On October 25, 1969 the Lord blessed the Johnson family with a special-needs child, Molly Rebecca Johnson.
Molly was born with cerebral palsy. As a young child she became dependent on continued tube feedings. Due to bilateral hip dislocations and accompanying arthritis, she was never able to walk. Although Molly was never able to walk or talk, she would not let anything take away her happy spirit.
Molly attended Helping Hand Day Care Center, Asheville’s Orthopedic Hospital for specialized training, Black Mountain Center, Country Cove Group Home and the Brian Center of Hendersonville. One year in her early life she was honored to have served as the North Carolina Easter Seal Child. One of her ultimate joys was spending time with her family at Disney World. During Molly’s life she was near death several times. It was during one of these times that the Lord revealed to Amelia, her mother, that when the day came for Him to call Molly home to Heaven, Molly would hear Him say to her: “Come along with me, Sweet Molly. You have accomplished the task I gave you to do.” She did hear this on August 8, 2016.
Molly is survived by her mother, Amelia Coates Johnson; her sister, Melissa Ann Johnson; and an uncle, David Earl Coates. Her father, Jefferson Davis Johnson, and her brother, Douglas Brion Johnson preceded her in death.
On Thursday, August 11, 2016, a time of visitation will begin at the First Alliance Church of Hendersonville at 10:00am followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11:00am. Pastors Ron Glass and Donald Chapman will officiate. Interment will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank the workers at the Brian Center for their years of caring. Also the family would especially like to thank Dr. Randy Tryon and his staff for their compassionate care given to Molly throughout the years.
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family.