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Obituary for Opal P. Johnson (Gill)

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