Deaconess Shirley Ann Johnson departed this life peacefully at her home surrounded by family on March 15, 2019. She was born on December 19, 1939 in Ashland, Virginia to the late Rosa Lee and Robert O. Toliver.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, McKoy E. Johnson, and her six brothers: Broaddus, Horace, Leslie, Robert, Raymond, Nelson, and one sister Reverend Nellie Bea Winston.
She attended the public schools of Hanover County and graduated from John M. Gandy High School in Ashland, Virginia. During this time, she worked with her Father in the Richmond, Virginia area. Later in life she was employed with Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. She was a devoted housewife/homemaker and served many people with the caregiving of sick lovedones.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior early in life and attended Providence Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to McKoy Ellsworth Johnson on April 15, 1961 and was blessed with four daughters: Michelle, Chevelle, Bobbette and Artreyca. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, godmother, sister, aunt, cousin, neighbor and friend. She joined the Second Baptist Church and was an active member of the Deaconess board, Willing workers ministry, missionary, and community savings club.
Shirley was known for her joyful, peaceful personality and unconditional love for people. She would give you a “big hug” and then call you “sugar” and other sweet names. She enjoyed cooking (her specialty was preparing fried chicken, potatoe salad and sweet potatoe pies). She loved the beauty of nature, nurturing plants, flowers and watching the birds come to her window. She enjoyed traveling, especially to the islands of Hawaii.
Shirley is survived by her four loving daughters: Michelle Singletary, Chevelle Johnson, Bobbette Johnson, and Artreyca (Trady) Smith; two son-in-laws, Henry L. Singletary, Jr., and Rev. Kelvin Smith, Sr.; Eleven grandchildren, Josiah, Henry III, Hannah, Micaiah, Alfred Jr., Joseph, Makeem, McKel, Quavon (Torrie), Kelvin Jr., Bria. Four great grandchildren, Kailyn, Averin, Kaysen, Elijah; One god-daughter, Chelsea Woolfolk. One loving sister, Francenia Tyler; One brother-in-law, Charles Tyler; Five sisters-in-laws, Alfleda Toliver, Mary Toliver, Shirley Toliver, Elizabeth Johnson, Juanita Johnson. Devoted friends, Frances Pleasants, Rosetta Minor, Wilbur and Doris Thomas, the Randall family and the Zion Road neighborhood and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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