“I glorified you on Earth having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” John 17:4
Janie Louise Johnson was born January 19, 1930, to the late Frank D. Johnson and Mamie Gertrude McIntyre Johnson in Cheraw, South Carolina. She was the first of eleven siblings.
Janie was known as a woman with a big heart. She was a loving individual who did not meet a stranger. She was known lovingly as “Mama Janie, Godmother or Aunt Janie” to many co-workers and young people who she mentored. She was the unofficial tour guide for family and friends who visited New York for their first big city
Janie received her early education from Coulter Academy High School in Cheraw, South Carolina graduating in 1942. Following high school, Janie attended and graduated from Harbison Junior College in Irmo, South Carolina. Janie moved to New York after graduating from college to pursue her career. She was an early pioneer in the marketing field. She worked for Ruben H. Donnelly publishing company in various roles where she retired as a supervisor.
Janie professed her love for Christ at an early age, she joined Mount Herbon AME Zion Church, Cheraw, SC. She willingly served and worked wherever there was a need, in her church. She had no limits on helping others. When Janie moved to New York she became a dedicated and loving member of Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church. Janie was the first ordained female elder at Rendall Memorial. She also held multiple leadership positions such as church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and was a long-standing member of the church choir.
Janie had a larger-than-life personality that attracted many friends that she maintained over the years. As a leader in her community, she made a positive impact on every life she touched, even lives of people that she did not know. Janie was always eager to help when called upon. She lived by the motto: “If I can help somebody as I travel along, then my life shall not be in vain. Socially, Janie was an avid bowler, loved Broadway shows and dining at exquisite restaurants.
Janie loved her family dearly and had an extensive spirit to help. She became the “godmother” to several young men. She was described by one of her godchildren, Tyrone Spaulding as being a woman who influenced the life of many young people and took her role as a godmother seriously. She was not just a woman who presented youth at baptism, but took on the responsibility for the social, religious and educational development of her family. Many were blessed by having Janie in their life as their angel on earth from God.
She was preceded in death by father: Frank Dorgan Johnson, mother: Mamie Gertrude Johnson, brothers: Franklin D. Johnson Jr., Calvin Quincy Johnson and Lincoln Johnson; sister: Amelia Nell Johnson, brother in-law: Stephen Odle and sisters-in-law: Gwendolyn H. Johnson, Wilma H. Johnson and Harriet Y. Johnson.
Janie transitioned on Monday, June 20, 2022 in New York, New York.
To continue to celebrate her life Janie leaves her brothers: John Edward and Roosevelt (Mary) Johnson, sisters: Susan Bryant, Betty Dorsey, Mary Brockman (Joel), and Elizabeth Odle, sister-in-law: Cora H. Johnson, godsister: Katie Monroe, prayer partner: Shirley Brown and long standing friend/cook: Della Plowden along with a host of nephews, nieces, godchildren, church family and dear friends.
Janie was loved by many, and she will be missed. However, her connections to all with whom she interacted will