Friday, March 17, 2017

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: The Obituary of Gwendolyn Cecilia (Mikal) Johnson-Turk

November 4, 1957 - March 14, 2017

Gwendolyn Cecilia (Mikal) Johnson-Turk, (a.k.a. “Wendy”) 59, of Stockbridge, GA passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA.

Mikal was born in Apalachicola, Florida on November 4, 1957, to the late Deacon Abe Johnson, Sr., and the late Pastor Azalee Pollock-Johnson. She was baptized at an early age by the late Rev. Raymond A. Roger, former Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Apalachicola.  She attended Apalachicola High School up to her junior year before moving to Dayton, OH to live with her older sister (Sandra), where she attended and graduated from Belmont High School and attended college at Wright State University. Mikal moved to Atlanta, GA in 1980, and found employment with Atlanta Gas Light, later with Marta Train Transportation and at AT&T before becoming an entrepreneur.  After making her home in the Atlanta area, she met and married on September 26, 1987, her husband of 30-years, Odis Turk.

She is survived by Odis and one son Michaiah Israel (Winnie), four brothers, Dr. Abe Johnson, Jr., (Mittie), The Rev. Aldrich D. Johnson, Sr., (Faye), Apalachicola Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., (Gail), Robert Hall Johnson, (Teresa), two sisters, Evangelist Andra L. Johnson-Bryan (Preston), and Ethel Banks and a host of nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins and close family friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three siblings, Vennie Carolyn Johnson-Hall, Sandra Lee Johnson and Viola Johnson.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the International Christian Fellowship Ministries - 461 School Dr. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30354, the Rev. William BGK Harris, Pastor. Dr. Johnson (her eldest brother) will deliver the eulogy. The final resting place will be in Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jomarcus Collins (cousin), Anthony Rucker (family friend) Aldrich D. Johnson, Jr., (nephew), Van W. Johnson, II (nephew), Ezekiel B. Johnson (nephew) and Randall L. Johnson (nephew). 

Arrangements are under the direction of Raleigh, Rucker Funeral Home - 2199 Candler Rd, Decatur, GA 30032. Family visitation will be held at Raleigh, Rucker Funeral Home on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., followed by Friends from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. The repast will be held inside the International Christian Fellowship Ministries fellowship hall/dining area.  Flowers and arrangements can be sent directly to the funeral home and sympathy cards can be addressed and mailed to Michaiah Israel at 3204 Fairington Club Dr., Lithonia, GA 30038.

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