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Addie Elmease Johnson Barnette / May 14, 2020

On April 21, 2020, at 7:02 p.m., God called Addie Elmease Johnson Barnette home to be with Him. Addie Elmease Johnson Barnette was born Oct. 7, 1940 to the late Earnest Dean Johnson and Nancy Emma Wilkins Johnson. Earnest Lee Johnson, Addie’s only brother, preceded her in death.

Addie, a faithful servant of the Lord, confessed her faith in Jesus Christ early in life. She joined the First Baptist Church, of Virgilina, where she served as the church clerk, sang in the choir, worked on the kitchen committee, and served on other church boards and committees.

Addie received her education at Mary Bethune High School, where she graduated with honors. She furthered her education at Virginia State College, seeking a degree in home economics. After college she returned home, worked in the Mecklenburg County Public School, Russell Stover Candy Company and later after several years of employment retired from Wabash Magnetics in 2005. Upon retirement, Addie traveled around the world with her cousin, Percy Richardson. They traveled to South Carolina, China, Egypt, and Istanbul, Turkey (twice). Addie always loved to serve, even after retirement; she served the community as the manager of the Virgilina Division of the Halifax County Voting Precinct. She was a care companion for three different families for many years after retiring from Wabash Magnetics.

Addie married in 1967, out of that union her only child, Shelvia Emily Barnette Neely, was born. Addie was the proud grandmother of two grandsons, Solomon Timothy Neely and Stuart Timothy Neely, III. She leaves a long legacy of love and family with her niece, Felecia Latoya Johnson, of Danville; two nephews, Anthony Lee Johnson (Claudette) of Roxboro, N.C., and Kelvin Leon Johnson (Ann) of South Boston; five great nieces, Brittney DeWann Johnson of North Carolina, Shavonda Nicole Johnson Teagan (Emmanuel) of North Carolina, Adriana Johnson, Angela Johnson, Morgan Johnson; one great-nephew, Kevin Le’Wanye Johnson of South Boston; one step-nephew, Reginald Thomas; and one step-niece, Jolessa Thomas; two great-great nephews, Trey Ar’mon Johnson and Noah Lee Teagan; one great-great niece, Kerriah Le’Vette Johnson; two aunts, Mable Wilkins Richardson (Eddie) and Hazel Wilkins Gillis (James); and a host of other relatives that she loved dearly.

Addie shared the later part of her life with a very special friend, Joe Louis Lassiter. Together, Addie and Mr. Joe enjoyed life and shared a multitude of happy memories.

Addie was a sweet, generous woman.

Addie was fancy – she loved to wear beautiful clothes and adorn herself with jewelry. But what she valued most of all was her family. She opened her home to many and shared her heart with those she loved.

The hardest part of losing Addie is the void we feel in our lives without her. The memories she made with us will help us live on without her because we know that one day we will see her again. Thank you, Addie Elmease Johnson Barnette for sharing your life with us. We are grateful for the love and life we shared with you.

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