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 Elizabeth “Bessie” <I>Tankersley</I> Johnson

Elizabeth “Bessie” Tankersley Johnson

Gorman, Eastland County, Texas, USA
Death 8 Jul 1977 (aged 76)
Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, USA
Burial Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 18567123 · View Source
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Born the second daughter of Doc and Sallie Tankersley, Bessie married Charlie Thomas Johnson and gave him six children:

• Jewel Earline Johnson
• Herchel Martin Johnson
• Bessie Ruth Johnson
• Donald Fred Johnson
• Opal Jean Johnson Cole
• Shirley Joan "Jodie" Johnson Majors

And though her headstone records her as Elizabeth, her immediate birth family knew her as Bessie Elizabeth.

Her sister, Mattie Ruth Tankersley, insisted we learn her siblings' proper names--and Ruth told us Elizabeth was Bessie's MIDDLE name. We did not forget, Nana.

Bessie was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt; wife, mother and grandmother.




  • Maintained by: Debra Rodgers Blackmon
  • Originally Created by: Brenda Chrane Michael
  • Added: 23 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18567123
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Bessie” Tankersley Johnson (11 Jan 1901–8 Jul 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18567123, citing Rocky Creek Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Debra Rodgers Blackmon (contributor 47881552) .