Born: San Luis Obispo, CA on 27 July 1950

Passed away: Clinton, OK on 13 July 2020

Aged: 69 years

Service Details

We love our family & friends and want to keep them safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when we can all safely congregate. To celebrate Roland’s life at this time, please join us on this memorial page to share your memories, photos, and blessings.

Funeral Company

Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Ok

The Story

Roland Rowland Johns (fondly known as Pete by his family, or Waldo by his sister, Ethel) was born July 27, 1950 to Robert William and Mildred Fay (Davis) Johns in San Luis Obispo, CA. He was born and raised in Arroyo Grande, CA living on the Mesa with the Johns crew including his Grandpa Bill & Granny Hazel, four siblings - Ethel, Annie, Ray & Jack, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He attended Arroyo Grande Public School. Roland was united in marriage to Patricia Cavender in Grover City, California and to this union was born three children, Roxanne, Rhonda, and Richard. They moved to Hinton, OK in July, 1977. He worked as an automotive mechanic for England Ford, and later co-owned and operated R&R Johns Welding and Auto with his dad for many years. Roland had a love and passion for automobiles. You could always find him repairing vehicles, tinkering with motorcycles or building new bikes & go-carts for his family and friends. With a kind and compassionate heart, he often would repair vehicles for little or no cost, or a friendly barter.

Roland was gifted with music and had a propensity for playing guitar, piano and drums. Most evenings after work he would play for his children or held jam sessions with his dad. While he played everything from Country to Rock, he held Gospel music closest to his heart. He was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church where he was a part of the church band, and later was a member of the Wells Fargo Express band where he played lead guitar and bass. He passed this love of music on to his children and grandchildren leaving them with the fondest memories and a song in their heart. He had a God-loving soul and a gypsy spirit. Always the story-teller and jokester, he loved being around his family and spending time with his close cousins or “cuz”. He was happiest outdoors working on cars, hunting and fishing. He is remembered for his humility, generosity and loving nature. He will be dearly missed as God gave us a precious gift when he gave his Roland. “So, Go rest high on that mountain. Son, your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a shoutin, love for the Father and the Son”

Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mildred Johns, brother, Jack Johns, and two sisters, Anne Pebworth and Ethel Cooper, Uncle Raymond, and nephews Michael Pebworth & Tyler Johns.

He is survived by his three children, Roxanne, Rhonda & Mark, Richard & Anna; grandchildren, Hayden & Nikki, Desirae & Ben, Haylee & Robert, Cole, Peyton, Autumn, and R.J.; four great grandchildren - Dayln, Eli, Jack, and baby Roland due in August; brother, Ray Johns; Uncle Russell & Aunt Dee, Uncle Ralph; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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Roland singing Family Bible to his family back home in California circa 1977/1978

Rhonda Johns-Prater dedicated a song.