Friday, March 09, 2007

Here's the obituary from the Tupelo paper today. No time for anything else. We're finally outta here.

Cathryn Johnson

PLANTERSVILLE - Cathryn Vance "Jack" Johnson, 88, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at Manhattan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson after an extended illness. A Harperville native, she was born Nov. 12, 1918, to the late Irvin and D.O. Anderson Vance. She was valedictorian of the 1935 graduating class of Walnut Grove High School. She then went on to Jackson Business College. On Oct. 8, 1942, she married the Rev. Joseph Silas Johnson, a longtime Baptist minister. During World War II, she was employed with Southern Bell Telephone Company as a telephone opererator. While living in Noxapater earlier in her life, she worked as a secretary with Fair Lumber Company in Louisville. After moving to Plantersville, she worked as a secretary with Gravlee Lumber Company and later Milam Manufacturing, before joining The Peoples Bank & Trust Company until her retirement in 1984. She was a longtime church musician, serving at Noxapater Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Plantersville, and over 25 years with the First Methodist Church Baldwyn.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Plantersville. The Rev. Danny Balint will officiate, and the Rev. Rickey Bishop will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Garrett (Mike) and Betsy Conaway (Richard); one son, Paul Johnson (Judy), all of Brandon; seven granchildren, Ricky Borden, Benji Borden, Laura Conaway, Tara Conaway, Brian Conaway, Vance Johnson and Deanne New; 10 great-grandchildren, Clay Borden, Cooper Borden, Bella Golightly, Phin Golightly, Silas Borden, Nathaniel Goodyear, Sawyer Hoeschele, Griffin Hoeschele, Cyrus Hoeschele and Harlee Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Craig Gaines, David Hill, Billy Roberson, Dewey Davis, David Monaghan Sr. and Lawrence Estes.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may be made to the Plantersville Youth Program (Future Boys & Girls Club) in care of Create Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.

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