Deborah Kendrick Johnson
Wrens, GA – Deborah Diane Kendrick Johnson, 62, suddenly and tragically died from injuries sustained in a house fire Friday morning, April 26, 2019. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 P.M., Friday afternoon, May 3, 2019 with Rev. Dewain French officiating and Rev. Kara Pringle presiding. Interment will follow in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Born to the late Janelle Elizabeth James Kendrick and the late Buck Kendrick, Debbie grew up and has spent all of her life in the Blythe-Matthews-Wrens-Stapleton-Avera area. She attended Waldens United Methodist Church while living in the Avera area. After graduating from Wrens High School, she worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant in various area nursing homes. She then worked for a short while with Helping Hands Janitorial Service before going back to what she loved doing—helping others as a CNA at Thomson Manor and then Eden Gardens in SC. Moving in with her daughter, she became a stay-at-home “Nana”—a job she considered to be a joy. Debbie enjoyed fishing, playing cards, dancing, playing with her grandkids and being outdoors, where she was often found “digging for treasures”. She had a spontaneous, playful personality and a “heart of gold”.
Debbie was joined in death by her grandson, Zaydan Johnson; and was also preceded in death by her siblings, Barbara Williams, Helen Coxwell, John Patrick James and Willie James. Those left to cherish her memory include her two children, Selena D. Johnson and Robert Jackson Attaway; three granddaughters, Zykeria Johnson, Anyia Johnson and Kierra Johnson; three sisters, Kitty Nunn, Marilyn Hughes, and Sue Doan; her “adopted, god-sister”, Catherine Hannah; nieces, nephews and many friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Obertino Bedolla, Harris eaves, Dolton Hickenbottom, Gary James, Caleb Kennedy, Tobias McCladdy, Johnny Smith and Rashaun Walker.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday evening, May 2, 2019.
Due to this sudden, unexpected tragedy, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens GA 30833.
When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget, if you can, that I ever frowned
And only remember the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won ‘ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day.
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay;
And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west,
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.