On June 12, 2013, at the age of 64, the Lord welcomed his angel home. Juanita H. Warrior, was born November 11, 1948 to the late Lucas Hood and Iola Conyer Johnson. She was raised by her grandmother, Bezettis Conyer, and enjoyed a special relationship with her cousins Daisy Bearden, Yvonne Sanders, Carolyn Jackson and her aunt Betty Lou Gyce. Juanita attended Christ Temple Church where she was baptized. She subsequently became a member of Mt. Calvary MBC with her husband and family. Juanita was educated in Pine Bluff School system attending Merrill High School. She graduated from AM&N/UAPB in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She then began a remarkable career as a teacher, touching the lives of legions. She started impacting lives in the Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Ark., transitioned from there to Grady and Gould Schools, and eventually settled in Pine Bluff School District, educating and encouraging young hearts and minds at Belair, Oak Park, and Sam Taylor Elementary Schools. As a teacher “Mrs. Warrior” was one to always bring her work home. And by her work, we mean her students and parents. Juanita retired from formal teaching in 2008. In her retirement, she purchased a home in Georgia where she was surrounded by two of her children and five of her grandchildren. She enjoyed peaceful sunny days and warm, starry nights with her loved ones.
Juanita is survived by her spouse of 43 years, Isaac Warrior of Pine Bluff, Ark., their six children, Stanley Carlos Warrior, (a switch tech in Virginia) his wife Sylvia and children Johnathan and Nadia; Mehndigan SaRhonja Warrior (an attorney in Texas) her husband Ricky Foster and children, Isaac and Noah, Bettina LaShonda (Warrior) Womack (of Calif.) her husband Sidney and children Eliana and Elijah, Lequita Ronae (Warrior) Sharrock (an exec Adm. in Georgia) her husband Rory and children Taylor, Grant, and Paige, Markeith Dontae Warrior (a phlebotomist in Virginia), his wife Crystal and children Joshua, DaPaul, Nevaeh, and Steven, and Tanika DeShalae Warrior (an electrical engineer/homaker in Georgia) her husband Jimmy Hicks, Jr. and children Jaylen, Micah, Azaria.
Juanita will also be missed by her lifetime friends, Linda Polk and Pearlie Lewis. She also leaves behind three sisters, two brothers, many cousins and other loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandmother, aunt Viola Williams and her grandson, Da’Paul Warrior (son of her daughter Mehndigan and the late Timothy Hightower).
Juanita was a lot of things to a lot of people: Devoted wife to one, a mother by birth to six and by choice to several more, a teacher to multitudes, and a friend to all. She was a student of God’s Word and a practitioner of the things she preached. She enjoyed sharing the word of God with anyone who would sit still long enough to listen, shopping for rare finds, cooking, spending time with family and friends, conversation on almost any topic, posing for pictures, good movies, inspirational reads, crossword puzzles, and simple, solitary comforts of home. She was a cat lover and a self-proclaimed interior decorator.
Funeral services for Juanita H. Warrior, 64, of Pine Bluff passed June 12, Well Star Hospital in Douglasville, Ga., will be held Saturday 11 a.m. Mt. Calvary MBC, 600 E. 38th St., Rev. Gregory Gyce officiating. Visitation may be made Friday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery Cedar Grove. Services by Perry Funeral Home.