Martha Ellen McArthur Johnson

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Martha Ellen McArthur Johnson died peacefully April 29, 2014 in Anniston after a lengthy illness. Her funeral will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel, 5434 Old Birmingham Highway in Tuscaloosa. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. with the service to be held at 2 p.m. Graveside will follow at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. David Hodnett from First Presbyterian Church of Anniston will officiate. She was born August 9, 1926 in Americus, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill (Punk) Johnson; parents, Mae Ellen and James G. McArthur; brother, Jim McArthur. Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Bass (Phillip), of Anniston; son, Bill Johnson (Donna), of Helena; grandchildren, Ashley Martin (Grant), Clay Bass (Abby), Margaret Ellen Cornwell (Joey), William Johnson and Fletcher Johnson; great-grandchildren, Riley Bass, Jackson Bass and Gracie Cornwell. Martha Ellen moved to Tuscaloosa from Americus in 1961 where she was program director for WCFT-TV and also had a program "Breakfast at The Stafford". She retired from The Tuscaloosa County Courthouse after 27 years and later moved to Anniston in 2005. She resided at Autumn Cove Assisted Living where they loved her as much as her family did. She always believed in serving her community, helping others less fortunate and enjoyed working with young people. She was a member of First Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa where she taught Sunday school and later joined First Methodist Church of Northport near her home. She attended four Democratic National Conventions as a delegate and was a charter member and secretary of the Tuscaloosa Democrats, advisor for The Young Democrats at The University of Alabama and co-chaired Jimmy Carter's presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 for Tuscaloosa County as they were childhood friends. She was on The Tuscaloosa County Democratic Executive Committee as well as the State Democratic Executive Committee. She volunteered for The YMCA, DCH Cancer Center, as she was a 25 year cancer survivor, American Legion, The United Way where she served as the Tuscaloosa County Government Chair, was on The Meals on Wheels advisory board and The State Small Business Administration board. She was recognized by The Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa for their "Women Helping Women's" program and was a member of The Business and professional Women's Association. She was an excellent cook and had a cooking column in The Northport Gazette. Pallbearers will be Judge Hardy McCollum, Tommy Hester, Robert Downing, Cary Williams, Jonathan McAllister, Frankie Hamiter, Ray Allen, Hillary Jeffcoat, Billy May and Chuck Malone. Honorary pallbearers are Lee Hallman and past and present employees of The Tuscaloosa County Courthouse. Flowers will be accepted and memorial contributions can be made to Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Treatment Center in Tuscaloosa. The family would like to thank Autumn Cove for their love and support for her throughout the years and Life Choice Hospice, as well as Chaplain Jon Guthery for his devotionals and love.
Published in The Anniston Star on May 2, 2014
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