Johnnie Beatrice Ward Coley

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Johnnie Beatrice Ward Coley was born February 7, 1914, in Tenaha, Texas, a small East Texas town.

But she was &8220;Johnnie Bell&8221; to everyone. She married the love of her life, Dickson Phillip Corley in 1939 and they were devoted man and wife for 51 years. Johnnie Bell&8217;s heart was broken on December 3, 1990 when he passed away. For the next 16 years she lovingly dedicated her heart and soul into each and every member of her precious family until the early morning hours of May 31, 2006, when the Lord&8217;s hand reached down from Heaven and put it in her husband&8217;s.

With tears of joy and sorrow she struggled leaving behind, for now, her daughter Sarah Kay Jeffcoat, and daughter Jane Bradbery-Bliss and son-in-law Bill Bliss; her grandchildren, Shawn Jeffcoat, Reagan Bradbery, Devin Bradbery, Brandon Sloan Jeffcoat and his wife Vicki; and her unconditional kindness and love will be forever felt in their touch blessing her great-grandchildren Talis Faith Bradbery, Gage Sloan Jeffcoat, Taylor Nicole Jeffcoat and Aivlynn Sloan Bradbery. And, bringing from childhood throughout her life, her sisters-in-law Ruth Odem of Houston, Lucille Corley of Nacogdoches, Texas, Ione Ward of Longview, Texas and most affectionately her beloved nieces and nephews and faithful friends.

This beautiful lady will be laid to rest along side her husband every so gracefully out of the loving hands of her pallbearers, Bill Bliss, Donnie Jeffcoat, Shawn Jeffcoat, Devin Bradbery, Brandon Jeffcoat and Troy August on Saturday, June 3, 2006. Funeral services were held on June 3 at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston. Interment immediately followed in SouthPark Cemetery.

Anyone wishing to send flowers knows how much she dearly loved them or a donation to the American Cancer Society. Heights Funeral Home directing