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Phylliss Andrea Smith Johnson
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Birth: Oct. 17, 1946
Death: May 27, 2011

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Phyliss Andrea Johnson age 64, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 27, 2011. She was born on October 17, 1946. She was preceeded in death by her father, Ardell Smith,Sr.

Her mother, Estella, married Charles Moss, Sr. (deceased), and of this union she was raised from a very young age. She was educated at Howard Roosa Elementary School and Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville In.

Phyliss accepted Christ as her Savior as a small child at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Dr. Charles H. King Jr. She later joined Memorial Baptist Church where she grew with the spiritual guidance of her "loving Pastor and friend", Rev. Adrian Brooks. Phylliss was first employed at the Evansville State Hospital. From there she worked for several other organizations including the Pigeon Township Assessors Office. Turtle Creek Nursing Home, Kraft General Foods, and Emgee Meats. She was ultimately hired in the job she most adored serving as Property Manager at Liberty Terrace Apartments. Here she shared a reciprocated love with tenants for 17 and a half years. She took pride in the appearance of the property and was most excited when it received an award from Operation City Beautiful for its outstanding landscaping and exterior appearance designed and crafted by her own hands.

In 1979, she was united in holy matrimony to Charles Richard Johnson, whom she dearly loved.

She was a faithful member of the Memorial Baptist Church were she served in many ministries. She sang with Voices of Praise. Her passion and call was working with the youth. She co-Directed the D4J (Dances 4 Jesus) praise dancers. She taught Vacation Bible School and would spend her vacation time chaperoning at out-of-state youth conferences. She was rarely seen without her shadow, great-granddaughter Ni'Ya March. Phyliss was very artistic and known for creativity, Whether fine cuisine or home cooked soul food, her cooking was second to none. She was a perfected seamstress. Not only sewing much of her wardrobe, but she adorned many weddings and proms. She used her sewing talent in service to the church. She made usher board uniforms for Nazarene Baptist Church, children choir robes for Liberty Baptist Church, and baptistmal gowning and the dance attire for D4J at Memorial. Phyliss thoughts and opinions were rarely a secret, you always knew where she was coming from, as her thoughts and opinions usually made it to her lips. However, friends never had time to dwell on her candid openness as it would often end with, "By the way. I made you your favorite dish or baked your favorite cake!"

She leaves to cherish many friends fond memories, her husband of 32 years Charles R. Johnson; a son Michael Howard; two daughters Tamera Moredock (Charles), Desiree Johnson; step daughter Su'Wuan Johnson-Williams of Memphis TN, grand-daughter LaKeecha March; mother Estella Moss; brothers Ardell Smith Jr.(Patti), and Charles Moss, Jr. sisters Sheila Spencer, Deborah Monroe of Fairfield, Ca and Angie Small; half brother Anthony Smith and David Harris ; half sisters, Kimberly Payne of St. Louis, Mo. Sonya Freeman and Gayle Broome both of Indianapolis, Lynne Farmer and Lee Ann Smith; sister-in-law, Delores Freeman (Wallace). Additionally she leaves behind six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and many friends.

Funeral services 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Baptist Church.Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Baptist Church

Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Rev. Adrian Brooks officiating

Mason Brother Memorial Chapel handling arrangements 1001 Lincoln Ave.

Published in Courier Press on May 31, 2011
Oak Hill Cemetery
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: May 31, 2011
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