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Carolyn Johnson

July 10, 1945 — March 23, 2019

Wrens, GA

Carolyn Kennedy Johnson

Wrens, GA  –              Mary Carolyn Kennedy Johnson, 73, loving wife of 55 years to Henry Clayton Johnson III, entered into her eternal rest early Saturday morning, March 23, 2019 at her home. Graveside services to celebrate her life will be held in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery at 3:00 P.M. Monday afternoon, March 25, 2019 with Rick Carver officiating.  The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. prior to graveside services.

One of five children born to the late Beulah Grace Farmer Kennedy and the late Martin Luther Kennedy, Carolyn grew up in Russellville KY and graduated from Olmstead High School.  She fell in love and married a soldier stationed at Ft. Campbell. Shortly after marriage in 1964, they were transferred to Ft. Gordon and made their home in Wrens.  Carolyn accepted Jesus as her Savior as a teenager in KY and served Him as a member of Wrens United Methodist Church.  She has been described as a feisty little firecracker full of energy and life.  She went everyday to the post office to check her mail just so she could see people and get caught up on the news. A people-person, she was not a stranger to anyone. Her fun-loving spirit was contagious.  She loved to laugh, to tell and hear good jokes, and to dance and sing with her grandchildren. One of her most favorite places to go was to Harrah’s in Cherokee.  Carolyn loved her family unconditionally—they were her first priority in life.  A great cook, she found much pleasure in cooking for her family.  She made their family dinners a time of love, a time of fellowship, and a time to store her treasures on earth—precious memories stored in her heart.  A loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Carolyn will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Carolyn is also preceded in death by three siblings, Ann Davis, Geraldine Fortney and Danny Kennedy.  Other survivors include her children, Samantha J. Thrift (Arty) and Hank Johnson (Tiffany); a sister, Frances Kennedy Jones; four grandchildren, Kent Thrift (Katelyn), Ansley Thrift, Colby Johnson and Briley Johnson; nieces, nephews, church family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Arrington, Clete Clark, Wayne Favors, Larry McGraw, Rhett Reid and Andy Walden.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor be made to the Shriners Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607 or online at


To Those Whom I Love

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that I have had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love each have shown
But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It is only for a while that we must part
So cherish the memories in your heart.
I will not be far away, for life goes on.
So, if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can not see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All of my love around  you soft and clear.
Then, when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and a
“Welcome Home”.
Mary Alice Ramish

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Service Schedule

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Monday, March 25, 2019

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Monday, March 25, 2019

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wrens Memorial Cemetery

Hill St, Wrens, GA 30833

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