Jeanette M. (Maltby) Johnson

Born: Sun., Mar. 14, 1926
Died: Fri., May 25, 2018


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Tue., May 29, 2018
Location: Garfield Baptist Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., May 29, 2018
Location: Garfield Baptist Church


Location: Hebron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the passing of Mrs. Jeanette M. Johnson, Age 92, a resident of Garfield, GA on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro, GA.

Mrs. Johnson (often referred to by Meme) was born March 14, 1926 in Garfield, Emanuel County, GA, to the late Ralph and Lillie Bell Kelly Maltby.  She was united in marriage to the late Bernon Johnson on May 1, 1947 in Statesboro, GA.  He preceded her death on May 21, 2007.  They were married for 59 blissful years and had two daughters Glenda Gignilliat and Nancy Johnson.  Ms. Johnson was a wonderful Dietician at Twin View Nursing Home in Twin City.  She was a member of Garfield Baptist Church, Garfield Women’s Community Club, an avid reader and loved to sing, loved cooking, canning and gardening and always had a smile and laughter. Many considered her to be an angel on earth.  Now she is an angel in heaven. 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Bernon Johnson, she was preceded in death by her five wonderful and protective brothers, George, Hugh, Thomas, Billy and Curtis Maltby.

Survivors include:

Two proud Daughters and son-in law:  Glenda Gignilliat (Mac) of Sylvania, GA, and Nancy Johnson of Statesboro, GA

Two loving Grandchildren: Scott Gignilliat of Millegeville, GA and Karah G. Simmons with her husband Alex Simmons of Bluffton, SC

Four blessed Great-Grandsons:  Gavin Gignilliat, Cayson Simmons, Cole Simmons and Cooper Simmons.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 2 P.M. at Garfield Baptist Church with Elder Tommy Rountree officiating.

The family will greet friends to remember and celebrate the life of Jeanette (Meme) Johnson at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Hebron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are:  Scott Gignilliat, Alex Simmons, Gavin Gignilliat, Cayson Simmons, Cole Simmons, and Cooper Simmons.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo Street, Statesboro, GA 30458

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Jeanette M. Johnson of Garfield, GA



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Susan Hall Bazemore
   Posted Sun May 27, 2018
Glenda and Nancy sorry for your loss, Mrs. Jeanette was a very special lady I will keep you in my prayers.

Mr &mrs Winston Sibley
   Posted Sun May 27, 2018
We were sadden to hear of Meme death,she was a sweet and kind lady and will be missed by many people.our prayers for her family
Win& Dot

Angelia Handberry Walker
   Posted Mon May 28, 2018
So sorry for your loss.

Glynn Lamb
   Posted Mon May 28, 2018
Sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. I know its been many, many years since I last saw or spoke with anyone, I still will miss and do miss you all.

Jill Walker
   Posted Tue May 29, 2018
I will forever love and miss my friend, Lean Jean the beauty queen. She was so very special to me. One of the sweetest and most thoughtful people I have ever known. I had the honor during my years working at Browns Health & Rehab. I feel so very blessed to have known her. She was an angel on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, her loving family. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.

Jimmy Womack
   Posted Tue May 29, 2018
We will surely miss a sweet godly lady!
With love, Jimmy & Diane Womack

Albert Jones
   Posted Fri June 29, 2018
One of the most pleasant people I have ever known. Always smiling. Gracious and humble. God Bless You.