Jannetta “J. J.” Faires Johnson, age 93, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, after developing pneumonia and having congestive heart failure. She is survived by her two sons & daughters-in-law, Tom & Nancy Clack Johnson and Rick & Tommie Ann Wages Johnson all of Lawrenceville, GA; five grandchildren, Thomas & Taylor Johnson of Cumming, GA, David Alan Johnson and fiancée, Lauren Franklin of Atlanta, GA, Matthew Wages Johnson of Lawrenceville, GA, Kathryn Marie Johnson of Atlanta, GA, and Samuel Joseph Johnson of Sandy Springs, GA; two great grandsons, Parker and Peyton Johnson both of Cumming, GA; other relatives and a host of friends.
Jannetta was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. R. F. Faires and Ethel Williams Faires, sister & brother-in-law, Marie and Bob Hornbuckle; brother and sister-in-law, Boyce and Linda Faires; Rick & Tom’s paternal grandparents Thomas Jackson “Shug” Johnson, Sr. and Ora Cooper Johnson and their father, T.J. Johnson, Jr.
Jannetta Johnson was born on October 28, 1924, in Selmer, TN. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in Corinth, MS and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She retired from the Georgia Department of Family & Children Services after 35 years of service. Jannetta worked in Waycross, Georgia two different times and finish her career in Gwinnett County being responsible for five different counties. She served as Bailiff for the Gwinnett County Courts and was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville. She authored several books. Jannetta was a liberated woman before her time. She was committed to her beliefs, could be strong headed and opinionated. You always knew where you stood with “J.J.” She had a heart of gold for those less fortunate and was devoted to her Lord and Savior. Jannetta will be deeply missed by those that loved her, especially Tom & Nancy and Rick & Tommie Ann…her church family and her friends at Garden Plaza.
The Service Honoring the Life of Jannetta Johnson will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Inman J. Houston and Rev. Thomas Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 27th from 4pm-8pm at the funeral home.
Those desiring may make donations First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville in memory of Jannetta Faires Johnson. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company”, Lawrenceville Chapel (770-963-2411) has been entrusted with the arrangements.