JOHNSON-SCULL, Mother LaDorothy-age 90, of Flint, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at her residence. Funeral services will be held 11:00am Saturday, June 22, 2019 with a 10:30am family hour at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, 2220 W. Coldwater Rd., Flint, MI 48505. Pastor Jessie McIntosh officiating. Calling hours are 1:00pm - 7:00pm Friday, June 21, 2019 at Sheldon T. Banks Funeral Chapel 3021 S. Dort Hwy., Flint, MI 48507. The final resting place for Mother Scull will be Sunset Hills Association.
LaDorothy– Matriarch of the Gayles and Johnson families passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at her residence in Flint, MI. Ladorothy was born on August 8, 1928 in Mound Bayou, Mississippi to Rev. Jacob Percy & Ida Gayles, and was a loving mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother; aunt, cousin and friend to many. She grew up singing and playing piano in her father’s church-First Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR. LaDorothy moved to Flint, MI in 1954 with her husband Eddie Johnson; they later joined Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. LaDorothy joined True Light Missionary Baptist church in the mid-eighties where she was active on the Mothers Board until her illness in 2009.
LaDorothy loved being with family, cooking and sewing and giving back to her community. As a WWII Military Wife, with her first husband WWII SSGT Eddie Johnson, she was very active as a charter member and held many offices in the American Legion Dorie Miller Post 306 Auxiliary in Flint; she held the position of parliamentarian until the time of her death. They were also very involved in the Lakeside Sportsman’s Club of Flint in the 1960’s. LaDorothy retired in 1990 from Hurley Medical Center; she was also a former Senior Companion Volunteer. As a result of being a living legend of 5 generations, her descendants all “…. rise up and call her Blessed!” Proverbs 31:28
LaDorothyis also the great granddaughter of the late Rev. G. W. Gayles, D.D. of Bolivar County, Mississippi; Rev. Gayles was a Baptist Minister and successful politician in the south after serving in the Union Army during the Civil War; and a State Legislator in the House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate in the late 1800’s.
LaDorothy leaves to cherish in sweet memory daughters:Priscilla Jean (Scott) Jenkins, Dorothy Ann Johnson-Boyce, Vivian Gayles all of Flint, MI; Delores Johnson of Port Huron, MI; Mayor Yolanda (Pastor Harold) Austin of Jennings, MO; and son:Wardell Louis Johnson of Tacoma, Washington, grandchildren:Chantel (Charles) Modiano of Silver Springs, MD; Moieshae Jenkins of Savannah, GA; Samanzio Jenkins of Kansas City, MO; Cierra (SPC Kindre) Williams of Evans Mills, NY; Andre Johnson of San Pedro, CA; Roosevelt Wilson and Terry (LaChrista) Wilson of Jennings, MO; Norlicia Robertson of Nashville, TN; Dale McGhee, Jr. of Boston, MA; Larry Boyce, Jr. of Lorain, OH; Lolita Boyce of Flint Twp., Andrea McGhee, Audrey Lynn Jones, Nicolia Golden, and Richard Johnson all of Flint, MI; Marvella Johnson of Mount Morris, MI; 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildrenand 5 great-great grandchildren; many great nieces and nephews; special friends: Mrs. Ella Marshall, Mrs. Dorothy Jones and Mrs. Doris James.
LaDorothy was preceded in death by her1sthusband: Eddie Johnson, 2ndhusband: Robert Scull; parents: Rev. Jacob & Ida (Wheeler) Gayles; sister:Eula (Gayles) Wilbon, brother:Henry Gayles; daughters: Eddie Mae Golden and Shirley Johnson, sister-in-laws: Leonie Adams and Elizabeth Johnson; brother-in-laws:Joseph (Daisy) Johnson, Frank Johnson, Jr., Charlie Johnson, Jesse Gallston, and Amos Mosen, cousins-in-law: Henry & Helen Purches.
Special thanks to: daughter and son-in-law Priscilla & Scott Jenkins; daughter, Delores Johnson; caregiver, Tamara Darrough Conway; granddaughter, Lolita Boyce; Heart to Heart Hospice Staff, Evelyn Sudberry, Rev. Jessie D. McIntosh and King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Urundi Knox and Ebenezer Ministries, and Sheldon Banks Funeral Chapel.