Mildred Jane Cothren “Millie” Johnson, 84, of Statesville went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 16, 2020, after a brave battle against cancer.

She was born in Wilkes County on Sept. 1, 1935, to the late Jarva Cothren and Annie Blanche Mastin Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dean “Bud” Johnson; three brothers, Gary Johnson, Grady Johnson and Jay Cothren; a grandson, Thomas Lee Minton; and a great-grandson, T.J. Nicholas.

Mildred was a retired cashier and enjoyed playing rook and rummy. She faithfully loved God and her family. She was lovingly known as Mom, Millie, Mamaw and Granny. She loved reading her Bible, her church and being a grandmother.

She is survived by four daughters, Sandy Johnson (Kevin Jolly), Janice Potts (John Putnam), Bonnie Christy (Dale) and Marie Davis (Rick Ellis); two sons, Danny Johnson (Susan) and Timmie Johnson (Billie Jean); 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale Pendergrass; two sisters, Becky Dillinger and Pat Shumaker; and two sisters-in-law, Clara Sue Dillard and Frances Queen.

The family would like to express deepest gratitude to several people and organizations: the good friends Mildred made while living at Kings Grant Retirement Community, especially Debbie Buxton and Barbara Smithey; Iredell County EMS Community Paramedics Program and the wonderful paramedics Kristy Smyre and Chris Martin; Gordon Hospice House and two wonderful nurses, Laura Harris and Gail Odom.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 20, 2020, at Nicholson Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Dan Frye and Pastor Ronald Young officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery in Windy Gap in Wilkes County. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on attendance, the service will be live-streamed on the Nicholson Funeral Home website. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, N.C. 28625 or to the Iredell County EMS Community Paramedics Program, P.O. Box 788, Statesville, N.C. 28687.

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