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Shirley Hall Johnson transitioned after a lengthy illness on March 13, 2017. She was born in Winston-Salem on August 11, 1950. She attended the public schools of Forsyth County and graduated in the class of 1969 from Anderson High School. After graduation she attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became the first minority graduate of its school of Physical Therapy. While attending UNC she met and married her husband of 44 years Kenneth M. Johnson. There were three children born of this marriage. As a licensed physical therapist she spent her entire career at Cerebral Palsy and Orthopedic School and Gateway Education Center. Shirley was a tireless champion for the mentally and physically disabled children whose lives she touched every day. Shirley was preceded in death by her father George Frank Martin and mother Elizabeth Ann Hall.  She is survived by her husband Kenneth M. Johnson, children, Micah, Kya and Ryen J. Perry (Wilbert) one grandchild, Roman Perry and her sister Portia H. McDougal. She is further survived by three sisters in law, Allene Johnson, Marva Brown and Doris Murrell, two brothers in law James Murrrell and Calvin McDougal and a host of nieces, nephews and innumerable friends. The family is eternally grateful to her caregivers Christine Talbert and family who cared for her as a sister and mother throughout her lengthy illness. Services will take place on Friday, March, 17, 2017 at East White Oak Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1815 Water Street, Greensboro, NC 27405. Family visitation begins at 1:30pm, with services beginning at 2:30pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers to please make donations in Shirley’s name to NC A&T State University “Alzhiemer’s Project”. Final Arrangments have been entrusted to Perry J. Brown Funeral Home.

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  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
    It is with deep sympathy and empathy that I share in the loss of such a beautiful life. I will always cherish the fond memories that I have of Shirley and the good times we shared from elementary school through high school. She wrote the best stories and poems in our English class. Have consolation in knowing that a flower has been planted in Heaven. the earthly loss is heavens gain. Hold on to your memories for in your heat she will live forever.
    ~ Carrie Beal Barnes   Winston-Salem, NC
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Wishing you comfort in this time at the loss of your loved one
    ~ Henrietta Sanders   Lexington, NC
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
    We are sad to learn of the death of Shirley. Shirley was Ben's classmate at UNC and Kenney (KJ) was one of my mentors at UNC. Shirley was a caring individual and she devoted her life to helping others. She will be missed. Our sympathy goes to KJ, the children and the many other relatives and friends. We are praying for you as we all cherish the memory of this wonderful person.
    ~ Carsandra & Ben Boykin   White Plains, NY
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Atty Johnson, sorry to hear of the passing of your wife, Shirley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. I know it's difficult right now, but she will always live in your memories and thoughts. Alton & Belinda R Jefferies Thomasville, NC
  • Friday, March 17, 2017
    So sad to hear of the passing of Shirley, praying for your comfort at this time. Our thoughts and prayers will be withyou. Clayton & Geraldine
    ~ Clayton burnett   Greensboro, NC
  • Friday, March 17, 2017
    Thanks to a wonderful lady that helped our daughter Debra Jones at Gateway Education Center. She was a good example of a love and caring person. We loved the time that we had with her. We are so sorry for your loss. She is Heaven's Gain.
    ~ Mary Jones   Greensboro
  • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    My deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in God's promise to soon end suffering and death. Revelation 21:3, 4
    ~ Jo Myles
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    Dear Kenny, Micah, Kya and Ryen, There are no words to express the sorrow that I and my family feel over the loss of my friend, and my children's beloved aunt Shirley. I hope and pray that it is comforting to all of you to know how much she meant to so many people. With faith, I believe she is in a wonderful place, re-united with her many loving friends and family that preceded her, bringing them joy and laughter as she did here in life. However, it takes no faith at all to acknowledge and be grateful for the 40 + years that Shirley was part of my life, and for that I thank God. Love you guys!
    ~ Margaret Akingbade   Greensboro
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    I would like to express my sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your loved one; may your hearts find these promises from God's word comforting; "All those in the memorial tombs(graves)will hear his voice and come out"John 5:28,29. "There will be no more sickness" Isaiah 33:24. "And he will swallow up death forever"Isaiah 25:8. Do not dismay, God has promised and soon, it shall be so Titus 1:2
    ~ bobbi