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Lillie Francis Johnson, affectionately known as Lillie, passed away peacefully at her residence on January 19, 2024, at the age of 85. Born on March 14, 1938, in Randolph County, Alabama, Lillie's life was a testament to the power of love, music, and family.
Lillie's early years in Alabama laid the foundation for a life filled with melody and harmony. A talented musician, she had the remarkable ability to play various instruments by ear, a skill that brought joy to many and made her a cherished lifelong member of the Lanett Church of Christ. Her musical legacy will continue to resonate within the church community and beyond.
Lillie's love for the outdoors was evident in the beautiful flowers she planted and the meticulous care she took of her surroundings. Even into her later years, she was known for her adventurous spirit, climbing trees and cutting limbs at the age of 77. Her home was a reflection of her dedication and hard work, always spotless and welcoming.
A culinary artist in her own right, Lillie's biscuits and cornbread were unrivaled, and her quilting skills were a source of comfort and beauty to all who were lucky enough to receive one of her creations. Her hands were rarely still, always busy in acts of love and care for her family and friends.
Lillie's family was the center of her world. She is survived by her loving daughter, Gloria O'Riley (Tom); her adoring granddaughters, Mary Lowery, Misty Lowery, Kasey O'Riley, and Tira Pugh; her cherished grandson, Kevin O'Riley; her treasured great-grandchildren, Wayne Brown (Lindsey), Megan Brown, Rusty Brown (Makayla), Erin Bishop (Chris), and Elijah Smith; and her precious great-great-grandchildren, Danielle, Ethan, Paysleigh, and Maison Doughtie. Her siblings, William Whitlock (Joann), Pierce Glass (Connie), and Linda Spradlin. She also leaves behind her special daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Bud Doughtie, and her special friend, Teresa Doughtie.
Lillie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur Johnson; her daughters, Betty Aaron, Patricia Lewis, and Jeanette Johnson; her parents, Pierce and Nazie Whitlock; and her son-in-law, James Aaron. Each of these individuals held a special place in her heart, and she carried their memories with her every day.
Those who knew Lillie would describe her as loving, kind, and gentle. Her presence was a source of comfort and strength to her family and friends. She was a woman who embodied the virtues of patience, compassion, and unconditional love. Her gentle spirit and kind heart left a lasting impression on everyone she met.
As we bid farewell to Lillie Francis Johnson, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a heart that loved without limits. Her memory will continue to be a guiding light for her family, and the melodies she shared will echo in their hearts forever. Lillie's life was a melody of love and kindness, and her song will never be forgotten.
Funeral services for Lillie will be held on Sunday, January 21st, 2024, at 2:00 PM (EST) at the Lanett Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Fairfax Cemetery. Mr. Steve Jenkins will officiate. Lillie’s family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley and Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EST) until the service hour at the Lanett Church of Christ.
Pallbearers for Lillie’s service will be Kevin O’Riley, Kasey O’Riley, Rusty Brown, Bud Doughtie, Wayne Brown, and Joe Doughtie.
Please visit Lillie’s Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a kind word for her family, to share a memory of Lillie, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.