Beatrice Elizabeth Johnson

May 27, 1927 - June 2, 2013
Beatrice Elizabeth Johnson

Beatrice Elizabeth “Bea” Johnson, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 after a brief illness at Cape Fear Hospital.

Bea was born May 27, 1927 in Seagate, NC, daughter of the late Alva Parker and Wilbur and Frances Simpson. Bea was united in marriage to the love of her life since the fourth grade, William Dean “Billy” Johnson on June 1, 1946. Billy preceded her in death on September 29, 2010. Bea and Billy were married 64 blissful years.

After retiring, Bea and Billy made their home in Surf City, where they enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and beloved neighbors.

Surviving, are her three loving daughters, Joan Brechtlein, Debbie Dineen and husband David, Wilma Woodard and husband Tony; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Sterling R. Johnson and wife Janice. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Parker; brothers-in-law, James C. Johnson, Jr., Maurice F. Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Emily J. Hewlett.

Memorial service will be 2 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Oleander United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oleander United Methodist Church; 5810 Oleander Drive; Wilmington, NC 28403.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • June 04, 2013
    Cindy and Kim Goodin says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Heaven only gets sweeter

  • June 04, 2013
    Kristy says:
    I will never forget how much love she had for her husband Billy. She absolutely adored him and would share all sorts of stories and marital advice that to this day sticks with me. Mamma Bea was truly an amazing lady, so kind hearted and when she laughed you could not help but smile with her for that laugh would warm your heart. She will forever be missed. I feel extremely blessed to have known her and her husband.