Deaconess Shirley A. Johnson

December 19,1939 - March 15,2019

Obituary for Deaconess Shirley A. Johnson

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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To The Johnson Family, Sending my deepest condolences and prayer that God comfort you in the loss of Deaconess Shirley.
- Ray R. Terrell
Dear Summer, From the day I met I you instantly fell in love with my Dear Summer I enjoyed you from the Blooming Spring time to those hot sunny days, I loved the fried hot dogs and eggs for breakfast to the Breyer's Strawberry ice cream after dinner. From playing out back on the rickety basketball court to spending time with my big cousins. I had a childs dream from McDonald's everyday for lunch to KD all afternoon my Dear Summer was wonderful. My Summer was the best except when uncle McCoy tricked me into cutting the grass only to be relieved by my Dear Summer. Always a smile and the biggest hug when you seen me. How I will miss you reminding me the uncanny resemblance to my Father, the way you called me Juice & how Proud you were of the man I've become. I will cry tears of Joy until I see my Aunt Shirley (Dear Summer) again. With Love Juice.......
- Jonathan Toliver
To my Johnson family I send you my love and prayers. Shirley was an angel on earth and will be missed by all she came in contact with. She was always spreading her love to all that needed it. Love you always Huffy and family
- theodra huff
My condolences to you all. I pray that God will continue to strengthen you all. Mrs.Johnson was always a loving and caring person. I loved her smile and the warmth you felt when you came into her presence. Keep your hands in Gods hands and he will bring you through.
- Patricia Lindsey
To the Johnson Family. " no more wonderful Hugs and Kisses" she was one of God's Beautiful Creations, showing Love everywhere SHE WENT. SHIRLEY WILL BE TRULY MISSED. Keep the Faith Loves You.
To the Johnson and Smith family I give my upmost condolences.She was truly a gifted person of God. He called upon her and said you have done what I asked of you here on Earth now I NEED you to come to my Kingdom and do the same I am very proud of you Shirley.I have known Shirley all my life . She was one of a kind. I will surely missed her,her hugs and kisses and leaving her red lipstick on my cheeks. Shirley lived a very good life even when she became ill she did not let that stop her from being the beautiful and loving person she was.Her daughters have been raise to be just like her.Our God is so wonderful.Bless the family !
- Calvin & Sharon
SUGA! Im going to miss the hugs kisses and sweet memories that we have shared throughout my years growing up . Thank you for buying those markers when my momma said no and I thru a tantrum lol but you just new I needed them . Thank you being my motivation during my hard days and still being so proud of me ! I love you ! And I love you Smith and Johnson family so much !
- Bryttani
To the Johnson Family , you are loved, May the Peace of God overtake you during this time.
- Marsha Thomas
Auntie, I am truly going to miss you. So glad I got to spend time with you laughing and telling jokes. You was such a beautiful spirit and through the rough part you had a smile that could light up a room. Rest In paradise auntie. I love you. To my cousins. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I am here for you all night or day if you need me.
- Tammy Toliver
Lovingly known to us as grandma because she adopted all of us into her life, she greeted us with a "hello sugar", a big hug and a kiss. She paused when she shared a moment with you and made sure to ask about the kids and anything else you had going on. I and all who loved her and all whom she encountered are better people because of the love she shared. My favorite was when she'd ask me if I had any of my mom's homemade rolls stashed away for her...When she'd hold me cheeks in her hands and tell me how much she loved me and was proud of my husband and I... or took a moment to encourage my daughter and fuss over my son for growing up too fast. I will miss her greatly. However, I KNOW that I know that she is in heaven with the Lord. Prayers of comfort for the family. Let her legacy live on in us.
- JoWanda
To The Johnson Family. So sorry to learn about Shirley. Keep your hand in God's hand and He will give you everything you need. God Bless. Laura Laura
- Laura H. Freeman
Prayers going out to the family. Hold on to God, He will strengthen you in your time of need.
- Joey
Your outpouring of love will be truly missed. Love you “Sugar”. My prayers are with you family!
- Teresa Hill
I'm going to miss my other mother..
- Manzy

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