Dorothy M. (Teal) Johnson was born on January 22, 1922 in Caldwell, Texas to the late Rev. Homer C. and Mrs. Jeanette (Lockhart) Teal. The fourth of six children, she was educated in the Burleson County School System, and graduated from Smith Grady High School in Caldwell, Texas.
Dorothy began her spiritual walk at Goodwill Baptist Church in Caldwell, Texas at an early age. Following her high school graduation, she joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (W.A.A.C.) and was honorably discharged in 1943.
On November 4, 1944, Dorothy married Leslie J. Johnson and relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, and joined The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church. Their union was blessed with three children, Gloria, Leslie Jr., and Nancy.
To keep the family at one church, Dorothy moved her membership to St. Paul Methodist Church. She served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, head communion steward, attended bible study, was an active member of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (WSCS), and Lay Representative to numerous annual conferences. A rose garden was erected in her honor.
With her husband retired, the family returned to Texas and settled in Temple. They joined Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church. Dorothy served as a stewardess and stewardess president, was a member of the Missionary Society, served as assistant Sunday school superintendent, and attended bible study. She served as a mentor and role model to several young women.
As a homemaker, she enjoyed watching a few game shows, and a couple of soap operas. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and canning the fruits of her labor.
Dorothy peacefully departed this life on December 21, 2021. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Leslie: and her siblings: Thelma, H.C., and Nellie.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory two siblings: Elma S. Bates of Scottsdale, Arizona, and James R. Teal (Ruth) of Cleveland, Ohio; three children: Gloria Jefferson (William), Leslie Johnson, Jr. (Yolanda), and Nancy Johnson; two granddaughters: Gina Miller (Keith), and Gail Jefferson; as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and her supportive Wayman Chapel Church family.
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