Johnsie Elese Glisson Smith-Johnson,
92, the widow of William Ivan Smith and Luther Johnson, went home
to be with the Lord and join her waiting loved ones, Wednesday, October
10, 2018 at Prince George Health Care.
Mrs. Johnson was born
the daughter of David Marion Glisson and Nora Bell Clifton Glisson on May
26, 1926, in Andrews. She started her professional career during
a difficult time in US history – WWII. She was one of many women
who stepped forward fulfilling the male roles of that time as she served
as a welder at the Charleston Navy Shipyard. She completed needed certification
to successfully do the job as a ship builder. As life transition,
Johnsie moved into another career of service as she was a nursing assistant
at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Andrews First
Baptist Church though she often participated in several other churches
when opportunity allowed. “Granny Johnsie” was a lady of strong character,
stern convictions, with a servant’s heart, and a joyous witty spirit.
She was an avid successful player and watcher of Jeopardy, enthusiastically
watched Rodeos, loved cooking her recipes, and always gained strength over
the years from watching Christian TV ministries. From life’s difficult
lessons, Johnsie Smith-Johnson bestows to her family and friends a Legacy
of Strength and Determination from her battle with Alzheimer’s. There
is one thing Alzheimer’s cannot take away and that is love. Love
is not a memory but a feeling that resides in your heart and soul.
Johnsie and Ivan’s
home was blessed with three children, Michael (Gail) Smith, Nora Smith,
and Marilyn (Dale) Morris; eight grandchildren, Katie Smith, Adam Smith,
William Moore, Matt Cox, Phillip Dickson, Marty (Candy) Morris, DeAnne
(Joey) Wilson, and Mary Beth Morris; and six great-grandchildren, Bailey,
Jacob, Dylan, Kam, Rivers, and Annalise; a brother, Ronnie (Annette) Glisson;
two sisters, Evelyn Hughes and Modrey (Jack) Coward; and her extended family
including the Smith siblings – Hilda (George) Hamrick and family, Carolyn
(Bill) King and family, Bruce (Barbara) Smith and family, and a large number
of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased
by: her parents; her husbands; her daughter, Nora; six brothers,
David Glisson, Alton Glisson, Lewis “Boot” Glisson, the twins – Wilford
Glisson and Willard Glisson, and Watson Glisson; and two sisters, Lois
Ethridge and Shirley Howard.
A Home Going Celebration will be 11AM, Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Andrews
First Pentecostal Holiness Church directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie
Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Donald Duncan.
Mrs. Smith-Johnson will be laid to rest beside Ivan and Nora in the Andrews
family will receive family and friends immediately after the service in
the church sanctuary.
family would like to make known: “Words could never express our heartfelt
love and appreciation owed to the nurses and staff of Prince George Health
Care and Hospice of South Carolina for their wonderful care and assistance
given to our mother over this long 15 years of illness. May God bless
you many times over we pray.”
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington,
DC 20090-6011 or online at alz.org.