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Obituary: Geraldine Beggs Johnson


BOSSIER CITY – Geraldine Beggs Johnson, 101, went to be with the Lord she dearly loved on August 21, 2014. She passed peacefully in her sleep at 5:30pm in her home. A celebration of her long life will be Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:00am with a visitation from 5:00pm – 7:00pm on Monday, August 25, 2014, at Hill Crest Funeral Home in Haughton, LA. Rev. Jerry Dean of The Pentecostals of Bossier will officiate.

Geraldine was born March 20, 1913, in Cypress, IL to Robert Marion Beggs and Elvie Mae Richardson Beggs, in a log cabin. When she was 7 years old, she moved to Shreveport, LA with her mother and her older sister Ruth and younger sister Geneva. Her mother married Zachariah “Zach” Loflin and had 7 children, Mary Edith, Corrine, Elvie Bell, Emily Rose, Jack, Lottie Joe and David.

Geraldine married Oscar Richard Johnson in 1930. To this union was born, Maxine, Tommy Ray, Robert and Richard. She began attending the Pentecostal Church on Colquitt St in Bossier City and later the First United Pentecostal Church on Traffic Street.

She was a hard worker. She worked as a beautician, and at the Charity Hospital, and helped start Bossier Council on Aging, just to name a few.

She lived a long life and had a sharp mind up till her last days. We thank the Lord for allowing us so much time with her. In her last few years she had several faithful caregivers, Sylvia Tomlinson, Ken Nelson (her neighbor), Roberta Stewart (niece) and Margaret Sanders – She couldn’t have made it without you! Her daughter, Maxine, has been her most faithful caregiver, leading the team, and probably making it possible for her to reach 101! Geraldine looked forward to the faithful visits of her surviving son, Robert, who loved his mother very much.

She is preceded in death by her parents and also by Oscar Johnson and all of her sisters and brothers; Ruth Ballance (Leonard), Geneva Beeson (Glenn), Mary Edith Loflin, Corrine Nuckolls (J.W.), Elvie Bell Williams (Ralph), Emily Rose Jackson, Jack Loflin, Lottie Jo LaCroix (Eddie), and David Loflin. Her sons, Tommy Ray Johnson and Richard Johnson (Dee) preceded her as well as her great grandsons, Justin Johnson and Sawyer MaGee.

She is survived by her children; daughter, Maxine Maddox, husband Al; and son, Robert Johnson, and daughter-in-law, Virginia Johnson (Tommy’s wife). Also by a caring sister-in-law, JoeAnn Loflin (Jack’s wife) of Napa, CA; and by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Albert and Lee Johnson of Houston, TX.

She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, (Maxine’s): Scott Maddox (wife Candy) and Todd Maddox (wife Rhonda); (Tommy’s): Raenita Johnson, and Brent Johnson (wife Sandra); (Robert’s): Greg Johnson (wife Glenda) and Christi MaGee (husband Stacey) and (Richard’s): Leslie Holder (husband Paul).

Surviving her also are her great grandchildren: Meagan Maddox, Haley Maddox, Peyton Maddox, Clint Powell, Connor Powell, Kristopher Johnson (wife Margie), Whitney Johnson Coleman (husband Trey), Madison Johnson, Savannah MaGee, Cole Echols, Bailey Holder, and Hailey Holder Mason (husband Hunter). In addition, by great- great-grandchildren, Noah Johnson, Miller Coleman, Reed Coleman and Breyden Hays.

She also has a host of wonderful nieces and nephews, both local and scattered across the country who loved her.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Stacey, Brent, Scott, Greg, Paul & Todd.

We would like to thank Hospice of Shreveport /Bossier for their excellent care in the last year, including Dr. Michelle Self, Anne Robinson, Sheila Adams, and Cheryl Florence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Pentecostals of Bossier City or the charity of donor’s choice.

You may offer condolences and sign the on-line guest book by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.