MARJORIE SCOTT JOHNSON peacefully departed this earthly life on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Sunrise Senior Living in Arlington, Virginia. She was born to the late Rev. Oliver “OJ” Scott and Irene Brinkley Scott on October 5, 1939, in Littleton, North Carolina.
Marjorie’s formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, where she excelled academically and exhibited exceptional musical talent at a very early age. After graduating from the former McIver High School in Littleton, North Carolina, with the class of 1957, she furthered her education at Howard University in Washington, DC, on a musical scholarship. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in music and later attended Catholic University of America and received her Master’s and PhD in music pedagogy.
Marjorie began her professional teaching career in Farmville, North Carolina, before relocating to Norfolk Catholic in Norfolk, Virginia, and Thalia Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, she began teaching music as a part-time instructor at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, eventually becoming a full-time tenured Professor of Music for more than thirty years. She also served as the Acting Head of the Department of Music. Many of those years included directing the university’s Summer Music Clinic and the Junior Music Program. She often personally paid the tuition for the less fortunate students involved in those programs.
Alongside Marjorie’s service to Norfolk State University was her devoted service to God and her church. When she and her husband, the late Marcus Alton Johnson, Sr., first moved to Norfolk, they joined First Calvary Baptist Church where they taught Sunday school every Sunday for many years. Majorie later became the Director of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, where she eventually became a member and proudly served for over three decades.
Marjorie and Marcus regularly visited friends and family in Littleton, and built a summer home on Lake Gaston in 1978. The family still owns the home today and visits the area often.
In addition to her parents, Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus, after forty-eight years of marriage. God blessed this union with three sons.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and to share the legacy of her love are her three sons, Marcus, Jr. (Anduela), Kyle (Jamie), and Ricky (Kristie); five grandchildren, Maxim Reese, Nikita Wyatt, Katelynn Alyce, Christopher Hebert, and Ethan Marcus; a step-granddaughter, Gabrielle; one brother, Junius; three sisters, Verlena, Priscilla, and Wylettie; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the Fidelity Baptist Church, 627 Summit Road, Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. John R. Rooks, will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Johnson Family Cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home from 12:00 noon – 8:30 P.M. on Friday, February 22, 2019.