Johnnie Rayford

Johnnie Rayford

Nov 4, 1942 - Feb 20, 2020
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Johnnie Mae was born on November 4, 1942 to H.N. Wilson Sr. and Callie Wilson in Tchula, MS. She was the 2nd born child of her parent’s union.

While attending Jesup W. Scott High School, Johnnie Mae developed a love of sewing, which can still be seen in the beautiful creations throughout her home.

Johnnie Mae had two children Dana and Symone Wilson from a previous relationship with Tyrone Wilson prior to meeting and marrying James Rayford Jr. on November 28, 1969. Their son Dorian was born of this union.

With an eye for fashion and design, Johnnie Mae was known for always dressing to empress! When she was out and about, you could best believe her outfit would only pale in comparison to her beautiful smile! Her creativity and style could also be seen in the ceramics she created. For some time, she was so immersed in her craft she bought her own in-home kiln in order to create her exquisite ceramic works of art! Johnnie Mae also loved to be around family and friends and would often have house parties well into the night laughing, playing cards and listening to music. Her spirit will truly be missed.
She leaves to cherish her loving Husband of 50 years James Arthur Rayford Jr., two sons Dana Wilson (Vonda) and Dorian Rayford (Shannon) her beloved Daughter Symone “Tweetie” Wilson, Three Brothers Rev. Gary Wilson (Annie), Robert L. Wilson, Crawford Wilson, Three Sisters Annie Moore, Lizzie Goodman, Aundrae Wilson, 11 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren and a host of Cousins, Nephews, Nieces and Friends.

Johnnie Mae was preceded in death by her Father H.N. Wilson Sr., Mother Callie Wilson, Brothers Isaiah Hollins, Nate Wilson, Jesse Wilson, John Wilson, H.N. Wilson Jr., and Sisters Bonnie Wilson, and Dorothy Embry.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    February 29, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Living Faith Tabernacle
    1047 Walbridge
    Toledo, Ohio 43609
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    February 29, 2020 | 11:00am
    February 29, 2020 11:00am
    Living Faith Tabernacle
    1047 Walbridge
    Toledo, Ohio 43609
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    February 29, 2020 | 1:00pm
    February 29, 2020 1:00pm
    Historic Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Marion Graham

Posted at 01:48pm
To the whole family,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Father of new MERCIES and the God of all COMFORT. ( 2 Corinthians 1:3)
Our deepest sympathy to the family with Love, peace and prayers always. 🙏🏽❤️

The Graham Family (Tiny, Andrew & boys) &
The Holcomb Family (Butch & WeeWee)

April Shabaa

Posted at 08:16pm
Dana, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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Yvonne Hopson

Posted at 01:41pm
Lizzie, so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. May God bring you and your family peace.

Yvonne Hopson

Shannon Rayford

Posted at 09:03am
Rest Well Beautiful


Posted at 08:23pm
I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray the God of all comfort will help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). Jesus prayed for God’s Kingdom to come because Ge knew it would be able to solve all mankind’s problems even death. (Revelation 21:4,5).

Bobbie Posted at 11:39pm

In the days ahead, may Jesus our God of comfort in the flesh richly bless you all as you remember and celebrate Johnnie's life legacy. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

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