James "JJ" Rufus Johnson

February 15, 1941April 18, 2013

James “JJ” R. Johnson, a Hanford resident, passed away on April 18, 2013. He was at home, in the company of his wife, Pamela Madill-Johnson, and his family. He was born on February 15, 1941 in Magnolia, AR to the late Vernon and Bessie Johnson.

JJ proudly served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1972. He was a Certified Public Accountant, maintaining his office in Hanford for many years. Additionally, he was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Hanford and he enjoyed riding a Harley Davidson as much as riding a horse or learning to play golf. His good sense of humor and fair play is legendary and will live on in the memories of his friends and those who loved him.

In addition to his wife, JJ is survived by two children, Jamie Jeannine Rice (and husband Jason) of Medford, NJ and James Russell Johnson (and wife Tammy) of Haughton, LA; four stepsons, Randy Jones (and wife Ivy) of Fullerton, CA, Phillip Jones (and wife Christina) of Hanford, CA, Craig Stiff of Los Angeles, CA, and Jeffrey Stiff (and wife Kristi) of Los Angeles, CA; one sister, Verna Dean Johnson Clark of Magnolia, AR; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society, 1443 West 7th St., Hanford, CA 93230, specifically for research into the cure of pancreatic cancer, or to the Kings SPCA, 8084 E. Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230

A memorial service for JJ will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Saviour, 519 N. Douty St, Hanford, CA.

Arrangements are under the direction of People’s Funeral Chapel,


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 30, 2013

James "JJ" Rufus Johnson

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Sheila Ockey

May 9, 2013

Pam I am so very sorry for your loss. I have known JJ since he was stationed here in the Navy and worked for Wilshire, Wainright, Mathis and Ockey back in the late 60's. I know what you are going through and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Marcel Walker

May 2, 2013

From the time I knew him, he was such a nice guy! Prayers and Strength sent to the family.

Betty Kirkpatrick Wingfield

May 2, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Bub's passing. As a kid, I remember when he would come to Arkansas to visit. I thought he was one of the "coolest" guys, especially when he came on his motorcycle! Jeannine....Rusty... you are in my thoughts and prayers.

May 2, 2013

Bub and I graduated high school together. He was such large part of our lives then and even though thousands of miles separated us, he was still part of us. We take comfort that he found Pam and was able to live his life fully to the end. May The Lord bless you and keep you. Barbara Grimes Lewis

Deana Taylor

May 1, 2013

To Pam - He was Uncle Bub to me and I always loved his sense of humor and his wonderful laugh. Never had the opportunity to spend much time with him over the years but knew that he cared about me and our family. He loved my mom, his only sister Verna, and they had a great relationship. I'm glad that he had you with him at the end and I am sure that he treasured his time with you. We've never met but I hope that we can remedy that someday. May God be with you and all of Uncle Bub's friends and family at this time of loss. At least we all have our favorite memories of him. And he and Nannie and Granddaddy can sit down and have a great visit now.

Mary Boren

May 1, 2013

Pam, I just learned of JJ's passing. I
am so very sorry. I would very much
like to talk with you on my next trip
to Hanford, which will be the week after
Mother's Day.

Paulette Wright

April 30, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Liz and Phil Tomkins

April 30, 2013

In the short time we knew JJ, we came to realize what a gentle, caring man he was. He loved to joke and always was a gentleman. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss and we are glad you are back in Hanford.

Ken Baird

April 29, 2013

Pam, there are never words for losses like this. I an truly sorry. My prayers for you and your family.

Katherine Andes

April 28, 2013

Pam, I'm just learning of your loss. I am so sorry. Please know you will be in my prayers and thoughts.