OBITUARY

Dr. Wilma Davis Johnson

November 26, 1931October 8, 2020

Wilma Lee Davis Johnson, 88, of Nashville, Tennessee, died October 8, 2020 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Wilma Davis Johnson, was born on November 26, 1931 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to Bratton and Marie (King) Davis. She attended Rock Hill High in Rock Hill, SC. She continued her education at Winthrop in Rock Hill, SC receiving both her BS and MA Degrees there. Later, Wilma earned her Doctorate of Education at Tennessee State University.

Dr. Johnson, a tenured Professor, was retired from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tn where she was employed for 21 years. Her entire career involved teaching. She loved to see her students succeed. She was a lifelong Nazarene and member of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, TN. Wilma will always be remembered for her love of the Lord, her fierce love of her children, cooking and hosting of wonderful meals, as well as her love of missions. She held memberships in Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Wilma had a passion for helping women succeed in the business world. She served faithfully in the ministry of City of Refuge.

She is survived by her five children, Horace Andral Johnson, Jr. (Beverly), David T. Johnson (Lisa), Gina J. Holt (Erik), Karen J. Lawson (Grippie) and Kathryn Johnson-Warner (Ditch); grandchildren, Sam Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Erin Hunt (Preston), Ricky Holt, Katie Stuckey (Bradley), Grippie L. Lawson, III (Alicia),Trevor Lawson (Kristen), Sean Lawson, Jaylen Lawson, Grace Warner and John Warner; great-granchildren, Carson Lawson, Asher Stuckey, Grippie Lee Lawson, IV, Cannon Stuckey, Ellis Lawson, Elouise Lawson and Alfred Rodriguez; sisters, Anne Hood (Dwayne), Emily LaFave (John-deceased) , and Bobbie Deese (Wayne) as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Dr. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Horace A. Johnson and her parents, Marie (King) Davis and Bratton C. Davis, her brother Edward Delane Davis and her grandson, Matthew Clark Johnson; along with several brother and sister in laws.

Visitation will be held on October 12, 2020 from six o’clock until eight o’clock.at Grace Church of the Nazarene, 2620 Pennington Bend Road, Nashville, TN 37214. Funeral service will be held on October 13, 2020 at eleven o’clock with a one hour visitation prior to service.

Flowers can be sent or in lieu of flowers donations made to Nazarene World Missions in care of the Grace Church of the Nazarene, 2620 Pennington Bend Road, Nashville, TN 37214 or City of Refuge Center, PO Box 100066, Nashville, TN 37221.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Jim Hiatt

October 12, 2020

I worked with Wilma most of her 21 years at Trevecca, went to church with her for over 35 years, and served with her on the Church Board. I am smiling as I think of some of the Christian Business Faculty Association Conferences that she and Horace and Judy and I attended. She was a fine Christian lady who will be greatly missed. Love and condolences to her family.

David Southers-Pomeroy

October 12, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss. She was a wonderful person. It truly shows how great she was in her children and grandchildren. This family is great and it is a blessing to know each one. You will be missed Dr. Johnson.

Holly Whitby

October 10, 2020

Wilma Johnson was my advisor at Trevecca. She was one of the first persons I met at the school and she always looked out for me as a young freshman.

Charles Jones

October 10, 2020

It was an honor to be her pastor from 1982 to 1989. Wilma said if we would come to Grace church "we will love your 3 sons". I have never forgotten that. She kept her word. She was always a positive encourager to her pastor and our family. We love the Johnson family and pray for God's comfort during this time. The Jones family

MILES VICKERS

October 10, 2020

Kathy Warner, your Mom and I were not actual acquaintances but I knew who she was when I saw her at Grace Church. I read her obituary and did not realize how well accomplished she was. I reach out to you today so that you and Gina will know that I am praying for you both and your families in the loss of your dear mother. Miles Vickers

Mary Meiners

October 10, 2020

Wilma was a beloved colleague at Trevecca Nazarene University and a real pioneer in business and information systems education.

Lynn Villarreal

October 10, 2020

Some of the best memories of my childhood were potluck at the Johnson house after church.

Emilie LaFave

October 9, 2020

Wilma is my older sister. She was the BEST sister ever and I loved her so very much. She was the best mother, wife and friend. I
look forward to being with her in heaven one day.

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