JOHNSON SILVER, son of the late Ben Silver and Minnie Burgess Silver, was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on February 6, 1942, six minutes before his twin brother, Jameson Silver.
God saw the roads were getting rough and the hills were hard to climb, so around noon on Monday, June 19, 2017, with his family and Pastor Alonzo West at his bedside, God gently closed “John’s” eyes and whispered, “Peace be thine.”
He was educated in the Tabron School Community of Hollister, North Carolina, and received his high school diploma from the former Eastman High School in Enfield, North Carolina, with the class of 1960.
During John’s early years, he accepted Jesus Christ into his life, was baptized, and joined the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. In February 2016, he changed his membership to the White Rock Baptist Church in Hollister, North Carolina, with the love of his life, his wife, Lucy. He joined the male chorus and enjoyed the worship, fellowship, and Christian mission at his church.
John’s parents instilled in him a strong work ethic at an early age. He exercised these attributes in the positions he held in the textile industry with JP Stevens and Company and The Bibb Company in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He retired in 2004, after thirty-seven years of loyal, dedicated service to Westpoint Stevens in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement and spending time with his family and friends. His most precious moments were spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was lovingly regarded as a father and uncle to everyone.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his siblings, Ceocy, Lucy Mae, Ben Junious, Clarence, Artis, Haywood, Eva, Dock, Sr., and his twin, Jameson.
Loved ones remaining to memorialize his life and legacy are his devoted wife of fifty-two years, Lucy Silver of the home; two sons, John C. Silver (Minister Trina) of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Rodney Silver (Kimya) of Hollister, NC; three grandchildren, Johnathan, Joshua, and Diamond; a god granddaughter, Re’Shae; a great-god grandson, O’mauri; four special children whom he loved as his own, Negreta, Toreka, Keegan, and Allana; his four siblings, Robert Silver (Gussie) and Leola Alston all of Littleton, NC, Claude Silver (Fannie) of Farmville, VA, and Ruth Pullen of Baltimore, MD; one brother-in-law, James Lynch (Tassie) of Hollister, NC; four sisters-in-law, Lither Wilkins, Rachel Silver, Cathleen Silver, and Hattie Silver; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Plus, we can’t forget the family dog, “CoCo”, whom John enjoyed relaxing with.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the White Rock Baptist Church in Hollister, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Alonzo West, will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 12:00 noon until 8:00 P.M.