The funeral for Ida Christeva “Chris” (Laurence) Johnson, 88, will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Ridout’s Brown Service Funeral Home with visitation prior to the funeral from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson died Thursday, February 23, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 12, 1928, in Lawrence County, Tennessee the forth of seven children of Henry and Anna Bell Laurence. She grew up near Leoma, Tennessee, married J.V. “Pete” Johnson in July of 1948, and spent her adult life as a wife, homemaker, and mother. She was a charter member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Decatur where she worked with children for many years before becoming a member of Parkview Baptist Church, Decatur, in the 1990s.
Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, J.V. (Pete) Johnson (deceased, January of 2015). Survivors include two daughters, Linda Gordon and husband, Russ, and Janet Sugg and husband, John; grandchildren, Josh Gordon and wife, Treva, Abigail Blevins and husband, Billy, Sarah Minnon and husband, Jon, John Cullen Sugg and wife, Jennie, Sam Sugg, and Peter Sugg and wife, Hayley; great-grandchildren, Cate, Allie, Evie and Knox Blevins, Luke, Joshua and Justus Minnon, Zach and Micah Gordon, and Jack and Cullen Sugg; siblings, G.T. Laurence and wife, Jean, of Dublin, Ohio, B.J. Laurence and wife, Ann, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and June Palmer, of Cullman, Alabama; and brother-in-law, W.H. Johnson, of Decatur, Alabama.