CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
May 22, 1937 - May 26, 2019
Johnnie Mae Harden, 82, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Celebrating Her Birth
Johnnie Mae Harden was born to the late Rosie Harden Wilform and the late Johnny Featherstone on May 22, 1937, in York County, South Carolina.
Johnnie Mae was preceded in death by relatives who played a significant role in her childhood and young adult years: Mary Stewart (Grandmother) and Reverend Chauncey L. Mann, Sr. and Mrs. Hattie Mann (Uncle and Aunt). One sister also preceded her in death: Ollie Roberta White-Starks.
Celebrating Her Love for Family
At an early age, Johnnie Mae moved from York County, South Carolina to Charlotte, North Carolina, to live with her beloved Aunt Hattie and Uncle Chauncey. Because of their sincere love for the family, Hattie and Chauncey received Johnnie Mae as their adopted daughter, from which she inherited a brother, Chauncey L. Mann, Jr. (C.L.).
Johnnie Mae was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friends Johnnie Mae’s easygoing personality and gentle spirit made her a magnet of love for her family, friends, and community. This was evident, as she became a caregiver for her mother Rosie and her Aunt Hattie and Uncle Chauncey until their death. As a single parent, Johnnie Mae went to extraordinary lengths to take care of her daughters Mary Lee, Felecia, and Cheryl. Johnnie Mae loved her family and friends and always made her home a welcoming place for them to visit. She enjoyed attending family gatherings, traveling, and cruising with family and friends.
Johnnie Mae leaves to cherish the memories of her loving spirit; three daughters, Mrs. Mary L. Battle, Ms. Felecia Harden, and Ms. Cheryl Harden, all of Charlotte; one sister: Annie Lewis Gill of York, South Carolina: five grandchildren: Travis Harden, Jaron Harden, Terrence Harden, LaAmie Battle and Gabrielle Harden; three great grandchildren: Terrica Hymes, Alayah S. Harden, Mi'Khia E. Harden, Ja'Zhier Harden and Destinee T.M. Harden. Her devoted friends, Shelia (Renee) Patterson, Judy Patterson and Goddaughter, Mrs. Priscilla Chisholm all of Charlotte, NC, as well as a host of cousins in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Texas, and California.
Celebrating Her Values and Service
Johnnie Mae received her early formal education in York County, South Carolina but later moved to Charlotte, NC, in 1949. It was during this time that Johnnie Mae began attending Fairview School and learned to play the piano. She then continued her education at West Charlotte High School, where she played the xylophone in the school’s marching band and graduated in 1957. She was in the first 9th grade class to attend the new West Charlotte High School built in 1954 at 2219 Senior Drive. In addition, she recently celebrated her 60th West Charlotte class reunion August 2017 and had a joyous time with her fellow classmates.
Not long after graduation, Johnnie Mae returned to South Carolina to work and spend time with her mother and family and friends in South Carolina. While in South Carolina, Johnnie Mae joined Langrum Branch Baptist Church, in York, SC. However, after returning to Charlotte, North Carolina, Johnnie Mae joined Second Calvary Baptist Church, where she was actively involved in the Adult Sunday School Class, the New Members’ Ministry, the Evangelism Ministry, the New Members ministry, the Clothing Closet Ministry, the Missionary Circle, and the Sanctuary and the Gospel Choir.
She worked at Multipi Machinery for over 20 years and worked part-time for many years at the West Charlotte Drive In, a soul food restaurant and social hot spot on Beatties Ford Road from the ’60s to the early ’80s. It claimed to have the world’s juiciest hamburgers, and no one ever sued it for misrepresentation. She late retired from Queens College/University in the late 90's.
She loved researching her family genealogy and made it her business to obtain and keep the obituaries of her deceased family members. She enjoyed being around her family and friends reminiscing about the good ole times.
She will always be remembered for her kind and loving nature. She was always giving to others, going out of her way to help someone in need. She had an infectious smile and laugh that made people gravitate towards her.
Celebrating Her New Life
Johnnie Mae Harden departed her Earthly life and stepped into her new Eternal life on Sunday, May 26, 2019, while visiting her family in California. She is now celebrating her new life with her family in Heaven.
A funeral service to Celebrate the Life of Ms. Johnnie Mae Hardin will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Second Calvary Baptist Church 114 Nelson Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216. The visitation will begin at 11:00 AM and the funeral service will begin at 12:00 PM. Interment immediately following service at York Memorial Park, 5150 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28217.
The Family have entrusted arrangements to Boston's Mortuary.