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Doreathea “Dobie” Crews Johnson

September 26, 1954 - June 26, 2023

Doreathea “Dobie” Crews Johnson, 68, of Lynchburg went to be with the Lord Monday, June 26, 2023 when she was received in the arms of our Heavenly Father.  She was the wife of the late Stephen Johnson.  She was born on September 26, 1954 in Lynchburg and was preceded in death by her parents, the late Willie M. Crews, Sr. and the late Thelma Calloway Crews.  She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Louise Calloway and paternal grandparents, Clarence Crews, Sr. and Ethel Haythe Crews.

Dobie was educated in the Lynchburg City Public Schools and graduated from E.C. Glass High School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College in August 1976.  Prior to her employment with the library, she worked in the shoe department in sales at Leggett Department Store in downtown Lynchburg.

Dobie worked as a professional librarian with the Lynchburg City Public Library for over 40 years and retired in 2016.  She worked as a Residential Administrator for Sisters Heavenly Homes Residential Services from 2016 until her passing.  She was a faithful member of Providence Transformation Church International in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted son, Makis Tivon Johnson of Lynchburg (his fiancé, Shawna of Kentucky); her siblings, Willie Crews, Jr. of Harvey, Louisiana; Norma Crews Everett (William “Bill”) of Madison Heights, Virginia; Bernard Lee Crews of Cleveland, Ohio; Paulette Crews Jones (Welford) of Lynchburg, Virginia and Rodney Crews (Sarah) of Rustburg, Virginia.  She is also survived by a host of relatives too numerous to name.  However, she had very close family bonds with her nephew, Samuel “Boo” Brew and niece, Antoinette “Toire” Collins.  She adored all of her nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews as well as numerous loving other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2023, at Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Followed by a Celebration of Dobie’s Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home with Bishop Dr. James E. Coleman, Jr. officiating.  A repast will follow the service at the funeral home.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Since the time I moved to Lynchburg at age 22, the Lynchburg library was were i use spent alot if time due to my love for reading, there is where I met her,always helpful and showing me where to locate the book I searched for,,that beautiful smile that I never seen her without, that kind caring demeanor that was always permanent. Her strong faith in God and knowing it was a blessing that God allowed me to be in your earthly presence before he brought your beautiful soul back home. I will always cherish those moments. I will miss you. 🙏🏿❤️

Posted by Matthew Word on July 13, 2023

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Posted by Kelvin Calloway on July 10, 2023

Rest in peace aunt Dobie. Your heart, grace laughter and smile will be truly missed. ..but your memory will live on through all of us. We love you so very much.

Posted by Sam and Sereta on July 10, 2023

May God’s love and peace be with you.

Posted by Michael and Terry Calloway on July 10, 2023

Where did the time go? I miss and Love my Dearington family dearly. It's been so long since I've seen her. It saddens me and it brings back fond Memories of that special time in our lives shared with open hearts, Laughter, and Smiles. On behalf of the entire Payne family... We wish you Love!

Posted by Martin Payne on July 10, 2023

Dear Family our hearts are so very sad to hear our sweet Dobie passed away. She was an Angel on Earth as she now is in Heaven. May God have favor, grace and mercy on all of us blessings each of us with his love and comfort during this time. We will miss her sweet face, laughter and smiles she always gave to all that she was around. Dobie had such a good heart which touch many souls. May you RIP Dobie🙏🏽 We Love You!!!!!❤️Natress, Margaret, Rene, Keta and Skyler 🥰

Posted by Anonymous on July 8, 2023

Makis, Willie, Norma, Paulette, Bernard, Rodney and Family, God bless you on the tremendous loss of Dobie, my long term friend. We grew up in Dearington, attended Dearington Elementary, Dunbar Jr. High and EC Glass High. Dobie was my 'Running Buddy', well as much as Mrs. Crews and my parents Sidney & Lois Dillard would allow us to the games, YMCA/YWCA dances and riding through the block! Dobie was a real sweetheart and often the voice of reason among our peers. Like Louis Smith said earlier, I always ran by the Library when in town. She will be sorely missed. I trust the family will take a measure of comfort in knowing she is where we strive to be, enjoying the sights and sounds of Heaven while resting in the bosom of our Savior. Well done my good and faithful friend!

