Josephine Gliwa Johnson

November 30, 1935September 2, 2019

Ms. Josephine Johnson, age 83, of Douglasville, GA passed away, Monday, September 2, 2019. She was born on November 30, 1935 in Tuscaloosa, AL. She retired from the Douglas County Board of Education in the Business Department. Josephine is described as a sweet, loving, and loyal woman. She loved all animals, but especially loved her dogs. She was a doting wife and mother. She was a woman of faith and was an active member of the Douglas County Retired Teachers Association.

Preceding her in death are her husband of many years, “Coach” Jimmy Johnson; her parents, Adam and Cecilia Gliwa; and her brother, Bill Gliwa.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Jan) Johnson and Mark (Kristen) Johnson; her brother, Paul (Barbara) Gliwa; and her three grandchildren, Jade Chumard, Dana Johnson, and Jack Johnson.

The family will be having an inurnment on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Auburn University Veterinary Clinic, 334-844-4690, 1010 Wire Rd, Auburn, AL, 36832,

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Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019


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Barbara Sanders DeMatteis

September 8, 2019

Jo was such a dear person and so helpful at the BOE central office. She will be missed.

Byron Pirkle

September 5, 2019

Mark and Gary, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady. Prayers for you and your families!

Kathy Ward

September 4, 2019

Mark and Kristen, I was saddened to hear that Jo had passed. She was a wonderful mentor to me when I first started to work at CO. I always thought she was so beautiful - inside and out. She will be missed. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.