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Willie Mae Johnson Whatley
Mrs. Willie Mae Johnson Whatley of Atlanta, passed September 20,2018. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 2295 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW, The Reverend Damon P. Williams, Ph.D., pastor, officiating, Reverend Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Eulogist. Interment, Lincoln Cemetery. The remains will be placed in state at the church at 10 a.m. The cortege will assemble at the residence at 10 a.m.
Willie Mae Johnson Whatley was born to the late Mrs. Dovie L. Campbell Johnson and the late Mr. Williams Henry Johnson in Rome, Georgia on December 23, 1924. She was well known and preferably called “Bill”.
Willie Mae (Bill) graduated from the Main High School in Rome, Georgia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Clark College. She attended Atlanta University and earned additional certification in Elementary Education.
Willie Mae was a dedicated and devoted teacher in the Atlanta Public School System. She taught at A. F. Herndon Elementary School for thirty-two years where she always met and greeted her students with a smile, love, kindness and acceptance. Her expert teaching skills became apparent and her students thrived and progressed under her skillful teaching .
Willie Mae joined Providence Missionary Baptist Church in 1958 and was an active member of the Deaconess Board. She derived much pleasure from her affiliation with the L. O. B. Club, and other social and civic activities.
Willie Mae was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished the time she spent with her family. She was married to Mr. Albert L. Whatley, Jr. who preceded her in death in 1980.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Patricia Wheeler Karim (Ahmad), Andrea Whatley House, Margo Whatley Williams; six grandchildren, Alden Rico Wheeler (Adria), Wilhemena Horton Lyles, Preston Horton, Jamie Lynn House, Myah Jenise Williams and Brandon Leon Brimfield; nineteen great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Bernice J. Long; Godson, Darryl Cotton; the Whatley family and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Franklin Horton and a sister, Dr. Thelma J. Roundtree.