OBITUARY

Mary Alice Powell Johnston

February 14, 1925June 22, 2020
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Funeral services for Mary Alice Powell Johnston, 95, will be Friday, June 26 at 5pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw, GA. Pastor Spencer Haygood from Orange Hill Baptist Church will be officiating with written remarks provided by Pastor Elton Bryan from Hope Mills Pentecostal Holiness Church. The family will receive friends from 3:30-5:00 prior to the service.

Mrs. Johnston died June 22 in her assisted living residence at Celebration Village, Acworth GA. She lived independently at her personal home in Acworth the year prior. She is survived by her son, Ralph Johnston Jr. and his wife Lisa Johnston; one sister, Myrtle Hays of Sebastian Florida; two grandchildren, Lisa Johnston Doolittle (Ben Doolittle) and Chris Johnston; seven great-grandchildren (Caleb Doolittle, Loryn Doolittle, Elijah Doolittle, Adyson Doolittle, Noah Doolittle, Aiden Johnston, and Erin Johnston).

Mrs. Johnston was born February 14, 1925, in Fort Meade, Florida. She was a loving, giving, devoted mother to her son and to her husband (the late Ralph Johnston Sr). She loved her family, friends, and a deep love for her Lord Jesus. She was selfless, always putting others ahead of herself. She expressed a love for even those she may have just met. Numerous staff at her assisted living remarked how she was their favorite and loved her dearly.

Mrs. Johnston was a member of numerous churches in her life in Florida and North Carolina concluding with Hope Mills Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hope Mills NC. She also loved listening to church services on television when she wasn’t able to attend. She especially enjoyed gospel music.

Mrs. Johnston enjoyed many activities and hobbies over the years including bowling, working on puzzles, reading suspense stories, studying her Bible, fishing, cooking (some favorites included key-lime pie, cranberry salad and cheese potatoes), traveling, bird watching, and gardening, where she especially loved cultivating day lilies in her yard. She named each flower, took photos of them, and kept them in a scrapbook. She also loved having dogs around the house and kept a daily diary throughout most of her life. One of her favorite activities in her later years was seeing her great-grandkids.

Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe Powell and Veda Mae Albritton, her husband (Ralph Johnston Sr), her sister, Juanita Creamer, and her brother Arthur Powell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Hope Mills Pentecostal Holiness Church PO BOX 528, Hope Mills, NC 28348.

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    Friday, June 26, 2020

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    Friday, June 26, 2020

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Darlene Rader

June 25, 2020

Your Mother was a very sweet and lovely lady. She was one of the first people I met when we moved in the neighborhood. She was so welcoming. She shared her wonderful cheese potatoes recipe with me, as well as good conversation. I purchased one of her lovely quilts at the sale. It is special to me, not only because of its beauty, but because it was hers. It was obvious talking to her what a wonderful and full life she enjoyed and especially obvious how proud and how much she loved her family. Our sincere condolences Butch, Lisa and family.
Darlene and Jim Rader

John Powell

June 25, 2020

Aunt Mary was a kind, caring, giving, and a loving person. She always made time for others. She was able to see the good in people and helped many of them during their time of need.

When I was growing up, I always looked forward to visiting her on summer break. We enjoyed fishing at the Coastal home. Later on while stationed at Fort Bragg, my wife and I had the privilege of staying with her until our on base housing was available. I treasured those times with her very much.

Butch and family, please know that Aunt Mary was very proud and loved all of you very much.

I will truly miss her.

Patsy Liles & William Smith

June 24, 2020

I will always remember Mrs. Johnson for her love of flowers.
She had a way with all things beautiful. She was indeed a treasure to us. The sun is a little dimmer today with this beautiful Lady’s passing, but We know that Heaven is aglow. Prayers of comfort to Butch and Family.

Carey Files

June 24, 2020

I was honored to care for Ms. Mary the last 6 months. What a beautiful soul & joy to be with. I will remember you always sweet lady, a piece of you will remain in my heart forever. ❤️ Carey Files

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