Joy Carter Johnson
Joy Carter Johnson, wife of the late H. Philip Johnson Jr., left her earthly home and entered into her heavenly home on April 28, 2019. She is now in the presence of her Precious Lord and Savior.
Joy was born in Scotland Neck, NC on February 24, 1930. She was the fourth of twelve children of Nancy Charlotte Carter and Herbert Oats Carter.
Joy was born with an identical twin sister who their mother named Foy. She was preceded in death by her son, Dr. H. Philip Johnson III of Richmond VA, her twin sister Foy Gwaltney, sister Alice King, brothers, S. Martin Carter and O. Holmes Carter all of Suffolk, sister Acene Byrum of Spring Grove VA and infant twin brothers Hubert and Herbert Carter.
Joy graduated from Holland High School in 1948. Joy and her twin sister Foy were well known throughout Suffolk and the surrounding area in the 1950’s for their beautiful singing. They sang for the Lions Club, Rotary Club and many civic functions in Suffolk and the vicinity. They even had their own radio program over WLPM better known as “The World’s Largest Peanut Market" every Monday night. They also sang at numerous weddings and funerals.
On Joy’s 70th birthday, her daughter Shelia took her and her sisters to the MacArthur Center for the day and lunch. When they arrived home a beautiful surprise awaited her. In her living room was a lovely black Wurlitzer grand piano with a large red bow attached to the post. Her other children were there for the surprise. Joy was so thrilled. She has always dreamed of having a grand piano. She enjoyed playing the piano so much.
Joy was a member of the Suffolk Pentecostal Holiness Church at Kilby Shores for forty-six years. She was saved under Rev. Norwood Starling’s ministry and sang in the church choir for many years. Later a church pianist was needed, and Joy was elected pianist. She served that position for 15 years but eventually had to give it up because of so much back pain. She was junior class Sunday School teacher for 15 years also and taught all three of the Starling children, taught Vacation Bible School for many years.
Joy is survived by her daughter in law Virginia Johnson of Richmond VA, a daughter Charlotte Doyle, and Clyde of Myrtle Beach, SC, a daughter Shelia G. Dailey and Alonzo of Elizabeth City NC and a son Anthony Holmes Johnson (Tony) and Kim of Royston GA. She is survived by her grandchildren Tasha Doyle of Bronx, NY Joshua Doyle, Amber Doyle and Josiah Doyle of Myrtle Beach, SC, Abigail Wells of Cushing OK, Bethany Doyle of Austin TX, Caleb Doyle of Charlotte NC, Casey Gardner, Michael Gardner, Joseph Gardner of Suffolk, VA, Elizabeth Peimer of Richmond VA, Eli Dailey of Elizabeth City NC, Zachary Johnson of Duluth, GA, Hannah Johnson of Royston, GA and twelve great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Peggy Holly of Suffolk, sister Betty DuBose of Turbeville SC, brothers Delmar Carter, and Don Carter and wife Judy of Suffolk, and Eleanor Carter, sister in law of Columbia, SC.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11 AM in the Suffolk Pentecostal Holiness Church now named Radiant Life Ministries, 100 Kilby Shores Drive by Rev Norwood Starling and Rev. Don Milner. Burial will be held at Bethlehem Christian Church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 PM. Memorial donations can be sent to the Nansemond Suffolk Rescue Squad.
R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory
509 W WASHINGTON STREET
SUFFOLK, VA 23434
Radiant Life Ministries
100 Kilby Shores Drive
Suffolk, VA 23434