Thursday, August 20, 2009

Carol Brown Johnson

Carol Brown Johnson, age 84, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, after an extended and courageous struggle with lung disease.

She was born on April 14, 1925 in Repton, Alabama to Clarence and Abigail Brown. After graduating from Repton High School, she moved to Mobile to work as a secretary in the shipyard industry during World War II. She met and married Francis Johnson of Franklin, Alabama in 1950. In addition to her primary vocation of raising four sons, she worked as a bank teller, church secretary for the Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, and an administrative assistant for over twenty years for both the Pensacola Educational Program for resident physicians and the Escambia County Medical Society, retiring in 2001. She cared valiantly for her husband during the last years of his life as they struggled together with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Pensacola.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis.

She is survived by her four sons, Langdon of Mobile, Alabama and wife Cheri; Francis of Mobile and wife Rose; Charles of Fort Worth, Texas and wife Jana; and Dennis of Louisville, Kentucky and wife Tracy; eight grandchildren, Chad, Cliff, Will, Peter, Chris Anne, Langdon, Nathan, and Anabeth; one great-grandchild, Corley of San Angelo, Texas; brother Cecil of Houston, Texas.

Memorial services will be on Thursday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. in the Pleitz Chapel at the First Baptist Church of Pensacola, 500 N. Palafox Street, with the Rev. Dr. Barry Howard and the Rev. Charlie Wilson officiating. Visitation will precede the services at 9:30 a.m. Graveside services will be held later in the day at 3:00 p.m. in the River Ridge Cemetery of Franklin, Alabama.

Memorial gifts may be sent in lieu of flowers to the general ministry fund of the First Baptist Church of Pensacola, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida, 32501.


Anonymous said...

Dear Charlie, So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. This is your old friend Evelyn Kelly. My life has been so full of deaths lately. Sure hope thst God hasn't put me on that list. I was 85 on 10 May. Kelly died at 85, and so did his Mom. I have lost 3 friends from my Sun School class in the last 4 weeks. Lucy Lockett, Frances Phelps, and Sat morning, Dorothy Felty was found dead in her bed. She was 76. Her funeral is tomorrow at Trinity. So sad!!!
Hope all else is going good for you. Everyone seems to like Pastor Les. My home phone-210-653-3288 and my e-mail is
God bless as you continue in His will. Evelyn

Unknown said...

Dearest Charlie and Jana,

No one will ever love you here on earth as your mother loved you. There is no one who feels your sorrows more keenly, your joys more deeply, who knows you better, is more proud of you, wants more for you, want you to be a better person more than your mother. It is a God-ordained ministry that is unique; motherhood is also a glimpse of the nature of the Perfect Parent who now holds your mother close to Himself.

You are learning now that where your treasure is, there your heart is also - indeed.

Much love,
Randi and Martin

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. Knowing you I can guess that she was a great woman and certainly a saint in the best sense of the word, as I am certain you tested her many times growing up. There are many of us who love you and want to express our support for you in this time of sorrow and loss.
I hope to be in Brownwood for Homecoming at HPU in October, perhaps I will be able to stay over on Sunday and hear you preach, that is always a blessing for me.
Randy Crosland

sjstage said...

Hi Charlie, This is Jane Jeffers Smith-Stage, the daughter of John & Jeanette Jeffers. I met you at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nashville -- Jan & Webb Hosse are great friends. I wanted to send you and your family a note of support and prayer regarding your Mother's death. Our family is still raw from our Dad's death almost 1 year ago exactly. I will hold you in my thoughts and know that you are lifted by many, many people who love and care for you.

Charlie Johnson said...

Thank you, Evelyn, for your kind message. I cannot imagine the burden of grief from the loss of friends someone in their 80's carries. May God give you grace to bear this burden.

Randi, your words are always a gift of support and wisdom. You are correct: no one loves as a mother loves.

Great hearing from you Randy! It would be super seeing you and Carolyn at Howard Payne's homecoming.

Jane, how very kind and thoughtful of you to write and express such faithful prayer. Let me assure you that those thoughts and prayers are more helpful than you know.

Friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I never knew that words like yours, of sincere prayer and condolence, could mean so much. Indeed, they do, and I'm grateful for them, and for you!