Death of Billy Johnson (Includes Obituary)
June 24, 2021

Article by Darin Lee

It is with a heavy heart that we received the word from Billy Johnson's daughter, Patrice Wallace that her Dad Billy passed away on June 22nd.

Billy ran his dogs under the kennel name Indian Creek Beagles.  He was a member of Indian Creek Beagle Club and Cullman, AL Beagle Clubs.  He was past president of the Southern federation and supported the Southern for years til it ended.  His wife Lillie was always by his side in his active years til their health didn't allow them anymore.  The last times we saw Billy was at the Memphis and Cullman license trials.  He would beat brush, marshal, do all he could to support beagling when his health was good.  He has shown us alot of courage and strength.

Billy was a good husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend.  We thank Billy for all he gave to our sport and are so grateful for his dedication, devotion, courage and strength he displayed through the years.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and may God grant them all they need to get through this difficult time.  May you rest in peace our dear friend and we'll see you on the other side.  You will forever be in our hearts and live on through the many cherished memories we have.  We know you will continue to watch over us and give our friends a big hug. You're once again joined with the love of your life and can do whatever you want again.

Thanks for your Meaningful Life

A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect... It is about being real, being humble, being strong and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.

Billy Johnson

December 29, 1931 - June 22, 2021

Robert William “Billy” Johnson, 89, of Iuka, Mississippi, died Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at his residence. 

Billy was a member of the Iuka Gospel Chapel and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from TVA where he worked as a shift engineer at Colbert Steam Plant. He was known for breeding and raising award-winning competitive beagles and was inducted into the Brace Beagle Hall of Fame. He enjoyed spending time with his family. 

He is survived by one son, Robert Johnson (Sherry) of Iuka; one daughter, Patrice Wallace (Gary) of Canton; two grandchildren, Cliff Johnson (Jessica) and Crystal Crowe (Philip); and five great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Crowe, Lucas Crowe, Jaxon Johnson, Adi Reese Johnson, and Rylee Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Ruth Ramsey Johnson; his parents, James M. and Bertha Busby Johnson; a grandchild, Parris Michelle Wallace; three brothers, Ray Johnson, J. M. Johnson, and Haze Johnson; and two sisters, Sybil Roland and Minnie Mae Fisher. 

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, MS is entrusted with arrangements. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 25, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Campground Cemetery. Pallbearers include Cliff Johnson, Philip Crowe, Robert Johnson, Gary Wallace, Danny Reynolds, and Cliff Reynolds. 

Visitation is scheduled for 9:00 until 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 25, at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. 

Memorials may be made to Campground Cemetery Fund, c/o Barney Hudson, 1609 N. Pearl St., Iuka, MS 38852, or by calling (662) 423-6715. An online guestbook can be accessed at

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Robert William “Billy” Johnson, 89, of Iuka, Mississippi.

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