County Judge Jim Baker declared Sept. 30, 2016, to be Bill Johnson Day in Faulkner County.

"Bill Johnson was a part of the foundation of Conway and [the University of Central Arkansas] as well as Faulkner County for the past 40 years and I think he’s worthy of showing that recognition," Baker said.

Johnson began his "distinguished career" serving the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees in 1970, Baker said. Johnson served on the board until 1984.

Baker issued an executive proclamation Wednesday, declaring Sept. 30, 2016, a day to honor Johnson.

Johnson, who graduated from the then-Arkansas State Teachers College in 1960, "further claimed his place in UCA history as the radio voice of UCA football for 40 years," the proclamation states.

Johnson also served as Security Bank of Conway president as well as president of First Financial Bank of Conway and Simmons First National Bank.

Baker said Johnson "has been a pillar of UCA athletics for 50 years, a pillar of this community for even longer and is a symbol of the qualities we hold dear in Faulkner County."

"A lot of the time we fail to recognize people that make a difference until it’s too late," Baker said. "This is my way of saying thank you for all of Faulkner County."

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