Erma Johnson (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for Erma Nell Morris Johnson, 98, of Blackville, SC will be held three p.m., Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, SC with the Rev. Frederick Orr and Dr. Thomas Terry officiating. Burial will be in the Blackville Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Terry Lee will serve as an honorary pallbearer. Memorial contributions may be sent to Blackville Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 365, Blackville, SC 29817 or The March of Dimes, SC Chapter, 240 Stoneridge Drive, Ste. 206, Columbia, SC 29210. Mrs. Johnson died on Friday, October 22, 2010. Born in Olar, SC, Erma was a daughter of the late Norman George Morris and Nellie Bly Cook Morris and was married to the late Grady Odessa Johnson. When she was 12 years old, Erma's father taught her to drive his Model T Ford. She earned her high school diploma from Blackville High School in 1929. She was a member of the Blackville First Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunbeam teacher and was a member of the church choir. Mrs. Johnson operated a dairy and egg business many years ago and later worked as an insurance debitor. She and her husband operated several stores in Blackville over the years. For years, she kept books for the farm and managed it for one year after her husband's death. For 28 years, much of her time was spent caring for her adult daughter who contracted polio in 1959 and lived until 1987 as a quadriplegic. Mrs. Johnson was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother; she was always very self-sufficient and independent. Survivors include granddaughter, Kathy Berry Orr and her husband Rev. Frederick Orr; great granddaughter, Kathryn Liana Orr; grandson, William Grady Berry; sister, Evelyn Morris Gray and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Odessa Johnson; daughter, Anita Johnson Berry; brothers, Earl Morris and Norman George (Buster) Morris, Jr. Visit our on-line registry at www.folkfuneralhome.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-October 23, 2010


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