Melba Johnson was born on October 31, 1923 to Clement Holland and Irene Holland Brown in Pleasant Hill, TX. She was the 1st born of nine children. At the age of 28yrs old, Mrs. Johnson moved to Amarillo, TX. In 1951, She met and married Henry Johnson in 1966. In 1968, Melba went to work for NWTH until she retired in 1985. After retirement, she helped raise her 14 grandchildren and babysat family and friends’ children. Mrs. Johnson united with the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Bishop James Mims, for many years until her failing health prevented her from attending church. She was a faithful servant who loved her church family greatly. Mrs. Johnson had a big and loving spirit, she never met a stranger who she would not open her home too. Her favorite saying was “I am doing good for an old lady” and her favorite praise song was “Glory Glory Hallelujah.” She earned her Mansion, Robe, and Crown. Well done my good and faithful servant! Well done!
Preceding her in death is her husband, parents, son Eugene Jones, sisters Dorothy Wooten, Verbena Wright, and Audree Winston. Her brothers James Holland, Clement Holland Jr., and Georgia Holland. Her one and only pastor who she called her son, the late Bishop James Mims, and a special friend Mammie Bailey.
She leaves to continue her legacy, her daughters, Elaine Mitchell and Shirley (Larry) Hawthorne in Amarillo, TX, one sister; Tommie Holland Oakland, CA and a brother; Benny Holland Longview, TX, her loving 13 grandchildren Litsandra Hawkins, Chris Jones (Amy), Anthrone ( Tasha) Jones., Michael Jones (Angela)., Antia Jones., Monica Jones., Aresha Mitchell, Laquenta Lewis (Bobby), Allante Demerson, Ebony Rodgers., Andrea ( Ivory) Johnson, Daunte Johnson, Laquisha ( Kambryell) Jeffery, and Tydreca Durley, 39 beautiful great grandchildren and 4 amazing great-great grandchildren; two special people like her daughters Delois “Lola” Adediran Denton, TX and Sherry Jones Amarillo, TX and a host of nephews, nieces, family, and friends. One special niece Patsy Wright who took time out to express how much her aunt meant to her by sending her birthdays, holidays and even just to say Thank you with love cards every year and all through the year.
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