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Johnnie McGee-Ford


1954 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Johnnie McGee-Ford Obituary
was born on July 17, 1954 to union of the late Elder Clarence McGee and the late Freddie Mae Tyler-McGee in Ruleville, Mississippi. Johnnie was a champion for education and graduated in the top ten of her high school and College graduating classes. She is a prestigious alumnus from Rust College and Delta State University. She served as a Special Education teacher for over 30 years educating scholars in Yazoo City, MS and West Helena, AR. Upon moving to Gary, IN to marry the love of her life, Arvee Ford, Jr., she began teaching for the Gary Community School Corporation. She taught thousands of students at Dunbar Pulaski Middle School and eventually retired from Roosevelt High School. Johnnie was extremely involved at her church, New Bethel Fellowship COGIC, as the nursery director, Sunday School teacher, and she also assisted with Vacation Bible School and Food Pantry. She never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with virtually anyone. Johnnie loved planting flowers and selling Mary Kay.On March 12, 2016 at 11:00pm, Johnnie transitioned into her heavenly home. She is preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, Margaret Rebecca, husband, Arvee, one brother, Charles McGee, and one sister, Lois Byrd. Johnnie's memory will be cherished by 4 sisters; Wiltha (Pastor Willie) Winfrey (Indianapolis, IN), Gloria (Jeff) Williams, Pearl (Elder James) Hairlson (both of Gary, IN), and Shirley (Karl) Fry (Memphis, TN) and 3 brothers; Clarence (Minnie) McGee (Merrillville, IN), Jesse (Joyce) McGee (Bartlett, TN) and Alonzo (Denise) McGee (Memphis, TN); 2 sister in laws, Joyce Bates (Birmingham, AL), Victoria Ford (Merrillville, IN) and one brother in law, Glenn Ford (Gary, IN) uncle; John McGee (Chicago, IL) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation Friday, March 18, 2016. 12:00pm-8:00pm with Family Hour from 6:00-7:00pm at Guy & Allen 2959 West 11th Ave Gary, IN. Homegoing Celebration, Saturday, March 19, 2016 Visitation 10:00am until funeral at 11:00 a.m. New Bethel Fellowship COGIC 110 West 43d Ave. Gary, IN. Pastor Kevin Warren is the eulogist.
Published in the Post Tribune on Mar. 16, 2016
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