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Willie Ella Johnson



Visitation With The Family:
6 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014
Scales & Sons Funeral Home, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro,, TN

Visitation With The Family:
11 - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014
Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4078 Yeargan Road, Murfreesboro, TN

Celebration of Life Service:
12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014
Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 4078 Yeargan Road, Murfreesboro, TN

The Service of Committal & Interment:
Following the service on Saturday, November 29, 2014
Evergreen Cemetery

Willie Ella North Johnson was born on November 28, 1913 in Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, Tennessee by a mid-wife, the daughter of Willie North and Jennie Water North. Willie Ella was better known as "Will-Ella" in Murfreesboro and "Bill" in Chicago. She often talked about her early years as a child working on the farm with her other siblings, Sarah, Queen Veste, Clarence, and Jeanette. She talked also, about how she could only go to school when it rained, because if the sun was shining, they had to work on the farm where her father was a sharecropper to pick cotton. She recalled she couldn't pick as much as her siblings, so she would put rocks in the bottom of her bag to make it weigh more. Because of her lack of school attendance, she only got as far as the 2nd grade in school. If you asked her today about her headache, which sometimes she complained about, she would tell you her story about the mules that ran away with them, she loved telling that story. Her brother Clarence was in front of the wagon steering, when all of a sudden, dynamite went off and frightened the mules, and she fell off the wagon backwards onto her head. Then she would tell that she has had a headache ever since.

Will-Ella attended Webb Chapel at an early age.

Willie Ella married Miles Batton at an early age, and two children were born, Carol, and John. Shortly after divorcing Miles Batton, she migrated to Chicago, Illinois where she lived with her cousins, Rufus and Mary Chaffin. She got a job at the Palmer-House Hotel and sent money back home to take care of her two children, Carol and John. She often stated that her mother made her leave her children in Murfreesboro with the family, which was common in those days. After a few years of working, she was introduced to Grady Johnson by other family members. In 1956, she and Grady Johnson married, and had a daughter Lula Mae. She often spoke that after marrying Grady Johnson, who was employed by the City of Chicago, she didn't have to work. All she had to do was have a meal prepared when he returned from work.

Visits back to Murfreesboro often made Will-Ella home sick and longing to have her family together. She and Grady made plans to bring her two children she left in Murfreesboro to Chicago; shortly after they had the means to do so, Grady died. With a longing for her children and a sick mother waiting, Will-Ella made the decision to move back to Murfreesboro.

After moving back to Murfreesboro, Will-Ella's career began as a maid for Mrs. Dora Rivers. She worked for her for nearly 25 years, until her arthritis gave her trouble. She never complained about not being able to draw retirement, she would say "Well I guess she paid me enough," and she loved me enough. Later on in life, Will-Ella met another important person who had a lasting impact on her life, Mr. Ullyesis Jordayn. He was a Christian man, who she met at the church, Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church. They had planned to marry in 1976, but he died in the late 1975. Will-Ella was living with her youngest daughter, Lula Mae in Murfreesboro, Tennessee when the LORD called her home.

Lula M. Miles- devoted daughter and caregiver
Carol E. Scott (John)
John T. North (Emma)

Teneka F. McCullough (Curtis)
Dr. Nicholas A. Miles
David D. Miles-Peppers
Keniya Frazier
Derenta Frazier
Great Grandchildren
Tene' Raelynn Hudson
Tevin Jovan Hudson
Talya Alexus McCullough

A host of nieces, nephews, and extended family
Mrs. Dora Rivers and Family, Dr. Frank Wade M.D., Lisa Postell Rouse Nurse Practitioner, Walgreens Pharmacy on Northfield Blvd., Mrs. Mary Barnes Glass Program Coordinator, all the many caregivers who came by and offered their time and love.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371