Margaree Raynor Johnson, 92


FOUR OAKS — Mrs. Margaree Raynor Johnson, age 92, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at her residence in the Blackman’s Crossroads Community. Her family was blessed to be with her when she died. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Blackman’s Grove Baptist Church, Four Oaks, N.C. Officiating will be the Revs. Rodney Wilson and Jerry Hicks. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 27, 1926, in Johnston County to the late Frank Wiley and Latha Barefoot Raynor. She was also preceded in death Aug. 4, 2009, by her husband of 62 years, Earl Benton Johnson Sr. Mrs. Johnson was a 1943 graduate of Benson School.

She and Earl married Jan. 4, 1947, then moved to the Blackman’s Crossroads area on his family farm where they worked side-by-side. She moved her church membership from Banner Chapel, which she joined when she was 15 years old, and joined Blackman’s Grove Baptist Church in September 1952. She was an active participant in the church for many years and church pianist for 25 years. Mrs. Johnson was the oldest living member of the church, where she faithfully attended almost every Sunday. She had a passion for Christian music, spending time with family and working in her garden.

Surviving include her daughter, Susan Elaine Johnson and Bob Davis of Four Oaks and Emerald Isle; son, Earl Benton Johnson Jr. and wife Lois Tompkins Johnson of Four Oaks; grandchildren, Allison Johnson Stewart and husband Chad, Brian P. Simmons, Kathleen Marie Johnson, Heather McCullough and husband Bryan, and Katie Lynn Del Rosario; great-grandchildren, Abigail Reese Stewart, Lucas Andrew Stewart and Cora Lynn McCullough; sister, Hazel Raynor Tharrington of Raleigh; brothers, James Franklin Raynor and wife Shelby of Hopewell, Va., and Fred Thompson Raynor and wife Hilda of Benson; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Blackman’s Grove Baptist Church, prior to the service, and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blackman’s Grove Baptist Church Building or Cemetery Fund, c/o Ed Wood, 5187 Stricklands Crossroads Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Announcements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson, N.C.


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