Obituaries: Catherine Johnson

| March 16, 2015


Prophetess Catherine Johnson, 69, of Fort Wayne, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Born Oct. 1, 1945, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of her loving parents, Luellen Sr. and Viola Chapman. She was known as being a mother to many, and in 2011, she obtained her ministers license from Laverne Tysons Ministries. She worked in the field of medicine as a medical assistant and had a great influence on others, particularly in the ministry. As a life-long member of Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church (formerly known as Christ Temple Apostolic Church), she was hands on with her ministry and participated in Sunday school, sanctuary choir, and Levitical Ministries. She was also a member of Women of Praise, Missionaries, and the Pastoral Aide Committee. She worked as a claims processor at Physicians Health Plan as well as Lincoln Life. “She had a heart to feed those that were hungry. She leaves a huge legacy behind, one that will live on forever. She was a very good mother and a Proverbs 31 wife! She will never be forgotten.” Catherine was baptized on her sixteenth birthday. On that day she received two gifts: the gift of the Holy Spirit and an invitation to begin dating a young man, Melvin Johnson, whom would later become her husband and soulmate. From this union, they were blessed with four beautiful children. She leaves behind a husband of almost 51 years, Melvin Johnson of Fort Wayne; three children: a son, Odis (Patricia) Johnson of Fort Wayne, and two daughters, Cheryl Johnson and Tina Johnson (Ron) Smith, both of Indianapolis. Catherine also left behind nine grandchildren and a plethora of great-grandchildren; siblings, Henry (Irene), Wort (Lauranne), Lucretia, and Diane, all of Fort Wayne, and Postella and Cornelius, both of Detroit; two half sisters, Louanne and Kathie; brothers, Cleo Harris of Franklin, Tenn., Gerald (Bernice) Johnson and Ernie (Sherill) Johnson, both of Fort Wayne; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew (stillborn); mother and father Viola and Luellen Chapman; mother-in-law and father-in- law, Leslie and Odessa Johnson; brothers, Arthur, Willie Lee “Bill”, Leon, Earl, Clarence, Luellen Jr., Melvin, and James Chapman; niece, Renee Chapman; and brothers-in-law, Willard (Hazel) Johnson, Bobby (Classie) Johnson, Charles (Ruth) Johnson, Jerry Harris, Ray Modock, Marvin Preston and Kent Malone. Funeral service is noon Monday, March 16, 2015, at Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church, with burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were by Carmichael Funeral Service.

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