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Mary Elizabeth (Burke) Johnson

January 5, 1943 ~ September 30, 2021 (age 78)


Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Burke Johnson, age 78, of Swainsboro, GA, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM in the Swainsboro First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating.

Interment will follow in the Eastbrook Cemetery with Rev. Louis Pearce officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 1-2 PM at the Church.

Pallbearers are Slade Burke, Chad Burke, Allan Johnson, Freddy Gillis, Andy Freeman, and Freddie McVey.

Honorary Escorts will be John D. Scott, Wyatt Rich, and Emanuel County Nursing Home Staff.

Mrs. Johnson was born January 5, 1943 to the late Thomas and Roberta Wilson Burke, in Millen, Jenkins County, GA, was a 1961 graduate of Jenkins County High School and received her business certificate from Bolen-Draughon Business College. She began her career in the Woods Products Industry in 1969 with Allied Timber, through the years also known as St. Regis, Champion and for her last 11 years with Rayonier Wood Products.  Mrs. Johnson wore many hats during her 35 years, doing everything from clerical, purchasing, wood procurement, accounting and in the last few years was supervisor of human resources, environmental, health and safety, before retiring.  She was a faithful member of the Swainsboro First Baptist Church where she served many years as a Sunday School teacher for the children's program,  and enjoyed singing in the adult choir.  In addition to her parents was preceded in death by her husband, William Johnson; and brother, Herbert Burke.


Daughter: Beth Johnson Hendrix (Glenn) of Swainsboro, GA

Son: Chris Johnson (Becky Daniels) of Swainsboro, GA

Grandchildren: Haleigh Johnson (Adam Yancey), Alec Hendrix, and Austin Hendrix.

Great-Grandchildren: Lilly Beneteau, Layla Kate Beneteau.

Nieces, Nephews and Extended Family.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, 106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans, GA 30809, or Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 9420 Blackshear Hwy SE, Baxley, GA 31513, or charity of your choice.

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangement for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Johnson of Swainsboro, GA.




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October 2, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Swainboro First Baptist Church
240 W Main St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Funeral Service
October 2, 2021

2:00 PM
Swainboro First Baptist Church
240 W Main St.
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Interment following funeral service
October 2, 2021

Eastbrook Cemetery and Mausoleum

Swainsboro, GA


Georgia Baptist Children's Home
9420 Blackshear Hwy SE,, Baxley GA 31513

Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia
106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans GA 30809

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