Alma J. Byrd Johnson, 1920-2013

NILES – Alma J. Byrd Johnson, 92, of 2565 Niles Vienna Road, Niles, died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Autumn Hills Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born Dec. 12, 1920, the daughter of Arnold and Cora Marilla Dowe Sr.

Mrs. Johnson retired as manager from Hughes and Hatcher Menswear. She was a member of York Avenue Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi M. Johnson.

Survivors include three daughters, Elestine Stargell of Warren, Kathleen Byrd of Rockhill, S.C., and Valerie Byrd of Columbus; two brothers, Arnold Dowe Jr. and Gerald Dowe, both of Warren; two sisters, Yvonne Davis of Youngstown and Shirley Smith of Warren; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Also deceased are one son, Duane J. Byrd, two grandchildren and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held noon Monday at York Avenue Church of God, where calling hours will be held two hours prior to the service. Family also will receive friends at 2115 Jefferson St. S.W., the home of her daughter.

Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home in Warren.