God sees when all footsteps falter and the path has grown too steep. Then He touches the weary eyelids and gives His daughter sleep, so it was”.
With most sincere sympathy, we formally announce the passing of Mother Mary Louise Cromartie Johnson, who transitioned from this life on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
Mary Louise Cromartie Johnson was born on August 17, 1929. She departed this life on June 7, 2023. She was the daughter of the late Allen Cromartie, Jr., and the late Mattie Reid Cromartie.
Mary, affectionately known as “Lou,” gave her life to Christ at an early age. She was a faithful and active member of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church all of her life. During her tenure, she served for 43 years as the Financial Secretary. She also served as the Children’s Sunday School Teacher, a Deaconess, and Mother of the Church.
Louise was a retired educator of 34 years. She taught in various school systems in Georgia and made a major impact on thousands of students’ lives. She last worked at Magnolia-Chappell Middle School in the Thomas County School System. Mary Louise was a graduate of Douglas High School, Class of 1946. She received her undergraduate degree from Albany State College and her graduate degree from Florida A&M University, both in education. She was an active member of The Order of the Eastern Star, American Beauty No. 214, The Order of the Golden Circle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lambda XI Omega Chapter (Life Member), Douglas High School Alumni Association, Thomasville-Thomas County Retired Teachers Association, and Albany State University Alumni Association.
Along this journey in life, she married the love of her life, the late Willie H. “Sugar Boy” Johnson, Jr. They were married for 43 years. In addition
to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, William Johnson; brother, Allen Cromartie, III; sisters, Elizabeth Cromartie Taylor, Edythe Cromartie Walker, Geraldine Cromartie Johnson, and Betty Jean Cromartie Davis; and grandson, Brandon Johnson.
She leaves to cherish her memories on earth: her daughters, Cynthia Johnson of Thomasville, GA, Angela Johnson of Camilla, GA, and Minerva Johnson of Albany, GA; son, Marcus (Cynthia) Johnson of Warner Robins, GA; grandchildren, Shayla Davis of Lawrenceville, GA, Brittney (Courtney) White and Breland (Kimbrielle) Johnson,
both of Warner Robins, GA, Ashton Johnson of Byron, GA, Saleeka Merritt, Omar Johnson of Albany, GA, Waheed Johnson of Columbus, OH, Tamika (Samuel) Day of Douglasville, GA, and Timothy Clark of Macon, GA; great-grandchildren, Ahmauri Lewis, Kennedy Wrice, Ryleigh Lovett, Conner White, Kaitlyn Heath, and Brayden Johnson,
all of Warner Robins, GA, Madison Clark, Mackenzie Clark, and Mason Clark, all of McDonough, GA, Jashae Day, Emeri Day, and Avery Day, all of Douglasville, GA, and Areianna Merritt, Serenity Merritt, and Ivy Merritt of Albany, GA; brothers and sisters, Retired MSgt Otis (Joyce) Cromartie, Sr., of North Chicago, IL, Hayward (Georgia) Cromartie of Thomasville, GA, Mattie Brown, and Maggie Hopkins of Washington, DC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.