A Service of Love and Remembrance for Mrs. Carnell Johnson, 82 of Moulton, Alabama will be noon Tuesday at Freeman Tabernacle MB Church and inhumation in Moulton Memory Gardens. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral. Public viewing will be Sunday from 1-5 and Monday from 10-5:30 at Reynolds Funeral Home.
Carnell Owens Johnson was born on February 4, 1937 to the late Archie and Jessie Hubbard Owens in Moulton, Alabama. She was the tenth child of eleven. She departed this life on January 29, 2020 in Moulton, Alabama.
Carnell united with Freeman Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member until her unfortunate car accident on December 26, 2007. She was a devoted member of the Usher Board, Mothers Board and Missionary Society and was also a member of the Progressive Chapter #464 Order of Eastern Star.
She received her education from Rosenwald High School in Moulton, AL. She worked for a number of years at Moulton Cleaners, Dixie Cleaners, Culver Cleaners and Moulton Nursing Home until she was hired at Wolverine Tubing in Decatur. She left there and worked at Champion International Papers in Courtland until she retired. After retirement, Carnell was employed as a caregiver and cared for several people until she was no longer able.
Carnell loved to cook and would often have people over on Sundays after church enjoying her meals while listening to her tell a story from the past. She also loved to bake cakes and pies. During the holidays she would get cake orders and spend weeks baking cakes and pies – from pound cakes to caramel cakes to German chocolate cakes to coconut cakes to egg pies to sweet potato pies to lemon pies. She also made homemade biscuits and would take them to the home of the bereaved.
Carnell also loved to help people. If she was needed to sit with someone or take them some where she’d be there. You would never hear her complain about being tired or not feeling well. Carnell could not or rather would not sit still for long. She was always on the go. Helping others brought her joy and was her calling. And I know God is saying “Well done, thou good and faithful servant – well done!”
Carnell was preceded in death by her parents; husband, the Rev. Walter Johnson; son Dwayne Lee; six brothers, Curtis Owens, James Washington “Pudden” Owens, Nathaniel “Shorty” Owens, Hubbert Owens, Levert Owens, and Oliver Owens; and two sisters Orean Owens and Eliza Mae Owens Crittenden.
She leaves to cherish her memory: a devoted daughter, Dianne Mitchell of Moulton, AL; two sons, Calvin Lee of Moulton, AL and Charles Lee of Cave Springs, GA; brother, Blanton Owens (Ruth) of Mequon, WS; sister, Erma Owens Donald of Moulton, AL; seven grandchildren, Edward James Mitchell (Angela) of Athens, AL; Katina Mitchell-Thomas of Fort Knox, KY, Damon Lee Mitchell (Chasity) of Mobile, AL, Corey D. Lee (Katrina) of Montgomery, AL, Tonya L. Evans (Cedric) of Decatur AL, Xavier Lee and Ahjani Lee both of Florence, AL; 12 great-grandchildren, Devin Mitchell, Ikia Mitchell, Zakari Mitchell, Zion Mitchell, Zariah Mitchell, DeAsia Lee, Corey D. Lee Jr, Mycah Lee, Makirah Lee, Kanavis Lee (Joleasia), Martarvius Lee and William Lee; three great-great-grandchildren, Lakyn West, McKenzie Lee and Mason Lee; sister-in-law, Emma Ruth Owens, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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