Mildred Martha Mazique Johnson was born on July 21, 1924 in Sibley, Miss. to Martha Clark and Robert Mazique. She confessed Christ at an early age while a member of Saint Luke Methodist Church in Sibley, Miss.
She was a 1944 graduate of Brumfield High School in Natchez, Miss. and a 1948 graduate of Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She continued her education at the University of Arkansas and Ohio University. A lifelong educator, Mrs. Johnson was devoted to enriching the lives of youth and families in and out of the classroom. Her professional career began at Coleman High School as a girls’ basketball coach. A highlight of this experience was winning a state championship. Her love for education and degree in Home Economics were instrumental in obtaining a teaching position at Coleman High School. In 1962 she continued her career as a home economics teacher at Martin High School. After 39 years as an educator, she retired from Altheimer High School in 1987.
Mrs. Johnson was actively involved in many clubs and organizations throughout her life including both National and Arkansas Education Associations, Jefferson County Retired Teachers’ Association, Social and Art Club, Southwest Region of the Association of Women’s Club, AM&N/UAPB Human Sciences Alumni Association, National Association of Colored People, and the AM&N/UAPB National Alumni Association. A dedicated and devoted member of Saint James United Methodist Church for over six decades, Mrs. Johnson served as a communion steward, an usher, and member of both the Sanctuary and Golden Years choir. She loved working with the pastor and members of Saint James. With a servant’s heart, she committed her life to her family, friends, profession, church, and community. Knowing she had fulfilled God’s plan for her life, Mrs. Mildred Martha Mazique Johnson entered into Eternal Life with God on January 3, 2013. On December 20, 1948 she married her college sweetheart, Johnny B. Johnson. From this union, three children were born. She is preceded in death by Dr. Johnny B. Johnson, Sr., her loving husband of 61 years. Left to cherish her memory are her sons Johnny (Janette) Johnson, Jr. and Revawn (Sharon) Johnson; her daughter Patricia (Ellis) Berry all of Pine Bluff; granddaughters, Rashunda Johnson of Little Rock, Shayla (Marcus) Surratt of Fort Worth, Texas, and Shannon Berry of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandsons, Quentin Johnson and Brandon Johnson both of Atlanta, Ga.; two great-granddaughters, Myia and MaLeah Surratt; two special great-nieces, Gail (Jerry) Scott and Brenda Sue Anderson of Natchez, Miss.; two sisters, Henrietta Malone and Roberta Green; one brother, Charles Mazique, five sisters-in-law, Emily Johnson, Teresa Johnson, Jennie Ross, Jessie Ruth Schuler, and Lenora Steppe; one brother-in-law, Silas (Doris) Johnson; a special family friend, Linda Eddington, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the funeral home. Homegoing services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Saint James United Methodist Church, 900 North University, Pine Bluff, AR 71601 by Rev. Henry “Hank” Wilkins, IV. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Section of Graceland Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
The body will lie in state at the church from 12:00 noon until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund Dr. Johnny B. Johnson and Mrs. Mildred Johnson Award
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 N. University Dr. Mail Slot 4929
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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