On Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, the angel of the Lord blew his trumpet with melodies that triumphantly said, “Well done thy good and faithful servant well done you have fought a good fight now it is time to come home.” Sister Emma Re Johnson answered that call.
Sister Emma Re Johnson was born Aug. 13, 1940 in Helena to the late Clarence Brown Sr. and Pearl Lee Brown. She was the third of four children born to this union.
As a child Emma Re Johnson accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized by the late Rev. M. D. Debro uniting with the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life, Sister Emma Re Johnson united with the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. There she found great joy in singing in the No. 3 Choir. After the death of Rev. P.L. Perkins, Sister Emma Re Johnson decided to return to her home church – Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, remaining there until the angel of the Lord called her home. Even in her weakest moments as her health began to fail, Sister Emma Johnson never lost focus on the Word of God. She had a special love for her pastor – Rev. Larry Edwards.
For 42 years, Sister Emma Re Johnson faithfully devoted her services to the Helena Regional Medical Center as an environmental technician.
On Dec. 18, 1976, Sister Emma Re Johnson married the Willie Ed Johnson. No children were born to this union.
Sister Emma Re Johnson was known as a faithful and confident Christian, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend. Her daily motto was “Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet.”
Preceding her in death was her husband, Willie Ed Johnson, her father, Clarence Brown Sr., a sister, Vannessa, and brothers, Clarence Brown Jr. and Marvin Brown.
She leaves to celebrate her life, a loving and devoted mother, Pearl Lee Smith of Helena; four children, Patricia (Benjamin) Lenore, Rev. Reggie Rose, Sandra Rose, all of Helena-West Helena and Barbara Rose of Memphis; two brothers, Darryl and Cecil Brown of Michigan; four sisters, Pauline Page of Helena-West Helena, Belinda, Brenda and Melinda of Michigan; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two stepdaughters; Gloria and Sophia; a son-in-law; Tracy Kelly; sisters, Dorothy and Wilma Jones of University Park, Ill; special children, Kimblyn Knowlton, Danny Shores, Pamela Jones, Lillie Rose, Turrell Williams and Mike Murphy; 3 sisters-in-law, Annie Moore and Florence Brown of Helena-West Helena and Eddie Mae Brown of Detroit; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 15 in the Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel, Helena-West Helena from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at New Haven M.B. Church, West Helena at 1p.m. Internment will follow immediately in Jackson Memorial Cemetery at Southland.