Staff


Howard and Odessa Pitts Johnson

Howard and Odessa Pitts Johnson founded Johnson Memorial in 1967 and established a funeral business to be perpetuated. Mr. Johnson, a graduate of Rosedale High School is a World War II Army Air Corps Veteran. He is a Licensed Mortician and Funeral Director; Past Exalted Ruler and Life Member of the Elks Lodge. Mrs. Johnson, a graduate of Dunbar High School and Miles College is a retired Educator. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and serves as Family Attendant. Together, the Johnsons enjoy gathering historical facts of the funeral profession.

Since 1967, Mr. Jessie R. Jones has untiringly served our community. Various roles have included that of Funeral Director, Practical Embalmer and Ambulance Attendant. He represents the longevity and durability of Johnson Memorial service. Mr. Jones is a member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church.

Mr. Jessie R. Jones
Mr. Craig Clark

Mr. Craig Clark is a Licensed Funeral Director and graduate of J.S. Abrams High School. Serving Since 1986, his experience and invaluable aid in all capacities at Johnson Memorial are greatly appreciated. Craig is a fan of the Lakers and the Colts.

A retired Educator, Mrs. Marion M. Evans is synonymous with the grace and dignity of Johnson Memorial. As Attendant, serving since 1987, she is a member of Top Ladies of Distinction and supports her alma mater, Miles College. This Fairfield native is Trustee at Crumbey Bethel Primitive Baptist Church.

Mrs. Marion M. Evans
Mr. Mason Askew, Jr.

Mr. Mason Askew, Jr., serving since 1986, has served as Attendant. A graduate of Brighton High School, this Bible Scholar is a member of Old St. Paul Baptist Church.

Serving since 1994, Mr. Tommy Norris, Attendant, is a U.S. Army Veteran. He is a 1967 graduate of Wenonah High School. He was an Industrial League Baseball player prior to completing Lawson State Community College. He is Deacon at New Hope Baptist Church, Bessemer.

Mr. Tommy Norris
Mr. Michael Nabors

Mr. Michael Nabors, serving as an Attendant since 2008, his willingness to assist families in various capacities offers support and comfort. He is a graduate of Phillips High School and enjoys life with friends through tailgating.

Serving since 2013, Mr. James F. Belcher III, funeral attendant, is a U.S. Naval Reservist. He is a 2012 graduate of Bessemer City High School. His dedication to meeting the needs of each family exemplifies the Johnson Memorial standard of service. Mr. Belcher is a proud member of the 28th Street Church of God.

Mr. James F. Belcher, III
Mr. Derrick Calvin

Funeral Attendant, Derrick Calvin, is a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School and Lawson State Community College. He is a man who wears many hats in service to the community and is a member of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoys cycling and 5k runs. Derrick joined our staff in 2014.

This Fairfield native, Mrs. Laverne Newton Dawson, graduated Fairfield Industrial High School and Miles College. She has been with Johnson Memorial since 2010, serving as an Attendant. Mrs. Dawson provides her unique gentleness, care and genuine concern to families. As first lady of First Ebenezer Baptist Church, she has Christian compassion for all.

Mrs. Laverne Newton Dawson
Brenda Kaye Williams

Brenda K. Williams is a lover of people who became a part of our team of professionals in 2012. Her wonderful persona resonates through interaction with our families. Anointed to teach God’s word as Co-founder of Faith Deliverance Overcoming Cathedral of Prayer, she is mother of three children and an excellent cook.

Ms. Frederica Coleman is an accomplished harpist, having completed studies at Northwestern University. Her musical renditions afford our families a calmness at a most difficult time. She has been dutiful since 2004. Various genres of music, reading and traveling are among her pastime activities.

Ms. Frederica Coleman
Mr. Cleo Jones, Jr

Barbering is a passion for Mr. Cleo Jones, Jr. He lends his skilled hands to make for a clean-cut presentation. Jones has served our families since 1999. He is a barbering graduate of Lawson State College. His hobbies are the Pittsburg Steelers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Mrs. Willie Mae Larry is our exceptional Musician with innumerous years of offering her talent with local churches. Always dependable and willing to lend her service adds another dimension to the Johnson Memorial collaborative efforts to our families.

Mrs. Willie Mae Larry
Mr. Gerald Young

Mr. Gerald Young is a meticulous hair stylist. Gerald’s desire is that all is well with the families we serve. This veteran stylist is a Bessemer native.

Serving Johnson Memorial families as Attendant is Ms. Shelanda Jones. A Brooklyn, New York, native and graduate of Alabama State University with a concentration in Counseling, she is an Usher at Galilee Baptist Church. Ms. Jones has been with Johnson Memorial since 2009. Her hobbies include travel, music and reading.

Ms. Shelanda Jones
Ms. Stephanie Turner Hughes

Ms. Stephanie Turner Hughes is a  Licensed Mortician and Funeral Director. Serving since 1997, this graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is Manager of Service Operations and proudly supports the Green Bay Packers.

Howard G. Johnson, CFSP is a graduate of Faulkner University. Howard grew up at Johnson Memorial and now serves as Managing Mortician and Funeral Director. A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., he establishes the high standards of compliance for us  to better serve our families. He enjoys college basketball and football.

Howard G. Johnson