share memories of Johnny during this time.
Please share your memories and condolences for Johnny at his online guestbook: www.griffinleggettconway.com.
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, 2013