Biography: Ninety-five years of an awesome life ended on the morning of June 8, 2019 at 7:10AM. Kathryn was suffering with Dementia which transitioned into Alzheimer’s. She died peacefully in her sleep in Cumming Georgia. Anyone who knew Kathryn knows her as a loving, compassionate, and a very “strong” woman.
Kathryn Jeanette was born on October 20, 1923 to the late Julius and Sarah “Sadie” Francis in McIntosh County, Georgia. Kathryn was one of ten children born to Julius and Sarah.
Kathryn moved to New York City at the age of twenty-one with her oldest sister Iona. There, she met the love of her life Robert Johnson Sr., known as “Pickles” to friends and family. They were married and had one daughter, Veronica Lorraine born on June 2, 1946. Robert and Kathryn made Harlem their home for over forty-four years residing in Esplanade Gardens.
Kathryn worked for New York City Transit Authority as a token booth clerk until she retired in November 1985. Kathryn received many accolades whiles at New York City Transit Authority for her outstanding customer service.
Kathryn became a member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in 1956. At Mount Olivet Kathryn was honored as the Poet Laureate and for over sixty-two years of service.
She is survived by: her three sisters: Mrs. Sadie Williams of Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Eula Campbell and Mrs. Evelyn Thorpe of Townsend, Georgia. Her only grandchild, Monica Smith of Atlanta, Georgia. Five great-grandchildren: William Jayson, Jazmen, William Jarred, Joycelyn and Jaynelle of Atlanta, Georgia. And nine great-great grandchildren and a host of sorrowing relatives and friends.