Obituary of Mary Willie Bethea Johnson
Mary Willie Bethea Johnson, was born May 5, 1930, in Dillon County, SC as the second child of six children born to the late Mary Gertrude Page.
Mary Willie attended school in Dillon. She married Charles Johnson in 1947. From that union they had a daughter, Sarah Helen Johnson Purnell.
She relocated to Atlantic City and was a long time employee of the LaFayette Hotel. In her younger years, she attended New Hope Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Sparks, Rev. Scott and Rev. Lippcon.
Mary was special because she had taken care of so many children throughout the community – including her own grand and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Because of her life, love and compassion touched so many, she was affectionately known to everyone as "Granny."
Mary Willie made her transition into eternal rest and peace December 9, 2010 in the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Division.
She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter, Sarah H. Purnell (Jake); sisters, Theresa Hill and Thelma Manning; grandchildren, Lisa D., Rachelle T. and Mary M. Purnell and Shareefa T. Simpkins; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Harold, Jr., Taimesha, Johnny, Ciera, Amaya, Aneesah; great-greatgranddaughter, Janelle; and a host of other family and friends.