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Mary Elizabeth Burke Johnson, 78


Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Burke Johnson, 78 of Swainsboro, were held Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the Swainsboro First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating. Interment followed at Eastbrook Cemetery with Rev. Louis Pearce officiating. The family received friends Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. She passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home.


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Burke Johnson was born January 5, 1943 to the late Thomas and Roberta Wilson Burke in Millen, Jenkins County. She was a 1961 graduate of Jenkins County High School and received her business certificate from Bolen-Draughon Business College. She began her career in the Woods Products Industry in 1969 with Allied Timber, through the years also known as St. Regis, Champion, and, for her last 11 years, with Rayonier Wood Products. Mrs. Johnson wore many hats during her 35 years, doing everything from clerical, purchasing, wood procurement, accounting, and, in the last few years, was supervisor of human resources, environmental, health and safety before retiring. She was a faithful member of the Swainsboro First Baptist Church, where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher for the children’s program and enjoyed singing in the adult choir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Johnson, and brother, Herbert Burke.


Survivors include daughter Beth Johnson Hendrix (Glenn) of Swainsboro; son Chris Johnson (Becky Daniels) of Swainsboro; grandchildren Haleigh Johnson (Adam Yancey), Alec Hendrix, and Austin Hendrix; great-grandchildren Lilly Beneteau and Layla Kate Beneteau; and nieces, nephews and extended family.


Pallbearers were Slade Burke, Chad Burke, Allan Johnson, Freddy Gillis, Andy Freeman, and Freddie McVey. Honorary escorts were John D. Scott, Wyatt Rich, and the staff of Emanuel County Nursing Home.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, 106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans, GA 30809; Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, 9420 Blackshear Hwy SE, Baxley, GA 31513; or the charity of your choice.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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