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Birdie Lee Earnest

Mrs. Birdie Lee Earnest, age 98, of Odin, Ill., formerly of Fayette, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Odin, Ill. Her
remains were cremated.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Johnson of Odin, formerly of Berry; two granddaughters; and several nieces and

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.

Barbara Sue Glasgow

Graveside services for Mrs. Barbara Sue Glasgow, age 63, of Winfield, were held Monday, April 21, 2014, at 2 p.m., at
Piney Grove Cemetery. She died Saturday, April 19 at DCH Regional Medical Center

Norwood Chapel Funeral Home of Fayette directed.

Hazel Gardner Green

A memorial service for Mrs. Hazel Gardner Green, age 86, was held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 2 p.m., from
Shepherd Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Yerby officiating. Mrs. Green died Monday, April 7, at Hospice of West

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.

Sammie L. Johnson

Funeral services for Mr. Sammie L. Johnson of Atlantic City, NJ, formerly of Fayette, were held Thursday, April 17,
2014, at 2 p.m., from Nelson Funeral Home in Fayette. He died Thursday, April 3.

Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 22, 1949, to Bailey Johnson and Lena Mae Blackburn. As a youth, Sammie joined AME
Zion Chapel in Fayette and continued to be a member until his death. He attended various churches and their functions in
Atlantic City. Sammie loved the Lord. Oftentimes, his Sundays were spent listening to the Williams Brothers.

Having been raised in Fayette, he decided as a youth, that since he had read so much about the world, he wanted to see
more of it, so he left the south and went north. He enlisted in the United States Army in Trenton, New Jersey, at Fort Dix
and was stationed in Muhlenberg, Germany. During his tenure in the military, he received numerous awards and
accommodations. After returning from Germany, Sammie came to Atlantic City to live. During the late 60’s and early
70’s, Sammie worked at various restaurants as a cook. He later worked for the Atlantic City Department of Recreation as
a Recreational Aide. Sammie received his Associate Degree from Atlantic Community College, in Mays Landing, NJ. He
contnued to further his education at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, NJ. Later, he decided to join the Atlantic City
Police Department where he, once again, received numerous awards and accommodations. He was very proud of the fact
that he and his wife were the first married couple to join the police department.

Also, during his time in Atlantic City, he met, and later married, Ms. Zoretta Mitchell. This union was blessed with two
wonderful children, Rita Louise Johnson-Harvey and his namesake, Sammie Lee Johnson, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bailey Newton Johnson and mother Lena Mae Blackburn-Johnson.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Mrs. Zoretta Johnson; daughter, Rita Louise Johnson-Harvey; and son, Sammie
Lee Johnson, Jr. all of Atlantic City, NJ; sisters, Prejoyce (Robert/deceased) Franks, Jimmie Nell (Lavon) Johnson,
Barbara Ann (Larry) Madison, all of Fayette; brothers Trenton (Patsy) Johnson of Clearwater, Fla., Rayburn Johnson of
West Palm Beach, Fla., Audie (Paulette) Stowe of St. Paul, Minn., Randy Lee Stowe, Lonnie Stowe, Jr. and Jerry
(Melissa) Stowe, Jr., all of Fayette; his granddaughter, Jasmine Camille Harvey; grandson, Jermaine Bernard Harvey, Jr.
and Jordan Andrew Harvey; aunts, Ruby Stowe, Kate Whiteside, Eloise Blackburn, Willie D. Blackburn, Maybell
Blackburn, Ellawease Savage, all of Fayette; one uncle, Otha Blackburn of Gordo; sister-in-law, Annie Mitchell (Albert)
Royal of Piscataway, NJ; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.


Funeral services for Mrs. Virgina Faye Markem, age 77, of Fayette, were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from Nelson
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Fayette Memorial Gardens, Bro. Scott Montgomery officiated.

Nelson Funeral Home of Fayette directed.