Mary Simpson Johnson

July 6, 1940 - May 6, 2023

07/06/1940 - 05/06/2023

HOBGOOD, NC – Mary Simpson Johnson, age 82, of 5th Street, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at her home.

Mary, affectionately known as “MeMe”, was born on July 6, 1940 to Lane Benton Simpson, Sr. and Emma Hyde Simpson in Stanley County, North Carolina. She was a devoted homemaker to her husband and children. She was a member of Hobgood Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed cooking, sewing, and working in her flowers. Her greatest joy in life was her family and being devoted to her soul mate for 63 years, Sam, which were middle school sweethearts since eighth grade. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many and will be deeply missed by all that knew her.

Along with her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a sister, Sally Baker.

Mary is survived by her beloved husband Sam, a son, Alan Johnson and wife Pam of Coakley, NC; a daughter, Susan Johnson of Tarboro, NC; two grandsons, Timmy Whitehurst (Katelyn) of Pinetops, NC, and Wil Barnes (Amber) of Leggett, NC; two granddaughters, Ashley Johnson (Kenny) of Conetoe, NC, and Caroline Barnes of Hobgood, NC; one great-grandson, Wyatt Whitehurst; two great-granddaughters, Josephine Whitehurst and Grayson Bowen; three brothers, Sonny Simpson of Tarboro, NC, Dan Simpson (Donna) of Spring Hope, NC, and Tom Simpson (Beverly) of Tarboro, NC; two sisters, Estelle Jones (James) of Tarboro, NC, and Wanda Holloman (Bobby) of Tarboro, NC; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no services at this time, however, the family welcomes friends at any time at the house.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated staff at Hospice and Palliative Care of Nash General for the love and wonderful care that was shown to Mrs. Johnson during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hobgood Methodist Church, PO Box 178, Hobgood, NC 27843 or by clicking here or to Hobgood Revitalization Committee, PO Box 444, Hobgood, NC, 27843 on online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Letchworth Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Johnson family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Chris Lucas
11 months ago

Susan and family I’m sorry to hear the news about the passing of Mrs. Johnson. May God be with you all at this difficult time as you all are in my prayers.

Mark Wells, Jr.
11 months ago

Allan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort and peace for you and the family

Paula and Robert Walters
11 months ago

To the Johnson family: you are in our thoughts and prayers

Donna Conover
11 months ago

My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. You are in my thoughts & prayers ❤️??

Faye Gulley
11 months ago

We love Wil and we’re so sorry to hear about his grandmother. Prayers for all the family.

Lynne and Russ Fleming
11 months ago

You are in our thoughts and prayers

Joseph Zakariassen
11 months ago

Sending my love and prayers to the Johnson family. Rest in Peace MeMe