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Gladys Cleo Johnson



Visitation With The Family:
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Scales & Sons Funeral Chapel, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Memorial Service:
1:00 PM on Saturday, December 3, 2016
Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 1720 E. Northfield Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN

Gladys Cleo Johnson, affectionately known as Granny to all who knew her, was born to Thomas and Levoil Johnson on March 12, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the 3rd oldest of 12 children. Six preceded her in death: 2 sisters and 4 brothers.

When Cleo was 6 years old,, the family moved to Winchester, Tennessee where she grew up, went to school and married. Her marriage ended in divorce after 5 years. She gave birth to 4 children: 1 son, 3 daughters and she practically raised her granddaughter. Her son, Marvin Lee Harris and her youngest daughters. Gladys Dianne Muse preceded her in death.

Some of Cleo's early employments were as a housekeeper for a wealthy family and a cook for Morrison's Cafeteria. She saw the need for a career change and that lead to nursing. She started first as a private duty nurse, then worked at nursing homes, and finally at Rutherford Hospital, from which she retired after 32 years. Cleo was warm and kind person who took a personal interest in her patients. When she was off work and returned, her patients would say how much they had missed her and were glad she was back. When she retired from the hospital she remained on as PRN nurse part-time for 2 years and then worked with Hospice part-time for 2 additional years. Even though she enjoyed her work, she gave it up completely in 2002.

Cleo was loving, friendly, patient, considerate, and had a great sense of humor. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She also enjoyed travelling. Some of her travels took her to Belize, Central America, Florida, Niagara Falls in Buffalo, and the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witness in Brooklyn, Patterson, and Wallkill, New York. Her travels also took her to Los Angeles and Inglewood, California to visit family and friends.

Cloe as greatest love of her heart was serving her God, Jehovah. Her first contact with the truth was through her sisters Lula Mae who lived in Grass Lake, Michigan. She was studying with the Witnesses and wrote Cleo about what she was learning from the Bible. She sent Cleo a subscription to the Watchtower and Awake magazines. Each issue would feature a new publication that Cleo would sent off for, which eventually resulted in a large library of Bible publications. Since there were no witnesses where she lived, she wrote to the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses and requested someone be sent to study with her. However, before anyone ever came, she started making changes just from reading the Bible and all her Bible based publications. Cleo stopped smoking, going to church (where she had gone for over 30 years), and celebrating all the holidays, even Christmas! After 8 months, from the time she wrote for a study, 2 sisters came to study with her. After only 3 months of studying she was baptized on April 19, 1958 at a Circuit Assembly in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cleo was instructed in forming the Winchester Congregation with mainly her family and meetings being held in her home. For almost a year she was a substitute congregational servant. She arranged for public talks, using speakers from the Chattanooga Congregations, and for Sunday meetings to be held in a school auditorium. Yes, Cleo was a faithful witness for Jehovah. She was also an excellent mother who loved Jehovah and , by her good example, training, and directions, taught her children to love him too. The result? All her children made the truth their own. Her son served as an elder for several years and 2 of her daughters became regular pioneers, with 1 daughters continuing to this day.

All who knew and loved her will dearly miss Cleo. She is survived by her 2 daughters; Kaylene Hollins and Jeanette Muse (Jim), 1 granddaughters: Tonya Yvette Harris, whom she loved like a daughter, 2 grandsons: Charles Gaius Hollins and Terence Adarryll Taylor, 1 great-grandson: Charles Maxell Hollins, and Teckla Clay, whom she loved like a graddaughters, 1 brother: Joe Louis Johnson (Azylene), whom she loved like a son, and 5 sisters: Louise Taylor (Hosea), Irene Taylor (Joseph), Gloria Hendon and Carolyn DeBerry (James), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of spiritual brothers, sisters, and dear friends.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

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314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371