On June 29 Legal Aid of Arkansas awarded the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award to Mark R. Johnson, attorney at law of Hardy, "in honor of his exceptional work, enthusiastic effort, and donation of his pro bono services to the citizens of the State of Arkansas for the year of 2006." Johnson is also District Court Judge of Sharp County, Horseshoe Bend and Cherokee Village.
Johnson is a member of the Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for the elderly and past pro bono attorney for children in abusive situations. He is vice president of the North Arkansas special Housing which has two facilities located in Ash Flat and Batesville that provide housing for 20 men and women with developmental disabilities. He is president and chairman of the board of Network of Community Options since 1985. Through this organization he has assisted in its growth of initially serving approximately 30 men, women and children with developmental disabilities to serving now over 200. NCO?also operates the Martin Center in Agnos and Wee Care Day Care in Highland. There are over 100 children in these programs of which almost half have some disability. Johnson is also the chairman of the board of Fulton County Community Housing and member of the Sharp County Economic Development Committees.
He is married to Margretta (Guilliams) Johnson and they have two children, Sasha, 21 and Skylar, 17. He is the son of Veta Johnson of Cherokee Village, and Charles Johnson of Ash Flat. He is the grandson of the late Fred Nichols and Ruth Duncan Nichols of Evening Shade and the late Floyd Johnson and Clara Mobley Johnson of Cave City.