Obituary for Mrs. Jessalyn Gray Johnson

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Mrs. Jessalyn Gray Johnson

October 28, 1937 - June 11, 2018

Jessalyn Gray Johnson was born in Texarkana, Texas to the parentage of Clarence L. Gray
and Emma Mae Sasser Gray on October 28, 1937.
She accepted God at an early age and remained devout her entire life.
Jessalyn excelled as a student at Dunbar High School, so much so, that the local branch of the
N.A.A.C.P. sponsored she and another young man to attempt to integrate Texarkana Junior
College in 1956. This attempt was unsuccessful due to the hostile actions of a crowd.
The N.A.A.C.P. offered a scholarship to Jessalyn at the newly integrated North Texas State College, now The University of North Texas. Her scholarship was managed by the esteemed Dallas Civil Rights leader, Mrs. Juanita Craft.
At The University of North Texas, Jessalyn met and married the love of her life, Herbie Kay Johnson. To this union two sons were born, Larry and James K.
Jessalyn loved her church; Metropolitan Baptist, and she loved her civic/social club; Dallas Metropolitan Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was also an active member of The Cedar Crest Neighborhood Association.
During their retirement, Jessalyn and Herbie traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe sight seeing and attending music festivals.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of fifty-nine years, her sons, her grandchildren (nine),
her great grandchildren (6), and a host of relatives and friends
Jessalyn lived a brave and love filled life and will never be forgotten.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Black and Clark Funeral Home


2517 E. Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75216

Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Metropolitan Baptist Church


1711 Reynoldston Lane
Dallas, Texas 75232

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Born: October 28, 1937
Died: June 11, 2018

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Mich E posted on 6/14/18

My condolences and many happy memories of Mrs. Johnson be with you all. And I hope that these promises from Jehovah God will help you to endure. “Do not be anxious….but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 25:8 NWT.


Cheryl Rogers posted on 6/14/18

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Cheryl Rogers posted on 6/14/18

Our prayers are with the family. Such sweet person she was. Your brother Everett children. Cheryl Joyce Valencia Darrius Shawn.


Alicia Williams Lightsey posted on 6/14/18

In memory of , Jessalyn Johnson lit a candle