Thelma Fay Evans Johnson

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thelma Fay Evans Johnson, aged 100, died in the NHC Nursing Home in Kennett, Mo., on Jan. 6, 2012. She was born in 1911 in Pollard, Ark., and lived for over 70 years in Piggott.

Thelma married her childhood classmate, Willie R. Evans, in 1927, and they had four children, Bonnie (now deceased), Robert of Meadowlakes, Texas, Tony of Bradenton, Fla., and Jack of Piggott.

She also had several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After her first husband passed away in 1952, she later married Denver Romine. And after his death in 1985, she married Dallas Johnson.

Thelma worked at the Piggott Hospital and later worked as an assistant in the Piggott Library. She served in numerous voluntary roles in Piggott, such as a Pink Lady at the Piggott Hospital. She received her 60-year pin with the Ladies Auxiliary.

Thelma was a person with much vitality and creativity. Besides working with children for over half her life in the First Baptist Church of Piggott, she was a poet who had several of her poems published. For several years she wrote a weekly column in The Piggott Times featuring things Americana.

She never stopped learning or developing personally. At age 87 she bought her first computer and used it to send and receive regular email correspondence with her children. She liked to remind people that she was never old, but just aging a little each year.

She delighted in travel and visited places such as Singapore, Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Washington D.C. and Williamsburg.

Thelma liked to think of herself as a person who was devoted to her family, church, city and nation.

A memorial service for her will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Piggott at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.