Hettie McIver Johnson was born on August 30, 1926 to the late Jasper and Hattie (Evers) McIver in Lumberton, North Carolina. She went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2019 at Harbor Grace Hospice Care in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hettie moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a young adult where she worked as a skilled seamstress. In 1971 she married Philemon S. Johnson, Sr. and they returned to Lumberton, North Carolina where they built their forever home on the McIver family home place in the Pleasant Meadow community.
Hettie loved life and especially loved gardening, working in her grape vineyard, socializing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She is known affectionately by her family as “Green”.
Hettie had a strong faith in God and was a member of Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Lumberton, North Carolina from the early 1970s. She worked diligently in the church for many years on the Ushers Board and as a Communion Steward.
Hettie was also active in her community. She was a long time member of the Progressive Garden Club where she was Treasurer. Hettie was a faithful member of the Ambassadors for Christ organization and was responsible for communications; and as a breast cancer survivor she enjoyed delivering supplies to cancer patients with the Reach to Recovery organization. Hettie was also a member of the Privilege Plus Club.
Hettie was preceded in death by her father and mother, Jasper and Hattie McIver; her loving husband, Philemon Johnson, Sr; her daughter, Connie Lee Johnson; stepson, Kenneth (Kenny) Johnson; four sisters: Marion Alsbrook, Mildred McIver, Lorene Strickland, and Vivian McIver; and three brothers: Jasper McIver, Jr., Thomas McIver, and Alex “Edward” McIver.
Hettie leaves to cherish her memory: her loving children, Weldon (Mary) McIver of Austin, Texas and Constance (Shawn) Barr of Atlanta, Georgia; two stepsons, Ronnie (Jessie) Johnson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Philemon Johnson, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Velma Young of Lumberton, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Norman (Theresa) Johnson, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, Terrence (Shashauna) McIver of Houston, Texas, Teran (Evangeline) McIver of Atlanta, Georgia, and Trenise McIver of Austin, Texas; nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
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