Dolores Johnson

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Dolores Johnson
AIKEN, SC - Funeral service for Mrs. Dolores Johnson will be 2pm
tomorrow, January 12, 2017 at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. T.C. Edwards officiating. The remains will lie in state in the church from 1pm until the hour of service. The family will assemble at her residence, 611 Camellia St NE at 1:15pm.
Family and friends may call the funeral home today after 1pm. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening beginning at 6pm.
Ending a life well lived and well loved, Dolores Flanagan Johnson, age 88, was called to her eternal home on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the presence of her loved ones. She was born in New York, NY on December 7, 1928 to the late Bertha Bouknight Flanagan of Edgefield, SC and Clinton Stoney Flanagan of Augusta, GA. She moved to South Carolina to join her beloved husband the late Ladeveze Wilson Johnson, a native of Aiken. Their marriage produced two daughters, Sylvia Dolores Johnson and Sheila Johnson Girard (Tim) of Kenner, LA. She leaves behind beloved cousins Helen Taylor, Deloris Banks, Barbara Holmes of Hempstead, NY; James Jackson and Tanya White of Washington, DC; and Michael Jackson of Atlanta, GA . She is survived by sisters-in law Cecilia Johnson McGhee and Rosalie Nelson Johnson, her goddaughter Margaret Rose Johnson Sydney as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, and friends.
A graduate of the New York Lincoln School of Nursing, Mrs. Johnson used her medical skills and compassion to serve the Aiken County community in various capacities throughout her life. In the 1950's she was the first African-American Registered Nurse on staff at Aiken County Hospital in addition to being the first African-American Home Health RN in the Aiken County Health Department during the early 1970's. Her nursing career also included service at the Margaret J. Weston Clinic and the Aiken Youth Correctional Center.
Mrs. Johnson was an active part of the Aiken community for almost 70 years. She was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church, and participated in the Eastern Star and the Smith-Hazel Senior Group in recent years. An avid reader, Mrs. Johnson devoured mysteries and thrillers by authors including James Patterson, David Baldacci and Dean Koontz. Mrs. Johnson, who loved to meet new people and experience new cultures, traveled to Egypt, Australia, Europe as well as Canada, Mexico and various Caribbean islands including Haiti.
As a native of New York City, the striking natural beauty of Aiken continued to amaze her. She delighted in cultivating plants and could readily name any plant in the vicinity and preferred growing conditions. Mrs. Johnson loved animals and nurtured the neighborhood stray cats. She leaves to grieve her departure "Tuffy"and "Charlie" who slept at her feet each night. Also, Mrs. Johnson loved to dance and listen to good music, particularly jazz, having seen the greats such as Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington , Biilly Eckstine and Count Basie live as a teenager. She passed this love for music on to her children and those who knew her.
A heartfelt thanks from Mrs. Johnson's family to the many people who helped her including the staff at Right at Home agency, the nurses and staff at the Aiken Regional Medical Center PCU, and dear neighbors, church members and friends.
To celebrate her life, donations may be made in honor of Mrs. Johnson to the or perform a random act of kindness. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at G. L. Brightharp Funeral Home in Aiken from 6-8pm. Funeral services will take place Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2pm at Friendship Baptist Church in Aiken.
Family and friends may call the funeral home today after 1pm. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening beginning at 6pm.
G.L. BRIGHTHARP & SONS MORTUARY 390 BEAUFORT ST AIKEN (803)648-0134
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G L Brightharp & Sons Mortuary
390 Beaufort St Ne
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 648-0134
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star from Jan. 3 to Jan. 11, 2017
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