Rev. Loretha  Williams Johnson


Rev. Loretha Williams Johnson, 85, of Erie, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Brevillier Village, Harborcreek, PA. She was born on October 15, 1933 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Eugene and Alberta Griffin Williams.

Educated in the public schools of Ardmore, she met and married her husband of 55 years, the late Rev. Arnold Johnson, Jr. They relocated to Erie, PA in 1957 where she became a member of what is now the Cherry Street Church of God. In 1967 her family moved to Meadville, PA where she became a partner in ministry with her husband at the Boynton Street Church of God. Rev. Johnson accepted her divine call to ministry and was ordained in 1986. The Johnsons returned to Erie in 1985 where they planted the East Side Church of God.

A lifelong learner, she modeled a love of education to her children. She became an LPN at Hamot Hospital, worked at Spencer Hospital, and later became an RN at St. Vincent's Hospital.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Thelma Louella Johnson; and her brothers, Patrick and Lee Autry Williams.

The devoted mother of ten leaves to cherish her memory, nine children, Elsa Bass, Dee Ann (Dennis) Demby, Debra J.J. Johnson, Joyce Boaz, Mary (James) Ernst, Nancy (Everett) James, Arnold, Timothy, and David (Sarah) Johnson; her sister Mary Louise Alexander; twenty-five grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren, four great- great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Friends may visit with the family at New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road, Meadville, PA, on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 10am to 12pm, where a celebration of life will immediately follow with Rev. Gloria Rhodes, officiating and Rev. Douglas Hepler, eulogizing. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Professional services entrusted to Pitts Funeral Home 2926 Pine Avenue, Erie, PA 16504.
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Debbie Malory
Jun 22, 2019
I worked with Loretha. She a support and worked well with the clients and staff. My prayers to her family.
Jun 12, 2019
I send my condolences and prayers. May God give you all peace at this time. May you all find comfort in the many memories you were blessed to have.

In love,
Kathy and Sam Sherry
Jun 11, 2019
Sending heartfelt condolences to Mary and James and the entire family. It’s clear she was a light in many lives, and that her legacy continues!