Colorado County Biographies
Oldest Mother Honored at St. James AME
On March 20, the members, Rev. N. H Franklin, friends, and Rev. E. E. Brown honored Sis. Mamie Johnson, the oldest mother of the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church of Weimar, for 73 years of faithful service.
Mother Johnson was born in 1896.
She attended public school in Weimar and married Jessie Miles Johnson on Dec. 27, 1916. One girl and three boys were born to this union.
Sister Johnson united with St. James AME Church at an early age under the pastorate of Rev. H. J. Whitmire in 1915. There were many dark days for black people during this time. Sister Mamie realized that even though. she was young she needed someone else to lean on, and this was Jesus. She has led an exemplary life since giving herself to the Lord. She has been a beacon light to her church, helping wherever she can, giving the young people advice and encouragement.
The first offering plate that was bought at St. James was by Sister Johnson.
She has served as superintendent of the Sunday church school, custodian, president of the choir, and she also helped organize the choir. She also has served as church treasurer for 48 years, stewardess for a short time, and was appointed steward in 1928. She has attended 59 annual conferences, two shop councils in Houston, and two general conferences, one in California and one in Dallas. She is presently serving as a steward, class leader and treasurer of the Steward Board and a member of the Sunday church school. She is an example for her church and community. She lets her light shine through the life that she lives.
She can sing God's praises and the old Negro spirituals; this is another point of her life that she loves. God bless her and keep her. R.
Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1988, page 6