Johnny Gatewood

December 7, 1958 ~ August 9, 2021 (age 62)


Johnny Jr. Gatewood, 62, of Summers, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 9, 2021, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Johnny was born on December 7, 1958, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He was a son of John Nelson Gatewood and Francis Juanita Barnes Gatewood.  He married Glenda Cheryl Ann Counts on September 27, 1997, in Gentry, Arkansas. Johhny was a Live Haul Driver for J B Hunt. He enjoyed going to car races, traveling, camping spending time with family at cook outs and talking on the phone. He was a hardworking man who was never late and was a good man with a kind heart.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl of the home: one son, Eric Counts and wife Christine of Watts, Oklahoma; two daughters, Nerissa Johnson and husband Nathan of Watts, Oklahoma, and Krystal Perez and husband Jose of Cane Hill, Arkansas; one brother, Norman Gatewood of Colcord, Oklahoma; two sisters, Alice Farmer and husband Darrell of Summers, Arkansas, and Opal Payne of Colcord, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, along with many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Gatewood.

Visitation will be held at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home on Friday, August 13, 2021, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Funeral services will be held at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Chapel on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 2:00pm. Burial will be held at the Johnson Cemetery in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. Arrangements are entrusted to the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs. To sign the online guestbook please go to


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August 13, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Backstrom - Pyeatte Chapel SS
1401 E. Main St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Funeral Service
August 14, 2021

2:00 PM
Backstrom - Pyeatte Chapel SS
1401 E. Main St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

August 14, 2021

3:00 PM
Johnson Cemetery
7727 Cedar Dr
Colcord, OK 74338

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