Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.
Home Going Celebration
Mrs. Dorothy LaRuth Freeman Johnson
January 7, 1935 ~ January 15, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Good Hope Baptist Church
1142 Hwy. 162 S
Covington, Georgia 30016
Rev. E J Tomlinson, Pastor, Eulogist
Assisted By Others
It*s been said that there is something unique and very special about birth order, particularly of the middle child of a family. Parker Freeman, Sr. and Iola Camp Freeman got to experience this firsthand on January 7, 1935, when they were blessed with the birth of their fourth child of seven, a daughter, Dorothy LaRuth. *Dot*, as she was affectionately called was no shrinking violet and determined not to "get lost" in the midst of her siblings. She completed elementary school in the Spring Hill Community and began her high school studies at the Washington Street School in Covington. Her husband, son, mother, father, a sister and two brothers all preceded her in death.
She married her childhood friend and lifelong love, John Wesley (J.W.) Johnson in 1957 and they were married for 23 years. They had three children: Keith, Karen, and Kerri. Dot relied heavily on her faith and joined the Good Hope Baptist Church and dedicated her life to being a servant of Christ. She sang in the choir, served as Church Secretary for 26 years and along with her sister, Thomasina founded the JT Davis, Jr. Choir. She also served faithfully on the Pastor*s Aide and Mother Board.
She eventually returned to school to complete her high school diploma. Shortly after, she received her certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), graduating from DeKalb Technical College in 1992.
She retired from Covington Moulding (Guardian) to become a caregiver for her mother. She put her CNA training to use at Covington Manor Nursing Home when her mother, Nanny, became a resident. She would retire from there and then went back as a volunteer. Dot was truly an electric-like social butterfly, who lit up and brightened everything and everyone around her. Dot loved to talk and she was the *go-to* sister, Auntie, and friend. She had a quick wit and would always shoot from-the-hip. Most of all, she was a Proverbs 31, Phenomenal Woman.
Left to treasure her memories are children: Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin B. Kirkland, Sr. (Karen); Mr. and Mrs. Spencer R. Rakestraw (Kerri); Grandchildren: Kelvin, Jr. (KJ), Rashaad, Roshardrick (Pooh), Imari, Devon; Three sisters, (Louise, Patricia and Thomasina) one brother, (Buddy), three sisters-in-law (Gloria, Doris and Carolyn), one brother-in-law (Walt Lewis), three aunts (Ruby Kate, Edith and Katherine Camp) and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Flat Shoals Cemetery
Covington, Georgia 30016
Good Hope Deacon Board
Honorary Flower Ladies
Good Hope Mother Board
The family of Mrs. Dorothy LaRuth Freeman Johnson would like to thank the staff of Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc., Emory University Hospital Medical staff, Wesley Woods, Thomas Johnson, family and friends for your love and support.