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Willie Meg (Bankhead) Johnson

Born: Wed., Jan. 3, 1940
Died: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019


12:30 PM to 1:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 08, 2019
Location: Wright Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Jan. 08, 2019
Location: Wright Funeral Home

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Mrs. Willie Meg Bankhead Johnson, 78, formerly of Hickory Grove, SC, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in New York.  Services in New York will be provided by Stradford Home for Funerals, 1241 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310.  Visitation in New York will be from 2:00-4:00 pm, Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3036 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY.  Funeral services will follow at 4:00 pm.

Born January 3, 1940 in York County, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Willie Floyd Bankhead, Sr. and Martha Meeks Bankhead. 

The fifth of ten children, she was educated in York Public Schools before moving to Staten Island, New York.  Her work ethic was unmatched, as she tirelessly labored to provide for her family.  Willie was employed by New Brighton Manor/Staten Island Care Center for 30 years, while also working part-time at JC Penney for over 25 years.

Willie loved her family and doting on her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed her monthly luncheons with her former JC Penney co-workers.  She was an avid sports fan, with Kobe Bryant and the NY Giants amongst her most admired.  Willie's musical interests ranged from Tupac Shakur to Celine Dion.  One of her favorite past times was to watch Dancing With the Stars with her granddaughter, Mya.

Preceding her in death are her brothers, Johnny Bankhead and Willie Floyd Bankhead, Jr; sister, Tecola Isom; and brothers-in-law, Howard Rainey and  John Robert Sanders.

Surviving to cherish fond memories are three children, Melissa Johnson Greene (Michael), and Christopher Johnson both of Staten Island, NY, and Dwayne “Eric” Woodson (Renita) of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Maliyah and Mya Greene of Staten Island, NY, and Royce Woodson of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Sarah Rainey, Marjorie “Baby Ray” Sanders and Magdalene Rawlinson all of York, SC, and Arby D. Bankhead of West Palm Beach, FL; brothers, Stancy Bankhead (Ollie) and Carl Bankhead both of Hickory Grove, SC; two sisters-in-law, Rose Bankhead of San Jose, CA and Geneva Bankhead of York, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Local services will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Wright Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York, SC. 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:00 pm, prior to the service.

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Charles Feemster
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
My condolences in the death of your beloved family member.

When death claims our loved ones, it causes sadness and grief. Our loving God Jehovah understands the deep emotional pain death causes us, so he provides comfort through his word the Bible. Psalm 34:18 says: Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. Also Hosea 13:14 says: From the power of the grave I (God) will redeem them; From death I will recover them.

May these promises from God provide you comfort during this time of sorrow.

Brooksville Florida

Anica conner
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019

WATER COLOR WREATH was sent by Friends.

Eric and Renita, We express our deepest condolences during this difficult time. We'll continue to keep your family lifted in prayer. With Love, Bianca, Laneshia, Nicole and Anica

Danielle Brown
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
Dear Eric,

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved mother. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for your peace. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her. Prayerfully my Mother was there to welcome her in heaven.

Love, Danielle Brown.

Charline Burton-Curtis
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. .

To Soror Arby Bankhead and Family. Our deepest condolences and keeping you in our prayers. With Sisterly Love. Your Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Tau Omega Chapter of West Palm Beach FL.

Felicia Nickerson
   Posted Mon January 07, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Friends of the Woodson Family, Atlanta, GA.

Melissa, Chris and Eric, you have our deepest sympathies for the lost of your mother, Ms. Willie. We enjoyed her and will continue to love on her family. Grace and mercy to you all. - The Wyatts, the Spauldings, the Nickersons and the Thomases.

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