Gussie Louise English Johnson

Born: Mon., Jul. 18, 1921
Died: Wed., Apr. 25, 2007

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Gussie Louise English Johnson, age 85, of Penfield, GA, died Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. She was the last of seven children born to the late Stephen Shelby English and Dora Dreyer English both of Penfield. Born on July 18, 1921 she was a lifelong resident of Greene County. She attended school in Penfield and graduated from Greensboro High School. After high school she worked for Chipman Union as a looper. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Penfield Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, James William "J.W." Johnson of Penfield, GA, she is survived by a daughter, Loretta Johnson Whittaker of Penfield, GA; a son, Steve Johnson and wife Kathy of Gulfport, MS; nine grandchildren, Stephen Johnson Jr., Crystal Johnson, James "D" Whittaker, Torrey Whittaker, Pat Crouch, Michael Crouch, Dave Crouch, Dan Crouch and Nita Crouch; and twelve great grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by a daughter and husband, Frances and Anthony Crouch, a son-in-law, Billy Whittaker, a daughter-in-law, Donice Johnson; and her siblings, Pauline Olds, Helen Jarrell, Mary Morris, Noel English, Lewis English and Ragan English.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Penfield Baptist Church with Rev. John McMillian, Rev. Bobby Bear and Rev. David Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in Penfield Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Ryan Mashburn, James Whittaker, Torrey Whittaker, Brent Whittaker, Stephen Johnson Jr. and Tony Ayers. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Larry and Janet (Jones) Brook
   Posted Wed April 25, 2007
We share your sorrow and extend our deepest sympathy. Larry and Janet (Jones) Brook

Rita Rivard Harris
   Posted Thu April 26, 2007
I am so sorry to lose such a wonderful person in all of our lives. She has been an inspiration to me as long as I have known her, and loved her dearly. Mack Harris JR and Rita Rivard-Harris

Lucile Colclough Hulsey
   Posted Thu April 26, 2007
My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you at this special time of grieving for Miss Gussie. She was such a special lady and was so good to my Mother. Mama loved her so much. Loretta, you have taken such good care of your parents all of these years. I always related to you during this time as we shared so much of the same joys as well as sorrows. My heartfelt sympathy to Mr. JW. My husband always spoke so highly of him. Love, Lucile

Lynn Kitchens
   Posted Thu April 26, 2007
Loretta and family, I have very fond memories of Mrs. Gussie- going to church with her for several years. She was a wonderful woman and was loved by many. You will be in my prayers. Lynn Kitchens, Dottie Wray & Jessica Wray

Bob and Helen Pless
   Posted Fri April 27, 2007
J. W. and Family, We are saddened to hear the news of Miss Gussie's passing, but we rejoice that she is now with the Lord. We have such beautiful memories of her and of all your family. She truly lived a wonderful life. She will be missed by all of us. We were not able to attend the funeral since we did not get the news of her passing until Friday afternoon. Our prayers are with you, and we thank God for letting us know Gussie and J.W. God bless! Helen and Bob Pless

Laura S. Stewart
   Posted Sat April 28, 2007
So sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you.

Dee Beeler
   Posted Sat April 28, 2007
Dearest Loretta and family...I am so very very sorry that I had not heard about Gussie..I have been so involved with my Mother in St. Mary's..I loved your Mother dearly, and I will miss her every single day I am in the Nursing Home...My love and prayers are with you all!!!!! DEE

Dan Danza
   Posted Mon April 30, 2007
Please accept my sincerest condolences. I am always saddened when someone dies, although they are at peace, we still miss them very much. Jesus Wept just before he resurrected Lazarus. What comforts me the most is the promises Jesus made of a resurrection (john 11:25) and of Seeing them again and Living Forever with our loved ones, in Paradise (John 3:16,36; Psalm 37:29) (luke 23:43). What also comforts me is that these promises may also comfort your family as well. “Blessed are those who mourn, since they will be comforted” (math5:40; 2Cor1:3,4). Dan Danza ( disabled veteran, USMC