MRS. EVA MARIE SILVER JOHNSON was born on June 5, 1921, in Hollister, North Carolina. She was the oldest daughter, and the third of fourteen children born to Ben Silver, Sr. and Minnie Burgess Silver. She departed this earthly life peacefully on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at ninety-four years of age.
Eva accepted Christ during her early life and has remained a faithful member of the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. Serving in many capacities, there were very few events at her church that she did not attend. She was president of the Missionary Circle for over thirty years, was an active member of the Senior Choir until her health began to fail, and also served on the Pastor’s Aid Committee. Her delicious cakes and pies will be greatly missed at Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, and she will be forever remembered for the loyalty and concern she had for her church and community.
Eva attended the former Tabron School in Halifax County and Hawkins High School in Warren County. Her parents asked her to drop out of high school to help care for their growing family. She was very disappointed and stated that she cried the day she had to leave, but with her desire for learning, she returned to school after her marriage and completed her education.
At the age of twenty-four, Eva was united in marriage to the late Edward Leonard Johnson II. They were married for forty-six years, and God blessed their union with four children; the twins, Mable and Alice, a son, “Ed, Jr.”, and the baby, Laura (Delores). Her daughter, Alice, preceded her in death on May 21, 2015. Eva loved her children and worked extremely hard to ensure that they had a successful start in life. She was the matriarch of both the Silver and Johnson families and never departed from the foundation of what “family” truly means.
During her early years of marriage, Eva worked as a housewife and manager/owner of the Edward “Ned” Johnson Family Farm. After her children started school, she entered the workforce and became employed with the Halifax County Schools Child Nutrition Program at Eastman High School. She loved working and developed many lasting friendships before retiring after more than twenty years of dedicated service. Ed and Delores did not like her working at the high school because it was too easy for the teachers to tell her when they were misbehaving.
Eva was an active member of the Littleton Community Senior Center and attended daily for many years. She enjoyed the exercise program, the camaraderie, and the educational activities provided at the Center. Following the death of her husband in 1992, she re-entered the workforce as a part-time employee of the Littleton Community Senior Center and held that position until her family “encouraged” her to stop driving. Her other community affiliations included serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Twin County Rural Health in Hollister, North Carolina, and being an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 425, in Littleton for over twenty-nine years.
Eva leaves to celebrate her legacy and cherish the many wonderful memories of her life and love, her devoted daughters, Mable Johnson of Hollister, NC, who was her primary caregiver, and Delores Johnson-Cooper (Jeffrey) of Bowie, MD; her beloved son, Edward Leonard Johnson III (Wilma) of Fayetteville, NC; another son-in-law, Dr. James Lyons of Charlotte, NC; two granddaughters, Kristie Fuller, RN, (Johnny) of Wylie, TX, and Marsha Janelle Lyons, Esq. of Charlotte, NC; five grandsons, Edward Leonard Johnson IV (Deanna) and Solomon Tyler Johnson all of Greensboro, NC, Randall James Lyons of Charlotte, NC, Jonathan Jamal-Grant Cooper of Ann Arbor, MI (University of Michigan), and Jabari Edward Cooper of Atlanta, GA (Morehouse College); three great-granddaughters, Layla Lyons of Winston-Salem, NC, Shelby Fuller of Wylie, TX, and Khloe Johnson of Greensboro, NC; four great-grandsons, Amari Troy of Spring Lake, NC, Grant and Cole Fuller of Wylie, TX, and Edward Leonard Johnson V of Greensboro, NC; three brothers, Robert Silver (Gussie) of Littleton, NC, Claude Silver (Fannie) of Farmville, VA, and Johnson Silver (Lucy) of Hollister, NC; two sisters, Ruth Pullen of Baltimore, MD, and Leola Alston of Upper Marlboro, MD; three other sisters-in-law, Hattie Silver and Rachel Silver of Hollister, NC, and Cathleen Silver of Littleton, NC; and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton. A wake will be held from 11:00 A.M. until the funeral hour. The Pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Anderson, will officiate, and burial will follow in the Odell Baptist Church Cemetery in Littleton. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M. on Friday, September 25, 2015. Donations may be made to the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund in honor of Mrs. Eva Marie Silver Johnson.