Joyce Arline (Greer) Johnson

August 12, 1928December 20, 2020

Joyce Arline Johnson died quietly on the evening of December 20, 2020.

The youngest child of Bessie D. Loe and Virgil Bryant Greer, she came into the world August 12, 1928 in the Bear Creek Community, in the Parish of Bienville, LA.

She spent her childhood on the Loe Family Farm in Bienville, LA. The family moved to Shreveport where Bessie operated a sandwich shop and Virgil worked in construction. After school, Joyce would help her Mom, Bessie Greer, in the sandwich shop. By the time that Joyce was in high school, the family had moved to Houston. She graduated from Jefferson Davis High School June 1, 1945. Joyce went to Texarkana to work in her Aunt Gertrude’s Hardware store. It was there that she met the love of her life, Paul Revere Johnson. The couple married January 19, 1945 in Texarkana AK.

Paul and Joyce opened Johnson Appliance Service in 1953. Joyce answered the phones, did the bookkeeping and managed the shop while Paul did service calls. After a few years, the business name was changed to C & J Appliance. Joyce continued working in the office and still found time to take care of her three children. Paul retired from C & J Appliance and turned it over to his eldest son Jimmy. Joyce continued to work answering phone calls and managing the office. In December 2003, the family business was broken into and set on fire. One of the Arson investigators asked her what were she and Paul going to do? Joyce looked at her oldest son, Jimmy, and told him to lower the tailgate of the truck and run a phone line. She stated that the business was still open and sat at the truck tailgate until a better office was established. She retired from C & J Appliance on Thanksgiving 2012.

Joyce and the family began attending Clay Road Baptist Church when the family moved into their home on Railton Street in 1955. She loved the old-time gospel music and enjoyed singing it in church. She loved taking flowers with Ms. Neff on Mondays to the sick and the people who could not make it to church. She would listen to Pastor Bruce’s services on CD when she could not make it physically to Church.

She loved to feed her family, friends and police officers that came by to check on her. Mimi burgers, BLTs, Thanksgiving dinners large enough to feed an army, Disaster cake that tasted delicious and Banana Pudding seemed to be the favorite. If you wanted it, she would make it. Joyce was an avid Astros fan and watched every game she could. Sometimes she would watch the same game twice. Joyce loved chocolate and never met a Hostess cupcake she did not like.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband Paul Revere Johnson; as well as her siblings: Wilma Greer, Marie Greer, Dean Downey, Bob Greer, Jack Greer and Don Greer.

She is survived, loved and missed by her three children and their spouses: Jimmy married Bobbie Bishop, Paula married Larry Hedrick, David married Martha Halsall. She is also survived, loved and missed by her nine grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

The greatest pleasure in her later years was when a grandchild or great grandchild would walk into the room. Her eyes would start to twinkle and she would then the sweetest smile come across her face. It was as if all of her pain and troubles would melt away.

Joyce Arline Johnson, we love you and miss you, never forgotten and always in our heart.

Family and friends will gather and celebrate this wonderful woman’s life during a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021 at Clay Road Baptist Church, 9151 Clay Road in Houston, where Rev. Dr. Bruce Northam will lead funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, also in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you donate to Clay Road Baptist Church, 9151 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77080, (713) 462-3401.


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021


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Gary Greer

January 3, 2021

Our family will all miss Aunt Joyce and her beautiful smile. She was always so caring and sweet to everyone. Our favorite memory was when I asked her after a family reunion if she would mind sharing her banana pudding recipe. She said “Yep, buy a box of vanilla wafers and it’s on the box!

Our love and prayers go out to Jimmy, David, Paula and families.

Bobbie Haines

December 31, 2020

If you had met Aunt Joyce you would surely like her, but If you had the chance to know and spend time with her then you would certainly love her. She had such a sweet personality and always had a kind word just for you. I especially loved her all the more for the love and encouragement she gave my mom when my dad, her brother, was struggling through the years of his illness. You know, she was so much like her mom, my Mam-maw in that she always greeted you with a smile, a big hug and asked if she could fix you something to eat. She always apologized that she had not cooked enough food to eat, but one look at the table proved that in actuality it "runneth over". I so enjoyed our visits when she would tell me stories about growing up with her sisters and their antics as she remembered it from young eyes. I guess my favorite story was when her parents ran-away and eloped to Mena, Arkansas and their two unhappy dads following hastily behind them. We laughed as we mentally imagined the two dads chasing after their youngsters, wielding shotguns. Well, it all worked out as it should and that is where it all began. I loved Aunt Joyce so much and will miss her. There is a sad place in my heart knowing it will be a long time before I see her again, but then there are so many happy memories to remember and fill my heart. Jimmy, Paula, David and family, I will be praying that the Lord covers you with His comfort and peace knowing that she is with her Heavenly Father bouncing around with all the health and energy she used to have. I will miss her. Bobbie

Larry Hedrick

December 31, 2020

So glad that during your last visit to Arkansas, Paula and I were able to take you to Mena and Rich Mountain where your mother and father first started their life together. Rest in peace dear Mother-in-Law. You were loved and will not be forgotten.

Sandra Greer

December 30, 2020

Aunt Joyce was one of the most loving and caring people I have ever known. Always a beautiful smile and something good to say that always made you feel special. God be with each of you , and know that you are loved.I will miss her . Love Sandra