Mother Annie Lee Thomas Johnson, 87, widow of Deacon Leroy Johnson, departed this earthly life on Monday, March 17, 2014, at her home in Bishopville. Born on July 18, 1926, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Lee and Leola Boykin Thomas. She was educated in the public schools of Washington, DC.
Mother Johnson later moved to Bishopville, where she met and married Leroy Johnson. She was an active member of Phifer Temple Church under the leadership of Elder Robert Phifer. After his passing, Mother Johnson became a member of Mt. Calvary Holiness Church. Knowing she could not merely attend church, Mother Johnson became active in the church and established a choir of young people known as the “Sunbeam Choir”. In 1979, Mother Johnson was ordained a licensed minister by Dr. Emma McBride, Pastor of Fellowship Disciples of Christ Church, Brooklyn, N. Y. Soon after her calling to ministry, she founded and pastored Bible Way Holiness Church in Sumter until she became ill. Her later church attendance was Lightwood Knot Deliverance under the leadership of Pastor Mary Price.
Because of dedication to the Will and Plan of God, Mother Johnson leaves a legacy of prayer and worship to be celebrate by three children, Kenneth (Hattie) Thomas, Evangelist Leola Johnson, and Lonnie (Dora Lee) Johnson; one adopted daughter, Susan Robinson; one daughter-in-law, Mary P. Johnson; twenty six grandchildren; forty three great grandchildren; twenty great-great grandchildren; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, god children, other relatives and friends.
She will also be greatly missed by four great grandchildren that were instrumental in helping with her care, Ja’Maurion, Cha’Niyah and Shakvra Johnson and Zinashia Samuel.
She was preceded in death by her husband Deacon Leroy Johnson; three children, Queen Ester Johnson, Sarah Pouge and Lucius Johnson; and one grandchild, Lucius Johnson, Jr..
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 from the Lee Central High School Auditorium, 1800 Wisacky Highway, Bishopville, with Pastor Michael Woodham, officiating and Evangelist Leola Johnson, eulogist.
The family will be receiving friends and relatives at the home, 850 Lightwood Knot Road, Bishopville.
The remains will be placed in the auditorium at 12:00 noon.
The procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m.
Flower girls will be granddaughters. Pall bearers will be grandsons.
Burial will be in the Cooksfield Cemetery, John D. Heriott Road, Dalzell.