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Proverbs 30 v. 30
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Trudell Yvonne Johnson
Was born on April 15th,1938 in Dillion South Carolina, to the late James and Zilphy Covington. Trudell was raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord by her parents. As a child she attended Mannon Baptist Church in Dillion South Carolina where she accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized.
Trudell received her formal education in Dillion South Carolina. In her teenage years, the family migrated to Philadelphia Pa, where Trudell completed high school. Upon graduating she enrolled in Nursing school where she successfully completed the program and graduated with her nursing degree. Trudell was affectionately known as Trudy by many.
In her adult life she was blessed to serve the Lord as a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church under the Pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. Austin Jefferson Jr. where she served in many ministries. She was married to the Late John Brown in 1959 and to this union she gave birth to her first child Melvin Labruce Brown. She took great pride in being a wife and mother. As life would have it Trudell and John parted ways after some years.
Trudell was blessed to find love again as she later met and married her husband Leonard Johnson who preceded her in death. To this union she gave birth to Stanley Maurice Johnson. A few years later they decided to move from Philadelphia to their dream home in Edgewater Park NJ, where they lived their dream life together with their sons, after a very short time Leonard took sick and died suddenly. Trudell being the resilient woman that she was continued to press forward raising her sons. She kept busy working and living life with her sons and the support of her family and friends.
She joined Saints’ Memorial Community Church in Willingboro NJ somewhere around 2007 Under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Eddie L. Durham where she served until she relocated to Williamsport PA to live with her son Stanley. Upon her relocating to Williamsport she quickly found a new church home with the Love Unlimited Ministries Church family under the leadership of the founding Pastor’s Willie and Dorothy Anderson where she enjoyed worshipping under their leadership until the time of their retirement. She was blessed to become one of the mothers of church under their leadership. She continued serving under the current leadership of Pastor Isaac and Lady Evans as they shepherded her until the time of her passing.
Trudell was known for her classy style of dressing and her fabulous hats. When she walked into the room all you could say was there’s a lady with class. She carried herself with grace, beauty and elegance. She loved her family with all her heart! The family always looked forward to the Christmas gatherings at her home in Willingboro NJ. Those times were filled with great food, fun and so much love. She would have gifts for everyone that came, even the unexpected guest. She was a proud Mom and grandmother. She would light up as she talked about her grands and all that were dear to her heart.
Trudy Loved to shop and enjoyed cooking and taking care of her plants which brought an added beauty to her surroundings. She was famous for her potato salad and her candied yams, amongst her other famous dishes.
One of her precious memories at Love Unlimited Ministries was her 80th birthday celebration! She was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for her on that momentous occasion. Although her health began to fail her, she always held fast to her faith in God. On Sunday October 8th, 2023 as the angels surrounded her the Lord whispered it’s time to take your rest my daughter and Trudy took the master’s hand and joined Heavenly band and transitioned from labor to reward! Free from pain, where every day is howdy, howdy and never goodbye. Rest well beloved Queen! Trudell was preceded in death by her Grandparent’s, Reverend William and Laura Jane Dupree & King Solomon and Irene Covington, her beloved Parents, James and Zilphy Covington her beloved husband Leonard Johnson and brother Cleo Dupree as well as six Sister -in-laws.
To cherish her precious memory her beloved Sons, Melvin Labruce Brown, (Rhonda) Stanley Maurice Johnson, grandchildren, Rahmel Brown, Melvin Fleming and Quianna Brown, Chandler Logan, (Carina) Jamie Mannon, Cole Johnson. Great grandchildren Emmett Logan, Dorian Mathis, Jahlil Brown and Melila Brown, her beloved Brother Roy Covington, with whom she shared a special love and his companion Denise Doram, Sister- in-law Earlene Dupree and a host of nieces and nephews, and cousins. Special heartfelt friend, Jodie Weitzel who helped care for her as well as her Love Unlimited church family and host of special friends.
A homegoing service for Trudell will be celebrated at 11:00am on Friday, October 20, 2023 at Love Unlimited Ministries at 734 West Fourth St., Williamsport with Senior Pastor Isaac Evans officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend a public viewing from 10:00am until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.
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