Pearletha Johnson
Saturday
5
November

Visitation at Main Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Shiloh Baptist Church
701 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
5
November

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Shiloh Baptist Church
701 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
5
November

Final Resting Place

1:00 pm
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Atlantic City Cemetery
New Road & Washington Avenue
Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Pearletha Johnson

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Pearletha Johnson was born May 15, 1920, in Clio, South Carolina to Ida May (McCrae) and Jordan McNair. She went home to be with the Lord on Friday October 28, 2022 at the blessed age of 102. Pearletha was educated in the local schools in South Carolina. She met and married Herbert Johnson, Sr. and the two migrated to Atlantic City, New Jersey from Robinson, North Carolina in 1948. Pearletha and Herbert had grown tired of share cropping and decided to move North and join some of their relatives who had already left the South. Pearletha lived with her aunt while her husband who had made the trip a few months before her lived in Vineland, New Jersey with his sisters. She attended Bethel Baptist Church, and later, Union Baptist Temple, where her aunt attended service. When she and Herbert moved to the 2200 block of Atlantic Avenue, she started attending Shiloh Baptist Church. It was in walking distance and she attended regularly. She joined under Reverend Thomas O. Mills and has remained a faithful member of Shiloh ever since. Pearletha worked as a domestic worker. She helped raise the families of Judge Greenberg, Dr. Ruby and the Potlers (furniture store owners). Known for making "the best fried chicken," her delicacy soon became a special request of the families she worked for as well as some of their neighbors. Willing to do whatever was asked of her, Mrs. Johnson enjoyed serving people and the Lord. Pearletha served with the Singles Ministry and helped out with the soup kitchen. She usually made her favorite dessert, a moist and delicious Bundt cake, for the soup kitchen as well as other occasions at New Shiloh. A woman of great faith, Pearletha read her thick large print Bible with the well-worn binding daily. She started every morning with a reading from the perpetual Calendar of Devotions for Seniors that was a gift from her daughter-in-law. The text referenced for the daily devotion led her to selected passages in her Bible. Colorful page holders (ticket stubs, receipts, ribbons, etc.) from different chapters of her life bookmarked some of her favorite scriptures so she could reference them often. Her favorite verse was John 3:16 which speaks of God's great sacrificing love. Mrs. Johnson loved to sing and played gospel songs as part of her daily worship. One of her favorite songs was "The lord Is My Light and My Salvation." She learned that song when she sang on the Senior Choir in which she was a member for three decades. She knows most of the old hymns and many of the new contemporary songs too. When listening to the congregation sing on a beautiful Sunday morning, you could hear Pearletha's sweet voice lifting praises to her God. Mrs. Johnson always sat in her pew with a generous smile and a welcoming and grateful heart every Sunday. For sixty-one years, as she would say, "I have so much to be grateful for." Blessed with an able body and a good mind, the nonagenarian, has lived to see most of her loved ones depart this world including: her beloved husband of 55 years, Herbert Johnson, Sr.; sons, Herbert, Jr. and James Louis Johnson; granddaughter, Renee Johnson; parents, Ida and Jordan McNair; siblings, Richard, Curtis James, Eula Glenn and Mattie Bell Dockery. Pearletha leaves a legacy to cherish her memories: six grandchildren, Habib Ullah Muhammad, Safee Ullah Muhammad, Derrick "Hakim" Johnson, Derrick Rasheed Kelly (Belinda), Marcia and Juanita Kelly; special nieces, Eva Pearce Joyce Berger, Betty Peyton, Brenda Howard, Adrian Dockery, Pearletha Parker, Hattie Cockrell, Vivian LeGrande, Shirley Dockery, Maria Barnes, Aishah Hadrick, Annie Mae Hill, Gendolyn Covington; special nephews, Willie Nelson Dockery, Michael Dockery, Richie James Dockery, Milton Dockery and a host of great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be 11AM Saturday, November 5 2022, at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Delaware and Atlantic Avenues, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where friends may view from 10AM to 11AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville, New Jersey. Arrangements are Entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Home, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences may be left at www.Greenidgefuneralhomes.com
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