Gazzie May Johnson
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Gazzie May Johnson
  • April 22, 1922 - March 11, 2015
  • North Carolina

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On the evening of March 11, 2015, lovingly encircled by her family, Gazzie May "Granny" Kiser Johnson, 92, of Morganton, "turned her eyes upon Jesus, & looked full in His wonderful face." Gazzie was born April 22, 1922, in Burke County to the late Edmur & Lula Deaton Kiser. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Caney Johnson, and a loving son, Thomas S. Johnson; sisters Evelyn Patton, Jenny Hudson, & Pearl Kiser; brothers, Charles "Bee," Carmie, & Wes Kiser. Gazzie was born & raised in Dysartsville, where she made her home for many years to come. She was a 1939 graduate of Glen Alpine High School. She was a faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed at Morganton Full Fashion Hosiery Mill, Skyland Textiles, & Premiere Hosiery. A hard worker, both in & out of the home, she would rise early, even after her retirement to attend to the duties of the day. She especially enjoyed tending to & sharing the myriad of flowers that she so loved. She was a chef of Southern cuisine, & along with her youngest sister, Pearl, relished nothing better than "fixin' up" an enormous Sunday buffet that would rival any fancy 5-star restaurant. Her family extends their heartfelt gratitude to ALL of the staff of Grace Heights who so lovingly cared for her, laughed with her, & comforted her during the latter years of her life. We know that she loved you like family! Her family would like to thank Granny for giving us a love of Reese' cups & also for the best fried okra, rice & gravy, coconut cake & biscuits this side of heaven. Most of all, we thank you for your love. We delight in the knowledge that you have reunited with your son & all of those that you love. We know that you are rejoicing with your blessed Savior and that you now feast at the table that God has so lovingly prepared for you. Set a place for us, Granny. She is survived by her son, Wayne Kiser & wife Andrea, of Morganton, and daughter-in-law, Ann Johnson, of Miles City, Montana, who was separated in miles, but not in heart; six grandchildren, Robin Michaels (Tim), Donna Childress (Rick), & Pat Kiser (Tonya), all of Morganton, Llia Yuhas (Matthew), of Montana, Mandy Johnson, of Georgia, & Steve Johnson, USN (fiancé Kari Winkley); and eleven great-grandchildren, Henry Michaels, of California, Mary Jessamine & Leland Michaels, of Morganton, Devin Kiser, of Texas, Hallie & Gracie Kiser, of Morganton, McKenna, Anna Rose, & Sam Childress, of Morganton, & Dahlia & Nico Willis of Montana. Homegoing service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Bethel United Church on Dysartsville Road. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m. The service will be conducted by Reverend Jack Moses.