Mother Birdie Sue Delbridge Johnson, daughter of the late Samuel "Sam" Delbridge and Maggie Mae "Mittie" Williams Delbridge, was born on February 23, 1948, in Abbeville MS. Birdie heard the gospel and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop F. M. Dawson, in Abbeville, Mississippi. She was a member of True Bibleway Church in Abbeville, Mississippi, where she served as an usher, sang in the choir, and looked forward to attending church service, praising God and fellowshipping with the Saints, and she served faithfully, until her health failed.
Birdie received her early education in the Lafayette County School district at Gordon Elementary School and her high school education in the Oxford City School district at Central High School. She was united in matrimony to Peter Johnson and to this union, four children were born. Peter, preceded her in death. Birdie was employed for 26 years at Emerson Electric Company as an assembly line worker. Reading the Word of God was a ritual for Birdie; she read it upon rising first thing in the morning, and throughout the day. The Word was indeed her strength. Birdie was small in stature, she was full of wisdom and knowledge. Her pastimes were cooking, baking, sewing, watching westerns, and cross word puzzles. Birdie was a loving mother, grandmother, and a child of God who also loved loving on her family and extended family.
Birdie leaves to cherish her loving memories, two sons: Asa Johnson of Olive Branch MS and Eric (Regina) Johnson of Abbeville MS; three daughters: Sherryln Walker of Byhalia MS, Tameka (Calvin) McGlown of Abbeville MS, and Trusan (Antonio) Eggerson of Killeen TX; two brothers: B.J. Delbridge of Grand Rapids MI and Stanley Delbridge of Abbeville MS; five sisters: Carrie Mae (Louis) Williams of Memphis TN, Josephine Delbridge and Maggie Delbridge both of Abbeville MS, Noveller (Garon, Sr.) Marion of Waterford MS and Sandy (Arie) Lee of Clarksdale MS; six grandchildren: Ayana, Amani, Jemiah, Nikasayah, Tamira and Frederick, Jr.; special sisters-in-law: Mattie Young of Abbeville MS, Bessie Goolsby of Grand Rapids MI, Dorothy Hutchins, and Mary (Robert) Lewis both of Oxford MS, and Mary Webb of Chicago IL; three brothers-in-law: Rickey Joe Johnson of Chicago IL, Gene Johnson and Jimmy Johnson both of Oxford MS; She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and church family, along with special caregivers: Stanley, Josephine and Maggie Delbridge.
Along with her parents, Birdie was preceded in death by 14 siblings: J.T., Genola, A.C., Mary, Ruby, Lena Mae, Roberta, Bessie Lee, Mae Julia, Helen, Sam Frank, Ollie, Johnny and Eugene.
Please keep the Johnson family in your prayers.