Johnnie O. Cohen

April 4, 1924November 12, 2021

Johnnie O. Cohen of North Little Rock, AR age 97, passed away on November 12, 2021 at her home. Johnnie was born April 4, 1924 in Rover, AR the daughter of the late Johnnie Watson and Cynthia Harris. She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Johnelle Cohen; 3 grandchildren, Ben Cohen, Grace Veenker, and Melissa Cohen; 2 great grandsons, Steven Veenker and Jonah Veenker and several nieces and nephews. Johnnie retired as Comptroller for Southwestern Bell/AT&T. She was a founding charter member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of the Arkansas Symphony Guild. She was avid volunteer with the Salvation Army, CARTI, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Red Cross, the Arkansas Symphony and the United Methodist Woman's organization among others. She enjoyed camping, boating, water skiing, horseback riding, motorcycling, and canoeing with her family and attended family reunions every year for over 65 years. Johnnie was preceded in death by her husband Jack DeHaven Cohen, her son Gary DeHaven Cohen and all 7 of her siblings.

Please join us in our family home at 4206 Idlewild Friday, November 19, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. to share memories and stories of this great lady. Contributions may be made to The Humane Society or to Arkansas Children's Hospital. View, comment, or post on


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Cynthia Cohen

November 21, 2021

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to leave a message here. I regret that I can’t respond to your kind words and fabulous stories. Hopefully you will see this and know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Cynthia “Coco” Cohen

Cynthia Cohen

November 21, 2021

I can’t believe I didn’t mention how much Mom loved to sing, dance, and especially how much she loved to laugh! He laughter was infectious and making others laugh was inevitable due to her quick wit. The “tag”under her name should have been “She never met a stranger.”

Paul Bowen

November 19, 2021


Melissa and I were saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. How full of life she was! And what a good daughter she had.

I will see you this afternoon.

Gail Perry

November 19, 2021

Cynthia, my sincere condolences,
My Mother (Louise Perry) and I worked with your Mom at Southwestern Bell until they retired. She and my Mom had known each other since the mid 1940’s and worked together then.
My fondest memory of Johnnie was one day the three of us were having lunch together. She and my mother began to reminisce about working downtown during the 40’s and 50’s. The subject came up about the paper boys who walked around selling the afternoon paper, the Arkansas Democrat. Together they stood up and in unison sang out, for the entire SWBT 3rd floor lounge, the way the paper boys did, “Demeoooo creat PAPERRRRR. They sat back down and just laughed and laughed.
I will miss seeing Johnnie in Krogers, we always caught up on the latest news in our families. Johnnie was so proud of all of you. We felt as though we knew your Dad, you, Gary and the grandchildren. She went through life with grace, dignity, beauty and oh what a wonderful personality!

Ronnie Cates

November 18, 2021

Coco, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Johnnie was such a beautiful lady inside and out. We will always cherish the memories we share of you both. Love you always.

Ruth Ratcliff

November 18, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Johnnie's passing. We worked together at SWB and Johnnie always kept things fun. She was a joy to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Ruth Young Ratcliff

miriam jenkins

November 17, 2021

Coco ~ I enjoyed spending time with your sweet mother.....watching out the glass doors for birds we would try to identify; and, the squirrels; three o'clock chicken broth and crackers time; laughing with her; listening to her talk lovingly about you and your strength. So glad I got to know her and you.

Terry Clark

November 17, 2021

The things I remember most about “Miss Johnnie” are that she was always kind to everyone she met and never said a harsh word to anyone. She loved her children fiercely and was proud of their talents and accomplishments.

Coco, the first time I saw her out and really had a conversation with her was at the Villa Marre in 2004. My mom spoke to her first, and they were chatting for a few minutes but it was her necklace that caught my eye. I complimented her on it and her face lit up more brightly than the Christmas lights in the room. She explained that you created it, and had a successful business making jewelry in New Mexico. She probably talked about you and your travels, accomplishments, and artistic talent for a good 15 minutes. Her eyes sparkled and she smiled the whole time. She loved you very much, and the gift you gave her by staying by her side in her final years shows that the feeling was mutual. Those are moments that nobody can take away from you. I know there is an enormous void in your world now, but hopefully the memories can bring you joy and strength in the days and year ahead.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Terry R. Clark

Dorothy Brooks

November 16, 2021

My prayers are with you. Enjoyed lunch-visits and fun times with Johnnie and your aunt Estelle, my neighbor. They will be missed,God bless you and your family,

Mareena Hicks

November 16, 2021

We were outside enjoying the early spring sunshine. Miss Johnnie always knew how to make me smile and this day wasn’t any diff