YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Mrs. Willie Jean Franklin-Johnson, 81, of Youngstown, transitioned from this earthly life and was welcomed by angels to receive her heavenly reward on Monday, February 14, 2022 at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Mrs. Franklin-Johnson was born August 27, 1940 in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of James and Marie Greene Franklin.
She was affectionately known as “John” and was a former member of the Church of God in Christ of Nevels Temple. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She loved playing cards, hosting card parties, going to the casino, playing bingo, and tending to her yard by planning flowers and feeding the birds. Jean liked to talk about a lot of fun things and talk to her sisters on the phone.
She is survived by her children, Lawrence “Larry” Johnson, Sr., Kristine Johnson, both of Youngstown; his stepchildren, Myron (Cheryl) Johnson, Gerald Johnson and Puella Stoddard; his grandchildren, Manuel (Cina) DuBose and Janay (Mike) Burnette; 15 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lilly (Pearl) Sanders, Lane Franklin, JoAnn Franklin, Gussie D. Franklin and Rhonda F. Franklin; his sister-in-law, Lena Franklin; his son-in-law, Manuel DuBose Sr.; his godson, Daryl Harvey; a special niece, Terry Franklin; a special as son, Glenn “Donut” Floyd; a special daughter like, Minster Terry Mims-Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews and other close family and friends.
She was pursued in death by her husband, Lawrence Johnson Sr.; his parents; his daughter, Jeanette Franklin-DuBose; his brother, Buster Franklin; his sisters, Mary Carr, Minnie E. Franklin, Lila M. Easterly and Elizabeth (Nitty) Franklin.
A Wonderful Life Homecoming Celebration Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022 at New Vision New Day Ministries 1970 Everett Ave. Youngstown, Ohio 44514, the family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery.
Please follow CDC guidelines (6 foot rule) of social distancing and wear your mask over your mouth and nose.
FD Mason Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.had the honor of serving the family during this difficult time of grief.
A television tribute will air on Wednesday, February 23 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV, and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.