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Thursday, 06 August 2020 17:09

Billy Corrinne Sheely Johnson

Billy Corrinne Sheely Johnson, formerly of Lake City, Florida, Prince George County, and Colonial Heights, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on August 5, 2020. Billy was born October 22, 1944, in Lake City, Florida (Columbia County). She was the daughter of the late William F. “Bill” Sheely (KIA in WWII European Theater) and Mildred Irene Little Crews, and stepfather Emory Crews. While Billy served in many roles, her most cherished roles were daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her family: sister Dianne Crews Haraway (Donald), daughters, Elizabeth Sheely Johnson and Ashley Machree Johnson (Darren), former husband and devoted friend James Edward Johnson, nephews Michael Duane Haraway and Arthur Crews Haraway (Kristen), niece Pamela Haraway Connelly (Mark), grandson William Sheely Nix, and great-nephews Jack, Chase, and Mason Connelly. Billy graduated from Columbia High School, and then went on to the University of Georgia, where she was a cheerleader for her beloved Georgia Bulldogs, and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Billy also completed her Masters in Library Science. During her professional career as an educator, she found her true passion working with children as a Librarian. Her work lives on today in the many children in whom she instilled the love of reading. Ms. Johnson also had a passion for honoring her father’s legacy as well as those with whom he served. She found great fulfillment in teaching others about the local history of Petersburg by volunteering as a docent in the city’s museums. She most especially loved Blandford Church. Billy devoted herself to her daughters, grandson, and family, most especially to her mother for over seventy-three years. Billy had an engaging and outgoing spirit that celebrated family events and welcomed family additions through birth or marriage, and celebrated her family in both Florida and Virginia. Billy was best known as a selfless caregiver, and received the most joy from caring for others. Billy had numerous hobbies and was a member of many organizations such as Ravenscroft Garden Club and Petersburg Book Club. She was also a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, and past President of the Heritage League, representing the 492nd Bomb Group. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 10, 2020 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 225 Claremont Street, Petersburg, VA 23805, and will conclude at Southlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please follow Covid-19 safety guidelines and allow ample time for screening upon arrival. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the wonderful medical staff at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital and the Capital Caring Health Hospice Team. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, laurabushfoundation.com. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
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  • Comment Link Margarer Bucher Wednesday, 12 August 2020 09:01 posted by Margarer Bucher

    Dear Elizabeth, Will and family,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Your Mom and Grandmother was such a lovely and gracious lady. Please take care and let us know if you need anything. Love you.
    Marg and Joe Bucher

  • Comment Link Mary Murtagh Thibodeau Tuesday, 11 August 2020 22:05 posted by Mary Murtagh Thibodeau

    I'm so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. We met at one of the 492nd reunions and I always looked forward to seeing her and sharing stories. I will always remember her big smile, her kind heart, her patriotism and love of her family.

  • Comment Link Susan Dettweiler Wilhide Tuesday, 11 August 2020 12:47 posted by Susan Dettweiler Wilhide

    I am so saddened to hear of Billy's passing. I loved her from the moment we met. Billy took each of us new, young teachers at Beazley under her wing and helped us navigate the daily ups and downs of our new chosen profession. She would do anything in her power to assist. My heart is sad, but I find comfort to know she has reached her heavenly reward.

  • Comment Link Laurie Sabol Tuesday, 11 August 2020 09:42 posted by Laurie Sabol

    I am so sorry to hear about Billy's death. I remember meeting her at the 492hd reunion in St Louis and I have some lovely photos of her accepting the folded American flag at the memorial service at the Jefferson Barracks cemetery. She was a beautiful person, inside and out.

    As a fellow librarian, I am happy to make a donation to the Bush foundation in her memory.

  • Comment Link Tamara Sheely Summers Monday, 10 August 2020 01:08 posted by Tamara Sheely Summers

    Aunt Billy was a treasure! She cherished and was cherished by our family. My heart is with you as you remember and celebrate her life today. Love you all!

  • Comment Link Minister Evelyn Franklin Sunday, 09 August 2020 22:14 posted by Minister Evelyn Franklin

    Billy was a beautiful person with a very loving heart. I enjoyed working with her at the Museums. She would often email me to keep her in prayer, she played a part in me becoming a Minister. I'll always love her for being one of my support and encouragement team.

  • Comment Link Janet Perkins Sunday, 09 August 2020 15:26 posted by Janet Perkins

    Billy was such a sweet person and always a lady. I worked with her at the Museums, and we used to talk about our grandchildren. I will miss her!

  • Comment Link Cheryl Moody Sunday, 09 August 2020 15:12 posted by Cheryl Moody

    To the family of Billy:
    It is with a heavy hearts that we send our condolences to you. Billy was a wonderful lady that always greeted others warmly. We valued her as a member of our association and her love for Blandford.
    With caring thoughts,
    Cheryl Moody, President
    Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg

  • Comment Link Linda Wynne Saturday, 08 August 2020 20:58 posted by Linda Wynne

    We are so sorry to hear about Billy dying. I know you will be missing her; as we will too!
    We always will have fond memories working at Historic Garden week luncheon in Petersburg, Virginia.
    Warmest regards,
    Members of the Cockade City Garden Club, Petersburg

  • Comment Link Carolyn Wheeler Pettyjohn Saturday, 08 August 2020 16:29 posted by Carolyn Wheeler Pettyjohn

    Expressing my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. I was a classmate with her since jr high, graduating with her in the class of ‘62.

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