April 15, 1941 – March 7, 2022
Nelda Wood Johnson, 80, died March 7, 2022 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on April 15, 1941, to Nelson and Freddie Brock Wood. She was the third eldest daughter in a family of five sisters.
Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of New Zion School, Southwest Junior College, and the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her master’s degree in education.
She began her teaching career in Moss Point. After several years, her family relocated to Chalmette, LA, where she lived and taught in St. Bernard Parish until her retirement 40 years later. Mrs. Johnson was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions throughout her teaching career, including Educator of the Year, as well as being selected as Teacher of the Year numerous times. After her retirement as an educator, she returned home to Walthall County to enjoy time with her family. She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.
Mrs. Johnson had many loves and interests, including being an avid reader, gardener, trip taker, shopper, flower tender, coffee drinker (with family and friends), and outdoor explorer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Johnson; parents, Nelson and Freddie Wood; sister, Barbara Laird; brothers-in law, J.W. Bilbo and Ben Ferguson; and niece, Tara Moore.
Survivors are her son, Shea (Jody) Johnson of Tylertown; sisters, Dorothy Bilbo of Tylertown, Beverly Ferguson of Brewton, Ala., and Virginia (Paul) Graves of Tylertown; grandchildren Case Johnson of Hattiesburg Camryn Johnson of Tylertown; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Johnson (Victor) Russell of Ft. Walton, Fla.; and Beverly Johnson (Robert) Wynne of Newbern, NC..
Services were March 10, 2022, at New Zion Baptist Church, Rev. Eric Ferguson officiating, interment at Wood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kyle Ferguson, Greg Bilbo, Case Johnson, Jeff King, Bill Wallace, and Jason Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were Christian Graves, Paul Graves, and Keith Fortinberry.
Hartman-Hughes Capps Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at www.hartmanhughesfuneralhome.com