Ms. Lonita ‘Nita’ Clyde Johnson, 76, of Greenville South Carolina, departed this earthly life on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at her home. She was the eldest child of the late Clyde Douglas Johnson and Miriam Azalee Parker Johnson.
Lonita moved to Astoria, Queens, New York, at the age of 25, then later moved to Long Island, New York. While in New York she earned an Associates Degree in Accounting from Queens College.
She worked for Martin DePorees Daycare Center as a Bookkeeper. She then acquired a job with Avrick Envelopes as an Account Manager and worked there for over twenty years. After Avrick Envelopes closed its door, she worked for Queensboro Paper Company in Queens, New York for over ten years.
While in New York she was an active member of Community Church of Astoria where she sang on the Inspirational Choir.
Lonita returned to South Carolina in 1995 to help care for her mother. She obtained a job at South Carolina Steel Corporation in Greenville and worked there until her retirement.
She joined Long Branch Baptist Church in 1998. She was a member of the Pastor's Aide and also volunteered as needed in any capacity. She was also an usher or as we called her the "Gate Keeper of the Branch".
Lonita was very instrumental in the opening of OJ’s Diner in 2005. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to cook, going to the movies, going out to eat and traveling. She loved to shop with friends and was a snazzy classy dresser, who could slay a hat and a pair of shoes with accessories to complement her million dollar smile.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Johnson, Diane Ferrell, Georgia Johnson and a brother Terrell Johnson.
Lonita leaves to cherish fond memories, her son, Gregory (Debrah) Johnson; one brother, Olin Johnson; two sisters, Cassandra Johnson and Vonderlene Johnson; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Toby Johnson raised in her home; one stepbrother, Gerald Young; four stepsisters, Claudia Elaine Collins, Shirley Evans, Coretta Farrell, and Shirley Williams; and a host of other relatives and friends.