Ruth Evelyn (Derry) Johnson (1931 - 2020)

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Service Information
Lying in State
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. James Missionary Baptist Church
West Lincoln Street
Ludowici, GA
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Funeral service
Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020
11:00 AM
St. James Missionary Baptist Church
West Lincoln Street
Ludowici, GA
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Ruth Evelyn Derry Johnson was born January 28, 1931, in Waycross, Ga. The third of eight children born to Reverend Myles & Eula (Andrews) Derry. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined St. James Baptist Church, in Ludowici, Ga, where she sang in the choir, served on the finance committee, trustee board, and served faithfully as a deaconess until her health failed. She was educated locally in the Long County Public School System, and graduated from Savannah State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She furthered her education at Columbia University in New York City, where she earned a M. Ed. Degree in Education.

After graduation she taught in the Lincolnton County (Ga.) School System, and later returned to Long County, where she retired after 42 years of dedicated service. In addition to her teaching obligation and responsibilities, she was a high school chorus director and senior class advisor at Walker High School. As a teacher, she believed in teaching values (""Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it"" Prov. 22:6). She loved teaching and instilled in her students that ""education is the key to success"". Most importantly, she prepared them for the future, (""where there is no vision, the people perish"" Prov. 29:18). She touched the lives of many and will be remembered as a dedicated and committed educator. It was her goal for all of her students to be successful in life.

She leaves to cherish her memory: One sister Susie M. Hall, Denver, Co; one daughter Dr. Dolores (Wendell) Mallard, and two sons Wilbur Johnson, Jr. and Gregory Allen Derry (who preceded her in death); all from Ludowici, Ga. Five grandchildren, Derek Perry (who preceded her in death), LaTanya Johnson, Dr. Kenia (Chris) Lewis, Wendell Jerrel Mallard, Dr. Brittany (Robert) Jackson. A host great grands, devoted family, relatives, and friends. A special devoted caregiver, Tracy Masson (adopted granddaughter) Jesup, Ga.

There will not be a wake/visitation. Remains will lie in state one hour prior to services.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, West Lincoln Street, Ludowici, Ga. 31316. Bishop Andrew L. Williams, Presiding; Rev. Dr. James L. Evans, Eulogist . Interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Ludowici, Ga.

Final arrangements entrusted to Royal Funeral Home, Inc., Jesup, Ga.
Published in Coastal Courier from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, 2020
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