Opal Johnson

Opal P. Johnson (Gill)

Saturday, November 26th, 1927 - Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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Opal P. Johnson, 91, of Murphysboro, passed away 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Manor Court of Carbondale.

Opal was born on November 26, 1927, in Sand Ridge, Illinois, to Lafayette and Muriel (Clark) Gill.

She had worked as a seamstress at the Calcrest Factory in Murphysboro.

Mrs. Johnson was a very active member of the Church of the Nazarene, until her health failed.

She married Joseph Johnson on May 9, 1946, in Hernando, Mississippi, and he preceded her in death on April 17, 1992.

Opal is survived by five children Joe (Marla) Johnson of Chester, Ron F. (Donna) Johnson of Murphysboro, Dan (Debbie) Johnson of Percy, Phyllis (Pat) Maloney of Peoria, Rita (Gary) Followell of Saginaw, TX;

one daughter in law Rosalind Johnson of Carterville;

fifteen grandchildren Steve, David, Shawn, and Jeremy Johnson, Danielle Blythe, Jennifer Johnson, Joshua and Joey Johnson, Megan Hull, Ashley Dunn, Eric and Brian Maloney, Jacob Followell, Derrick and Brandon Johnson;

twenty-one great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren;

one sister Ethel Davis of Tulsa, OK; and one sister in law Barbara Gill of Tulsa, OK.

She was preceded in death by one son Chester Johnson; two grandsons Christopher and Joseph Johnson; five brothers Leonard Clark, Glen Gill, Harold Gill, William Gill, and Leon "Bud" Gill; five sisters Mildred Asbury, Jenny Carter, Mary Johnson, Rosie Camden, and Eileen Moake.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Pettett Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Frye officiating and burial at Worthen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Nazarene or to Worthen Cemetery. For more information, please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jim Frye
  • Interment

    Worthen Cemetery


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David, Karen, Jessalyn, Logan and Hayden sent flowers to the family of Opal P. Johnson (Gill).
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Lisa Coulter

Posted at 01:06pm
To Rita
I'm so very sorry to hear this. Your Mother was always so kind to me when I visited your home. My condolences to your family
Lisa Coulter (Ellis)

Roger Pierson

Posted at 09:04pm
Sorry to hear about opal. She knew my mother Lela Pierson. I do remember her coming by and visiting. Nice lady.


David, Karen, Jessalyn, Logan and Hayden

Posted at 09:53pm
In honor of the sweetest Grandma ever. Rest in peace. You are loved and missed by many.
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