Jonesboro residents said goodbye to their long-time Police Chief and former Sheriff Thursday. Floyd Johnson was 69 years old. He died Monday morning at his Jonesboro home.
Thursday's funeral and burial drew a crowd of nearly 500 people as well as most of Jonesboro's police force. At the service, Johnson was not remembered solely as a lawman, but as a family man. At one point, his minister speciffically mentioned that Johnson's Granddaughter, Brandi, was the "apple of his eye".
That was typical of the sentiments Thursday. Current Craighead County Sheriff Jack McAnn called Johnson "a true friend". The two virtually grew up in law enforcement together.
Reverend Ray Scales said Johnson was "a leader" and someone that every citezen of Jonesboro should be proud of. Like so many, Scales said he was also proud to call Johnson one of his best friends.
Johnson was buried with full Police honors. "Amazing Grace" was played on the bagpipes as Johnson's casket was carried to it's final resting place. The burial was concluded with "Taps" and a 21-gun salute.