Jessie E. Johnson

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran

        Jessie E. Johnson, a son of the late Kate Johnson Taylor, was born on Powhatan County, VA on May 20, 1917. Jessie was reared by his grandmother, Julia Johnson, whom he looked upon as his mother.

        At an early age he was converted, baptized and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where his membership remained.

        He attended the Powhatan County public schools. In 1942 he was called to serve his country in the United States Army during World War II, receiving his honorable discharge in 1943.

        After returning to Powhatan he was employed with Harrises Saw Mill, Bellwood General Defense Supply, Goodman Logging and Concrete Piping, until his retirement in 1979.

        Jessie was a quiet person who enjoyed raising a garden and then sharing the vegetables with his friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed working with his flowers and his lawn.

        For about 2 years he has been in declining health and his cousin, Obadiah and his wife, Josephine, were his devoted caregivers.

        On Sunday, June 27, 1999 he departed this life at Meadows Nursing Center in Goochland, VA.

        He leaves to cherish fond memories, three half brothers, James, Milton and Elmore Taylor; three half sisters, Helen Morris, Maude Funn and Julia Joyner; three brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, a devoted cousin, Obadiah Goodman and his wife, Josephine; other relatives and friends.

"Up and Away like the dew of the morning
That soars from the earth to its home in the sun;
So let me steal away, gently and lovingly
Only remembered by what I have done.
My name, my place and my tomb all forgotten
The brief race of time, well and patiently run;
So let me pass away, peacefully, silently
Only remembered by what I have done.
Gladly away from this toil would I hasten
Up to the crown that for me has been won;
Only thought of by man in rewards or in praises,
Only remembered by what I have done."

Lovingly submitted,
The Family

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