Lurlena Johnson, 76, Social Security employee

January 10, 2003

Lurlena Johnson, a retired Social Security Administration employee, died of a heart attack Jan. 3 at Cromwell Center Nursing Home in Towson. She was 76 and lived in Baltimore's Walbrook area.

Born Lurlena Barber in York County, S.C., she was a graduate of Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill, S.C.

She moved to Baltimore in the early 1950s, after her 1949 marriage to the Rev. Nathaniel Johnson Sr., former pastor of St. Phillip Baptist Church on North Carrollton Avenue, where she was a Sunday school and vacation Bible teacher, youth adviser and member of the choir. Her husband died in 1999.

She retired about 15 years ago as a custodian for Social Security in Woodlawn.

She was a former board member of Cahill Recreation Center at Leakin Park and belonged to the Baptist Ministers' Wives and Widows Alliance of Baltimore, among other organizations.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include six sons, Jefferson Johnson Sr., Nathaniel Johnson Jr., Thomas Johnson, Andrew Johnson and Ernest Johnson Sr., all of Baltimore, and the Rev. Anthony Johnson of Rock Hill, S.C.; a daughter, Lillie Diana Johnson of Baltimore; a sister, Agnes Brown of Gastonia, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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