Yvonne J. Grissett

Published 9:05 am Thursday, July 20, 2023

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Becoming an educator goes beyond a choice, it is truly a calling. Yvonne Johnson Grissett accepted the call to educate the world and fulfill her ministry.

Yvonne (Bonnie) Johnson was born June 8, 1953, to Deacon Robert Johnson Jr. and Mary Bell Brooks Johnson.

Yvonne was united in matrimony to the “best man ever, Deacon Freddie James Grissett. He loved and cherished every moment with her and found joy in her happiness. Their union produced two daughters, Tovjivanese (Robert) Wilkerson and Tonyaneka (Scott) Gaskins.

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In her true fighting spirit, she accepted her rest in the early morning of July 16, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Deacon Freddie J. Grissett; her father, Deacon Robert Johnson Jr.; her mother, Deaconess Mary Johnson; mother and father in law, LT Grissett and Katie Lee Williams; four brothers in law, Samuel McCants, Willie McCants, Bobby Jones and Charles Jones; two sisters in law, Esther Shuford and Danette Witcher Jones; as well as cherished family members and friends.

Left to cherish Yvonne’s memory are her fiercely protective big sister, Lillie D. Johnson; two aunts, Dorothy Brazzell and Mattie Johnson; two loving daughters, Tovjivanese (Robert) Wilkerson and Tonyaneka (Scott) Gaskins; one brother in law, Otis Gray Jr.; three precious grandchildren, Nathaniel F Gaskins, Tatum Y-J Wilkerson and Nailah C-J Gaskins; one nephew, Randy D. Johnson; three nieces, Shelia (Ewric) Johnson-Williams, Katrina (Leon) Frazier and Lisa Johnson; one great-niece, Chanel Edwards; two great-nephews, Darrius M. Primm and Jordan R. Lambert; and five devoted cousins, Wilbert Brooks, Charles Wiggins, George Brooks, Anthony Brooks and Patricia McKenzie.

Public visitations will be held this Fri., July 21, 2023, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Turner Funeral Chapel LLC in Atmore.

A celebration of life will be held this Sat., July 22, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Greater Mt. Triumph Missionary Baptist Church in Atmore with the Rev. Willie Hawthorne, pastor and eulogist.

Internment will be held in Fairview Cemetery.