Johnnie Faye (Byrd) Epperson
November 22, 1935 – August 24, 2019
Johnnie Faye Byrd Epperson, 83, passed peacefully on August 24, 2019 surrounded by her family. Johnnie was born November 22, 1935 in Morrilton, Arkansas to Wilmer and Marring Byrd. She was a loving little sister to her hero big brother, W.O Byrd. She was raised in Morrilton Ar. and a 1953 graduate of Morrilton High. Johnnie then followed her heart around the south, landing in Little Rock in 1971. Her 3 children are David Epperson, Donna (Bryan) Cranford and Denise White. She was a grandmother to Brad (Delmy) Fausett, Allison (Kent) Summers , Cheryl (James) Brassfield, Mathew and Jacob Epperson, the late Lucas Epperson, Madison (Jay) Baker and Owen White. Also a great grandmother to Josie, Henry and Scarlett Summers. As well as Nathalie Zayas, Ethan Bendeck and Mason Fausett. She was also a cousin, aunt, great aunt and even great great aunt to several! She kept her distant family as close to her heart as her immediate. Johnnie loved working her 37 years at McKay and Company. Her wit, humor and sass were enjoyed by everyone there creating friendships that she carried on long after retirement. Everyone that knew her, knew that she was a country music fanatic. Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris are just a couple of favorites. She loved trips to Nashville with her brother and his family, Branson with her girlfriends, and the Buffalo river with her family. More than anything, Johnnie enjoyed a nice evening, a great playlist, with a patio for dancing. She loved to jitterbug and added her own priss to every move. Johnnie was a member of Highland Valley United Methodist Church in Little Rock. She had a close relationship with her Lord and had no problem trusting him to take her whenever he was ready.
Johnnie’s life will be celebrated at Pinecrest Funeral Home on Friday August 30th, 2019. Visitation will begin at 12:00, Funeral Services at 2:00 and burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Conway County Center For Exceptional Children 109 Strait Street Morrilton AR 72110
- Mat Epperson, Active Pallbearer
- Brad Fausett, Active Pallbearer
- Jay Baker, Active Pallbearer
- Owen White, Active Pallbearer
- Jake Epperson, Active Pallbearer
- Kent Summers, Active Pallbearer
- Steve Cheney, Honorary Pallbearer
- Mark Broyles, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, August 30, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, August 30, 2019
Johnnie Faye (Byrd) Epperson
August 31, 2019
Dearest Donna, Denise, David, and familiies,
I'm so sorry that I wasn't able to come to your mother's funeral yesterday but there wasn't a single one of you that ever left my thoughts. There's nothing I can say that will really help you at this time other than for you to know that my love and thoughts are with each of you. I posted the following on fb on Aug 5th and I hope it helps in even the smallest of ways to ease a tiny bit of the loss you're feeling at this time. Please know each of you continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. You have my love and my most sincere sympathy.
This reminds me of my dad and every person I have loved and lost in my life. I try not to cry as I read it, but I always do. Whether it be for the loss of them or happiness because I know where they are, I cant stop my tears from coming. I know why I have to cry no matter how long they've been gone. It's because the amount of time that's passed will never lessen my love for them or how much I miss them. Just as the ending reads, I carry them in my heart and will until I see them again. I'm thankful I still cry for them. It lets me know not only that my love hasn't lessened for them but that they may not be here physically but their memories remain alive in me. I think GOD made sure we would keep these for as long as we desperately need them. I'm so grateful for these memories I keep within me and that just one thought brings these gifts from GOD rushing back to me again and again. They never fail to be there when I'm in need of one. GOD is good to us and he never fails us when we need him. All of these things we take for granted, GOD did for us with the knowledge as to how much we would need these memories to see us through. HE already knew how very much we would miss each of those we love when they leave us here to live on without them. I'll treasure the gift of these memories until I'm the one who is gone and I leave my memories with those who love me.
August 29, 2019
To Johnnie's Family ~~ Way too many wonderful memories to share, but you all know the very close friendship Johnnie, Annetta, and I had. We had such great fun getting together several times a year for a few days (fewer times a year as we have matured!) Johnnie was great fun, loved to sing and dance, and knew all the words to most of the songs. Even though our visits got to be fewer over the years, we stayed in touch.
I am so sorry that I cannot be there Friday. I'm just not up to it. My thoughts, prayers, and love.
August 29, 2019
She was one lovely lady and so much fun to be around. We will miss her sweet face and know she is in the arms of her Lord.