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Grace Miller Karnes Johnson

November 7, 1921 - November 11, 2021

Grace Miller Karnes Johnson, 100, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021, after just celebrating her 100th birthday. She was born on November 7, 1921, to the late James Miller Karnes and Leola Merton James Karnes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Page Johnson and siblings, Dot, Irene, Opal, Carl, Ray, Wayne, Winnie, and Elwood.

Grace was a long-time member of Longwood Avenue Baptist Church where she was the clerk for 50 years. She worked for many years at Rubatex until she retired. Grace loved reading, playing Rook, and doing the daily crossword puzzles. She loved her family and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sisters, Hazel Gray and Anne K. Duncan, sister-in-law, Mae Karnes, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Longwood Avenue Baptist Church, 1304 Longwood Ave. Bedford, VA 24523.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Chapel, Bedford, with Pastor Danny Holdren and Rev. Ross Gilfillen officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com

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I just found out today, November 27th. My heart ❤️ is broken. I was thinking about visiting her today butI would wait until Monday when it would be less busy and I would wish her a belated birthday. I use to visit her at least two to three times a month until the Covid-19 hit our country then our visits came to an end . I visited her once last year and once early this year. She had changed so much. I remembered her as a well dressed talkative lady and now she hardly spoke and looked very unkempt and worn out. It made me so sad to see her like this. I remembered the nurses saying in our last visit of possible Covid-19 cases and that was one thing I didn’t want to ever give her. I miss our talks and her smile. I miss her stories of growing up on the farm and how she would go out and work on the farm versus staying in and taking care of the youngins or how her mom would go with her father to town to make sure he would pick out good “flour” sacks so she could use them to make her daughters dresses out I’m of them. Then she would veer off and tell me how she worked in Washington during the war. How she and he husband loved to travel… I miss-you Grace … I would always would tell you that you would make it to 100 and would tease you that maybe you would reach 110. She would always tell me she was very healthy and loved the food at the Elks Home!!!

Posted by Cindy on November 27, 2021

I just found out today, November 27th. My heart ❤️ is broken. I was thinking about visiting her today butI would wait until Monday when it would be less busy and I would wish her a belated birthday. I use to visit her at least two to three times a month until the Covid-19 hit our country then our visits came to an end . I visited her once last year and once early this year. She had changed so much. I remembered her as a well dressed talkative lady and now she hardly spoke and looked very unkempt and worn out. It made me so sad to see her like this. I remembered the nurses saying in our last visit of possible Covid-19 cases and that was one thing I didn’t want to ever give her. I miss our talks and her smile. I miss her stories of growing up on the farm and how she would go out and work on the farm versus staying in and taking care of the youngins or how her mom would go with her father to town to make sure he would pick out good “flour” sacks so she could use them to make her daughters dresses out I’m of them. Then she would veer off and tell me how she worked in Washington during the war. How she and he husband loved to travel… I miss-you Grace … I would always would tell you that you would make it to 100 and would tease you that maybe you would reach 110. She would always tell me she was very healthy and loved the food at the Elks Home!!!

Posted by Cindy on November 27, 2021

So sorry for your loss!

Posted by Diana Martin on November 14, 2021

I was sorry to hear that Mrs. Johnson passed away. She lived a great long life to be 100 years old before she died. I am so glad that she got to celebrate her 100th birthday before she died. I know that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are reunited in Heaven together. I am glad that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are reunited in Heaven together. I have some fond memories of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. When I was a kid, I lived on Oakwood Street in Bedford, Virginia. When I lived on Oakwood Street, my parents and I would walk around the neighborhood every night. When we would walk around the neighborhood, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson would be out in their yard. They would give me a silver dollar bill. They were two of the kindest people I knew. They were two of the best people that I knew also. They were one of my favorite neighbors on Oakwood Street. I miss Mr. Johnson very very much. I will miss Mrs. Johnson very very much. I will always love Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. I will remember Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and I will never forget Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. I am so glad that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are reunited in Heaven together. I am excited to see Mr. and Mrs. Johnson in Heaven together one day.

Posted by Keaton Hanks on November 12, 2021

joe and grace were the most gracious couple. they looked out for Dave and me when we were at Temple. i know heaven is rejoicing!

Posted by dave and naomi wood davis on November 12, 2021

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