Posted by Paula Dillard Shaw- VA Beach, VA on July 6, 2023

Paulette, Norma, and family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Dobie was a beautiful person inside and out. In this time of loss, may your hearts feel the tender nearness of God, the caring love of friends, and the cherished comfort of memories. Continued prayers for all.

Posted by Carol Johnson on July 6, 2023

My deepest condolences to Paulette and the entire family at this time. I know your hearts are heavy at this time of great loss of your loved one. I pray God's strength to each of you. Sending many prayers and hugs.

Posted by Delphia Holland Lynch on July 5, 2023

My sincere sympathy to Doreatha's family. We went to Dunbar Jr. High and E.C.Glass High Schools together. She was a sight to behold and so kind and sweet. Every time I visited my parents I made it a habit to stop by the library to see her and catch up on the latest news. She was an Ambassador for the City of Lynchburg. Truly a wonderful person! May God continue to bless you during this time of loss.

Posted by Louis Smith on July 5, 2023

Ms. Johnson was always cordial to me at the public library. A super nice person.

Posted by Burt Smiley on July 5, 2023

To Paulette and Family I was very sad when I saw Dobie had passed. My prayers go out to you and all of the Family. Dobie was such a sweet soft spoken Lovable person, I also worked with her at the Library, and we grew up together, GOD Bless you all If I can do anything for you please let me know. Love Beverly Thomas

Posted by Beverly Thomas on July 5, 2023

My condolences to the family, especially Paulette. I know you will miss her and I had no idea she was ill. May the family find comfort in prayer bless all of you.

Posted by Darrel C Ramage on July 4, 2023

I am extending sincere condolences and prayers of comfort to Paulette and family in the passing of your loved one. May she rest in heavenly peace.

Posted by Rosalyn Davis on July 4, 2023

My deepest condolences to the family of this sweet sweet soul. I stayed in the library when I was growing up in the Burg and always thought she the kindest, respectful woman that was in the right position. May God reward her in the upmost way. R.I.P.

Posted by Kimberly Smith-Wills on July 4, 2023

I'm sorry for your loss. She was always kind, helpful and professional.

Posted by Vernessa Harvey on July 3, 2023

"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." Psalm 24 :7 To the Crews/Johnson family, I will always cherish precious memories of growing up with Dobie in Dearington. She always had a sweet, quiet, fun-loving spirit. We had some great times together. I am grateful for the last time Dobie & I talked at the Dearington Reunion. Rest well my friend. Family you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Shirley Stamps Jackson on July 3, 2023

I worked at the library with Dobie for many years. She was so sweet, friendly, and helpful. Condolences to Makis and the rest of Dobie's family.

Posted by Candice Michalik on July 3, 2023

I’m so so sorry to hear about the passing of such a beautiful lady. We attended church together and I absolutely just loved her. I am praying for her family. We know she is resting in the Lord’s arms.

Posted by Alrie on July 2, 2023

Sincere condolences to Maquis and the Crews family. Although my heart is heavy, I find relief in the knowledge that Dobie knew the Lord. Rest in peace dear friend.

Posted by Diane Chandler on July 2, 2023

Being a very frequent patron of the Lynchburg Library, I ALWAYS loved seeing the smiling face and sweet, helpful personality of Dobie. Knowing that she was the sister of my friend and co-worker Paulette made it even nicer. Paulette and all your family; I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Dobie. Sincerely, Cindy Harper

Posted by Cindy Harper on July 2, 2023

To the Crews family. I express my deepest condolences and prayers to your lovely family. Mrs Crews was always so helpful to me at the Library. Such a sweet Spirited lady. And to her sister GOD bless you, You have always been a sweet nice lady as well. John 14:1-4. I bid you all GODS speed and His Blessings and comfort. Ellen

Posted by Ellen on July 2, 2023

Ms. Dobie, I will truly miss you, always greeted me with a smile and wonderful conversations. May heaven smile upon you. RIP Ms. Dobie

Posted by Delphine Jones on June 30, 2023

My deepest condolences to the Crews Family. May God grant you all strength to endure the days ahead. The Brew Family

Posted by Joann Brew Bowman on June 30, 2023

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