Ms. Mary Elizabeth Johnson was born on February 14, 1943 to the late Jake Tripp and the late Ethel Russ Johnson in Cottondale, Florida. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Henshaw Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She served as a class leader, the President of Choir #2, Sunbeam Choir, Member of the Kitchen Committee, Trustee, Sunday Morning Band #363 member, and on the Usher Board.
Ms. Johson was preceded in death by her son, Gregory B. Johnson. She worked at Warner Brothers, Jackson Aparel, Hardee’s, and West Point Stevens. She enjoyed cooking Sunday meals for her church, family and friends. She was known for baking the infamous “5 Flavored Pound Cake” and the “Honey Bun Cake”. Her favorite place was sitting on her back porch with family and friends. She greeted everyone with a big smile and always made sure you did not leave her home hungry or without a plate. She loved singing her favorite songs “Writing God a Letter” and “Lord I’ve done what you told me to do!” Mary will be missed by her dear loved ones.
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Johnson passed peacefully on Thursday, December 24, 2020 in Signature Health Care in Graceville, Florida.
Graveside services for Ms. Mary E. Johnson will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12 Noon in Bethlehem African Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery with the Reverend Lawrence Gantt officiating. Vann Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
A viewing will be held on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM from the Chapel of Vann Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hensahw Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Choir #1 in memory of Mary E. Johnson where she served as President.
Precious memories will forever linger with her beloved family:
Two Sons: Torrance Johnson and Mark Johnson (Linda) both of Cottondale, Florida
One Daughter: Bertha White of Cottondale, Florida
Raised As Her Children: Roy Johnson, Jr. (Diane) of Sebastian, Florida; and Virgil Bell (Eddie) of Cottondale, Florida
Two Sisters: Minnie Tripp and Agnes Gray (Evangelist Samuel Gray) of Cottondale, Florida
Four Brothers: Joseph Johnson (Catherine) of Tallahassee, Florida; James Johnson (Patti Jo) of Panama City, Florida; Arthur Johnson (Doris) of Spring Lake, North Carolina; and Nathaniel Johnson of Newark, New Jersey
Grandchildren: Shyron (Charise) Johnson; Gregory Bo Johnson; Candace Johnson; Deshane Daniels, Tacara Long; Jeremi Johson, Juwon Johnson, Sha’terrykah Lee; Brianna Johnson
Raised as her Grandchildren: Mulikua Gilmore (Ken) and Shavonne Bell
Great Grandchildren: Khariah, Kamron, Marquis, Alayah, Lamond, and Zaevion
Sister-in-Law: Lucinda White of Newark, New Jersey
Special Niece and Caregiver: Virgil Bell of Cottondale, Florida
Godchildren: Cathy Bellamy of Tallahassee, Florida; Leslie Potter of Cottondale, Florida; and Kimberly Moore of Albany, Georgia
Special Family: The Branning and Rogers family of Cottondale; and the Senior Citizen members
And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.