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Charlie Mae Johnson, was born November 22, 1930, in Forney, Texas to Mr. Charlie Key and Ms. Zadie Mae Jones. She was raised by her father in Greggton, Texas, until her departure to Longview, Texas.
After relocating to Longview, Charlie Mae attended one of the first schools in the Sabine School District. At the age of seventeen her father introduced her to the cotton industry, and she began working in the cotton fields for the next twenty years.
After toiling in the fields for a number of years, Charlie Mae began to make a living as a housekeeper to provide for her family that continued to grow. Charlie Mae bore and raised twelve children; three boys and nine girls that included three sets of twins, these offspring have produced twenty-seven grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren, all members of the southside community.
Charlie Mae is the eldest mother of the Miracle Tabernacle Church where she has been a member for over fifty years. Forever devoted to her Teas heritage and traditional southern family values, she has dedicated her family to the southside community and the growth and nurturing of her family.
Her words of wisdom for her family and all the people that she encounters is as uplifting and rich as her great life continues to be. She quotes, "I have ups and downs just like everybody else but the difference is I don't stay down long because I have God on my side".
She is preceded in death by her mother Zadie Jones, her father Charlie Key, her husband Dave Cummins; three brothers James Ingram, Roy Alexander, Willie Key Sr.; one sister Ora Hooks; one daughter Lorene Johnson, two sons Jerry Johnson and Gregory Alfred, two grandchildren Darrell Jackson and Teresa Johnson, two great grandchildren Jessica Givins, and Rahsaan 'Bobo' Jefferson.
Those left to cherish her memories are Daughters Callen Key, Grace [Eddie] Carter, Florene Mayfield, Terri Johnson, Bobbie [Derrick] Faggans all of Longview, Tx., Marchio Johnson of Dallas, Tx., Son Roscoe Johnson of Longview, Tx., five sisters Bobbie Lee [Joe] Johnson, of Longview, Tx., Dorothy Mae Jones, Pat Edwards, Dorothy Davis all of Bakersville California, Annie Key of Longview, Tx., 30 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, 14 great great grandchildren; two special friends Albert Johnson and Sheshieka Heard and a host of other family and friends.
The family would like to give a special THANKS to the Three Oak Hospice Ms. Donna and Mr. Sean for your love in caring for our loved one and help this process be a lil' lighter to bear.