Daughter, Neighbor, Educator, Confidant, Servant, but more importantly, a Child of the King! We remember Sonya Bernice Johnson, born on January 5, 1965, in Montgomery, Alabama, to the late Odis Edward Johnson and Ernestine H. Johnson. When Sonya became eight years old, her parents relocated to Houston, Texas. It was shortly thereafter she confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church of Houston, Texas, and was one of the first group of youth to receive holy baptism at the ministry’s new sanctuary in the mid-1970s.
Sonya received her early education in the Houston Public School System at Mable Wesley Elementary, Black Junior High and Scarborough High School. She furthered her formal education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Special Education Generic. She earned a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston – Clearlake, and received a Principal Certification Program with the State of Texas Region IV Education Service.
Sonya had an incredible passion for young people and devoted her professional career as an educator and administrator in the Galena Park Independent School District and Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District of Houston, Texas.
Ms. Johnson transitioned from this life on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. She leaves to cherish her memories and honor her legacy a loving and devoted mother, Ernestine Hinson Johnson; five aunts, Arthurine Hinson Wilson, of Chicago, Illinois, Bernice Hinson Stewart and Nadine Hinson of Montgomery, Alabama, Eleanor Jean Johnson Bailey and Anita Bernice Johnson Hicks of Houston, Texas; two uncles, Carl Hinson of Chicago, Illinois, Fred D. Johnson (Mary) of Houston, Texas, Gerald Alexander of Atlanta, Georgia; and a God-daughter, Beulah Hardy of Oakdale, Louisiana. As an only child, Sonya enjoyed a host of cousins who grew with her and she cherished their close-knit relationship from her childhood to adulthood. She especially cherished her community service with the sisterhood of Gamma Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Her warm, congenial personality and loving spirit will be missed by her extensive list of family, friends and colleagues, as well as her beloved church family of the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.