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Lillie F. Johnson

Together Again

WARREN — Lillie Francis Wall Johnson, 78, educator, community activist, mentor, sister, mother and friend, passed Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

She was born Jan. 13, 1939, in Albion, Mich., daughter of William and Nellie Bowen Wall.

Lillie earned a bachelor of music education degree from Youngstown State University. She did post graduate work at both Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University.

Professionally, Lillie was the director of Second Baptist Preschool Center and a music specialist for Cleveland and Warren City schools.

Though she considered herself retired, she maintained an aggressive schedule, which was aimed at improving the community and the people around her. She served on the Trumbull County Children Services board for 16 years. She was also the program coordinator for the Trumbull Urban League board L.E.A.D. program; co-chair of the United Way Budget Hearing Panel Retiree Division; and also served on the Frank Bentley Trust. As chairperson, Lillie oversaw the grand opening of the United Methodist Community Center in Warren.

Lillie remained actively involved in numerous community organizations. She was community liaison and treasurer of the Community Volunteer Council, as well as being a founding member. She was outreach chairperson and a member of the talent committee for the Warren Civic Music Association, and she was also on the board of trustees for The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, Lillie served on the board of trustees for SCOPE, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, as well as being a founding member the Friends of Warren Library. She served as a board member of Hospice of the Valley.

A cancer survivor herself, Lillie was on the board of the American Cancer Society and was a Reach to Recovery trainer and volunteer. She also served as secretary of the Cancer Garden committee. Lillie rounded out her community service by being a Mobile Meals driver, a member of the Women of Grace Missionary Circle, and she was a graduating member of the Leadership Mahoning Valley Class of 2001.

In addition to boards, committees and chairperson duties, Lillie was a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, choral director for the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, a member of the Monday Afternoon Club, Ebony Pals Club and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women. Additionally, she was a Second Baptist Church Adult Fellowship member, a member of the Genesis Sunday School Class, the church’s Student Affairs Ministry, and she was a vacation Bible school musician.

However, Lillie’s accomplishments, awards and service to the community amount to a fraction of her value to the people, friends and family she leaves behind. Standing only 5 feet tall, she was a giant of a woman, who filled the room with her presence, lighted the way with her spirit and made things possible through the mere force of her personality.

She will be missed and survived by her two sons, Brian (Sue) Johnson of Cuyahoga Falls and Mark Johnson of New York; her brother, Robert (Ann) Wall of Albion, Mich.; and her sister-in-law, Bernadette (Nathan) Queener of Youngstown. Lillie also leaves behind a host of friends, who along with her family, will long remember her generosity, her selfless devotion to others and her uncanny ability to make those in her presence feel better about themselves.

Lillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clifford; four sisters; and four brothers.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Second Baptist Church of Warren, 1510 Main Ave. SW, Warren.

The funeral will be noon Thursday, April 13, 2017, preceded by an additional calling hour at 11 a.m., also at Second Baptist.

The family requests that, in lie of flowers, donations be made to any of the following organizations: Second Baptist Church Student Affairs Scholarship Fund, the Community Volunteer Council, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center and Hospice of the Valley.

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