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Clessia Johnson

Services for Clessia Johnson of Brookhaven are 2 p.m. Sunday atSt. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Caseyville with burial in thechurch cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. with a family hourfrom 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Johnson, 88, died Oct. 2, 2005, at Haven Hall NursingCenter. She was born on Oct. 19, 1916, to the late David Wilson andCora Brown Herring.

She was retired. She was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church, whereshe served as church secretary for more than 40 years, as a memberof the motherboard and as a missionary.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, M.B. Johnson;a son, J.W. Johnson; her daughters, Clementine Thompson and MarzellRatcliff; her brothers, Jessie Wilson, Frank Wilson, R.J. Wilsonand Walter Lee Wilson; her sisters, Marlee Johnson and RuthieDixon; and a grandson, Charlie Lee Freeman.

Survivors are her daughter, Nora Lee Freeman and husband R.T.; ason-in-law, Arthur Ratcliff; her brothers, John Henry Dixon andwife Gertha, Fred Wilson and wife Shirley, Prentis Wilson and wifeBeulah, Lonnie B. Dixon and wife Oteal, all of Brookhaven, MelvinDixon, Luther Wilson, Lonnie Wilson and wife Katherine and R.C.Dixon, all of California; her sisters, Geneva Byrd and Almeta Levi,both of Chicago, Lucretia Newton and Edith Dixon, both ofBrookhaven, and Katie Bell Gale and Cora Renna Martin, both ofCalifornia; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and manynieces nephews and other relatives.