Johnny R. Waters

Monday, March 23, 2020

Johnny R. Waters, 69, of Marshall, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at his home.

Due to the current CDC guidelines for public gatherings, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to family choice, and an online guestbook is available at

Born Nov. 22, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of the late Cortez E. Waters and Martha Wykoff Perrin, who survives of Slater. Johnny lived in Saline County most of his life and was married to Brenda Jean “B.J.” Arndt, who preceded him in death. Johnny was a shop foreman at Swift Carriers and was well known throughout the region for his horseshoeing business.

He is survived by three children, J.L. Waters (Sasha Sullivan) of Marshall, Stephanie Newman (Rob) of Slater and Johnna O’Bryan (Wayne) of Marshall; nine grandchildren, Brock, Karla, Chasity, Charlie, Christopher, Allison, Amanda, Jaya and Atlas; several great-grandchildren; five siblings, Shirley Howard of Tampa Bay, Fla., Debbra Dobbins of Slater, Roy Perrin of Springfield, Cortez “Corkey” Waters III of Missouri and Holly Speichert of Atlanta, Ga.; as well as other extended family.

In addition to his father and wife, Johnny was preceded in death by one sister, Nina Costello.