Lola Marie Johnson Brown died March 17, 2018. She was born June 11, 1922, in Shibley, Crawford County, Ark. Her parents were Rev. Augustus “Gus” Johnson and Clara Lattimer Johnson, who had three children, William, Mabel A. Johnson and Lola. Her parents and siblings are all deceased.
On Sept. 7, 1951, Lola wed Theodore Brown in Crawford County. Theodore passed in 1988. They had no children.
Lola graduated from Douglas High School, received a BSE degree from University of Pine Bluff and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. She taught in the elementary level for over 50 years, starting at New Town at Saint Matthew Baptist Church and Douglas School, both in Crawford County. She also taught in Vian, Sequoyah County, Okla., and Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Okla. She returned to Fort Smith and spent the remaining years at Howard Elementary School in Fort Smith.
She was an active member of Arkansas Teacher Association, Reynolds Cancer Support House and AARP where she was president for two years. She belonged to RSVP and Crawford County Extension Homemakers Club and after retirement volunteered in teaching reading to the Sutton Elementary School students. She also volunteered as a county poll worker and at numerous other organizations. Since 1930 she has been a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church working as a Sunday school teacher, Missionary Society, Baptist Training Union and a loyal servant.
She is survived by Ethel Manager of St. Louis, Mo., Col. Billy Laster of Virginia, Gerald Buckman of Kansas City, Mo., Alphonso Trent III, Elaine Trent, Evelyn Tonia Holleman, Peggy Lewis, Sarah Knight and Marion Perry, all of Van Buren, Norma Gary of Fort Smith, Isabelle Vanlue of Alma and Gwen and Ithelma Manager of Oklahoma City.
A special thank you to caregiver Judy Scott, Crawford County Health and Rehab Staff and Peachtree Hospice for their loving care.
Service was March 22 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Van Buren. Officiating the service was the Rev. A.E. Kimble. Interment was at Forrest Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Marion Perry, Glen Hogue, Brian Gary, Xavier Knight, John Gary and Alphonso Trent III.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 18 S. 14th St., Van Buren, AR 72956.