Juanita Fulton Johnson was the second of six children born to Frank and Flaxie Harris Fulton in Farmville. She joined St. Stephen AME Zion Church in 1952. At an early age, Juanita expressed an interest in music, learned to play the piano, and later in life became the pianist for Roberson Missionary Baptist Church, Provident Baptist Church and Mt. Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated from H.B. Suggs High School and matriculated to Fayetteville State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.
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Juanita began her career at Bethel Union, teaching the third grade. She spent over 30 years teaching in Pitt County, retiring from Bethel Elementary School where she taught first grade.
An avid supporter of her alma mater as well as that of her late husband, Juanita enjoyed working with both Fayetteville State University and North Carolina A&T State University alumni associations. She was an active member of the NC Retired Teachers Association, the Bachelor Benedict Club, Pitt County Council on Aging, East Carolina Council of Boy Scouts, the United Way, Meals on Wheels, and the Bethel Senior Citizens Organization. Her love and commitment to community service was recognized throughout the state. She received awards from the Pitt County Mental Health Association, North Carolina Association of Educators, Operation Sunshine, and the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Bethel Rotary Club and received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from Governor James G. Martin. In 2013, she was named Grand Marshall of the Bethel Union 100 Year Reunion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Pete" Johnson and leaves to celebrate her life a daughter, Bernita Johnson-Gabriel of Chicago; brother, John Wesley Fulton of Yanceyville; sister, Mary Frances Ford of Washington, DC; five nieces; and a host of relatives and friends.
Service will be held Friday, May 16, 2014 at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville. The viewing will be held from noon until 2 p.m. and service will start promptly at 2 p.m.
Professional services entrusted to Fulton Funeral Home, Yanceyville, and Congleton Memorial Mortuary, Greenville.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Pitt County Chapter of the Fayetteville State Alumni Association in care of Roscoe Locke, President, 401 Arbor Drive, Greenville, NC 27858.
Fulton Funeral Home
219 Dillard School Drive
Yanceyville, NC 27379
Published in The Daily Reflector on May 14, 2014