JOHNSON, Ethel Maude

Ethel Maude Johnson, 90, of Pearisburg, departed this life for her heavenly home, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Heritage Hall Rich Creek. Born in Princeton, WV on June 13, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Howard Harrison and Florence Fink Saunders. She had been a member of New Hope Ministries and Riverview Baptist Church, a beloved Christian homemaker, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Earl Johnson, her children Charles Robert Johnson, Jr., James I Johnson, Audrey Martin, Margaret Lucas, her brother Thurman Saunders and her sisters Eloise Gray and Mary Jo Maupin. She leaves to cherish her memory, her sons and daughters-in-law Jerry Ray and Kay Johnson of Pearisburg, William H “Butch” and Barbara Wilson of Pearisburg, Donald Johnson of Pearisburg, Earl Gene and Judy Johnson of Pearisburg; her daughters Earthel Sue Middleton of Pearisburg, Mary Lee Jones of Pearisburg, Ada French of Pearisburg, and Anita “Sissie” Simpkins of Eggleston; her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 pm in Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead with Pastor Terry Easter officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the services. Following cremation her remains will be entombed in Birchlawn Abbey at Pearisburg. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting