Mrs. Johnnie Mae (Womble) Peoples, 92, was born November 12, 1929, to the late Ola Mae Jackson Womble in Sanford, NC, and transitioned to her heavenly home on Sunday, June 12, 2022.
She grew up in Sanford, NC, and later moved to High Point, NC. While growing up in Lee County, she had lots of family and friends whom she loved dearly. While residing in High Point, NC, Johnnie worked various jobs. She was a homemaker and wife and kept many children in the community while their parents worked. Johnnie loved her family and would do anything for them without reservation. Growing up on the farm was hard work. One of her famous quotes was, "Some things don't come easy in life; you have to work hard for them."
Johnnie Mae moved back to her hometown to help care for her mother. While there, Johnnie attended Poplar Springs A.M.E Church for several years. She made tasty treats while attending this great church to help her mother with fundraisers. Johnnie enjoyed helping her mother reach her goals for the fundraisers. She began working for Coty and later began working as a custodian for First Baptist Church in Sanford, NC. Then she moved her membership to First Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Dale Parkerson. Johnnie worked for 20 years as a custodian and in the nursery, raising children. Johnnie held many positions at the church that she loved so dearly. The First Baptist Church family continued to send Johnnie cards for birthdays and holidays even after she retired.
Johnnie Peoples was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ola Mae and George Womble, son, John L Griffin, brother(s) George Alvin and James Ivy Womble, one sister Cecelia Womble Ingram, one grandson, Brain Southerland, and one great-grandson Reginald Deveraux.
Johnnie leaves to cherish her loving memories with her husband, Walter Peoples of Philadelphia, PA, and two daughters, Zandra Miller (Jamie) of Charlotte, NC, and Sharon McIver of High Point, NC. She assisted in raising her nieces, Ola F Newby (Clyde) of Sanford, NC, Jaki Ingram of Fayetteville, NC, and her nephew James Jr of Greensboro, NC. She leaves nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews, friends, and family who cared for her dearly.
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