Mother Lillie Mae Johnson (95), a faithful servant of the Lord, transitioned from labor to reward at 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, August 5 at her residence in South Bend, Indiana. She was born to Lonnie and Rosie Jordan on Monday, October 17, 1927 in Woodland Mills, Tennessee where she attended the Woodland Mills Public Schools. Clarence and Lillie Johnson were united in marriage on Sept. 28, 1946, in Union City, Tennessee.
Mother Johnson gave her life to the Lord and was filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1947 under the leadership of the late Elder E.A. McNeely at Christ Temple COGIC, where she worked faithfully. She later served as the Sunshine Band President for the District. She was also the District Missionary of District twenty-one (now known as The Solid Rock District) under the leadership of Superintendent Isaac Bobo and Superintendent William Hackworth. She served as the Third Jurisdiction State Mother’s Board President In Indiana under the late Bishop John Dupree and State Supervisor, Mother Beatrice Collins. Mother Johnson held the position of District Mother of the C.H. Mason District under the leadership of Superintendent (now Bishop) Donald L. Alford and District Missionary Mary Winters.
At the time of her transition, she was the District Mother for the Judah District under Superintendent Jesse Hodges and District Missionary Deloris Howard, and the Church Mother of Miracle Temple COGIC under the leadership of Pastor Mark Boyd. Mother Johnson faithfully assisted her husband in the ministry at Miracle Temple for thirty-one years, and worked on the evangelist field with her husband for twenty years. Many souls were saved and delivered through her life.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, LaVerne Barlow, Joan (Mark) Boyd, and Monice (James) Foster, all of South Bend, IN, two sons, David Johnson of Union City Tennessee, and Tony (Sherry) Johnson of South Bend, IN, eighteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and the Miracle Temple Church Family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor Clarence Johnson, two daughters, Dorise Cross and Barbara Jones, one son Clarence E. Johnson, a son-in-law, Elder Billy Cross, and a daughter in-law Mebla Johnson, one grandson and two great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death are her parents, Rosie and Lonnie Jordan, four brothers, Thomas James (Ruth) Jordan, Nathanial Jordan, Lonnie Jordan, and George Jordan, four sisters; Evelina (Cecil) Harris, Annie Harris, Rose Cook, and Irene (Clarence) Vaughn.
Mother Johnson was a lovely and sweet woman of God who touched many lives. She will be dearly missed by many, many people. She enjoyed cooking, had a great sense of humor, and always quoted Proverbs 17:22; “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”