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Mr. Ova Johnson, 81, passed away on Monday, June 14.
Ova was born on October 19, 1939, in Sand Gap, Kentucky to Millard & Grethel Lakes Johnson. He was a 1959 graduate of Whitewater High School. He married the former Marilyn Sue Schneider on November 29, 1959. They were blessed with 61 years and two sons.
Ova retired from Ova’s Hairum after 46 years of service as a barber. He was a faithful member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Richmond. He enjoyed square dancing with the Hoosier Corner Square Dance Club when better health permitted. He traveled to all 50 states and enjoyed spending winters in Florida.
Ova will be missed by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn; sons, Jeffrey David Johnson & wife, Juvon and Scott Jesse Johnson & wife, Christy; 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and nieces & nephews.
Ova was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Corena Gomez and Ruby Strong; and brothers, Jesse Johnson, Otis Johnson and Jerry Johnson.
Visitation for Ova will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 18 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Bethel Christian Church, c/o Bill Taylor, 10618 Elliott Road, Fountain City, IN 47341.
So long, old friend. God bless.
Jim Johnson Jun 24 2021 12:00 AM
Great memories with Ova at 8am every other Saturday getting my hair cut since I was a baby. Once I turned 16 was able to drive myself there in the afternoon but my father was still there at 8am. Ova built a huge family at the shop and will be missed dearly. Photo attached, I was 13 months old. Ova had that little horse seat at the shop until I moved away. Great memories.
Lance Hammontree Jun 16 2021 12:00 AM
Marilyn so sorry Ova passed i will say a prayer for you . I know your sorrow.
virginia B keesling Jun 16 2021 12:00 AM
Marilyn, Jeff, and Scott,
I am so very sorry to learn of Ova's passing. I remember him coming to our PV ballgames and cheering our team on. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort.
Christy Bullock Williams Jun 16 2021 12:00 AM
Marilyn i am very sorry to hear about your loss. Ova was such a great guy and a great teacher. I remember him teaching me how to do a "real flat top" not the school flat top lol he made me sat down on the stool and watch him closely. Then he would tell me in detail how to cut it his clients were always great too.. At lunch he love his microwave corn on the cob! Such a nice guy. I loved working at Ova's you both was such a great couple to work for. He will be missed. I will say a prayer for you that you know he is safe and well till you meet again. My condolences Ruby Swafford Delucio
Ruby swafford Delucio Jun 16 2021 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Ova Johnson
Joe Hilbert Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry about Ova. He had a good life cutting hair, fishing, and attending ballgames. I hope he didn't suffer too much !
William J Cox Jr Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM
Marilyn and family my thoughts and prayers for you at this difficult time.Always enjoyed talking with you and Ova!
Melissa Hubbell-Wolf Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM
Very sorry! A lot of good memories.
Marilyn White McClain
Marilyn L McClain Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM
Marilyn, Jeff and Scott, I am so sorry to hear about Ova's passing. He was a true man of the people. It was always a great experience to be in the chair.
He cut my hair, my son's (Nick) as well as my father-in-law's (Fred Higgins) at Avco. Fred had the highest regard for him. Even when we moved to Kentucky, we would time a trip to Richmond to have our hair cut by him. I hope he did not suffer, he didn't deserve that. Prayers to all. Life well lived, Ova.
Dennis Musial Jun 15 2021 12:00 AM