Geraldine Johnson might have had a wonderful career as a teacher, but education got in the way.
Mrs. Johnson grew up in Appling and attended a one-room schoolhouse in Columbia County. When she graduated, she returned to teach at the same schoolhouse.
"In those days, you kind of just taught everything," said her daughter Waltina Cromartie. "She taught there until they started requiring teachers to have college degrees."
When she left her teaching position, Mrs. Johnson went to work at King Mill, her daughter said. She retired after 30 years.
Mrs. Johnson, 81, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Alexander Ingram officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Cromartie described her mother as a people person who loved spending time at church.
"She always had a positive attitude. She was part of the missionary department and she sang in the senior choir," Mrs. Cromartie said. "She went every Sunday."
Mrs. Johnson was a gifted quilter and often made blankets for family members, her daughter said.
She was a member of the Rising Sons Society, the Children's Benevolent Society and the Eastern Star at Macedonia.
Additional survivors include her husband, the Rev. Wilson Johnson; another daughter, Carolyn Bussey; two sons, Jerry Johnson and Michael Johnson; a sister, Floree Johnson; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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