Marjorie Katherine Johnson Roberts died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 94.
She was born on July 29, 1924, in Chattanooga to Samuel Hodge and Lillian Pendergrass Johnson.
“Maggie” grew up near Cleveland, on a farm made up of land in both Meigs and Bradley counties. At various times, she attended schools in both counties, graduating from Bradley County High School in 1941.
During World War II, she worked as the office manager and bookkeeper for Bethel Brown (BB Food Store) in Cleveland. In 1947, she enrolled at East Tennessee State College (now ETSU) in Johnson City, where she met her future husband, Jack Roberts, of the Glenwood Community in Greeneville.
Marjorie and Jack were married in 1948 and settled in Kingsport. There, Marjorie worked as the bookkeeper and later the manager of the Meade Paper plant’s in-house credit union, and Jack began the career in education which led to their move to Knoxville in 1965.
Marjorie, Jack, and their daughter, Jackie, often visited friends and family in the Cleveland area while living in Kingsport and later Knoxville. “The farm,” as well as Cleveland itself, was forever Maggie’s home.
In Knoxville, Marjorie and Jack relished playing host to family, friends, and colleagues, especially for all sporting events involving the Tennessee Vols. After retirement, most weekends saw them entertaining family members and friends from across the country. Marjorie played basketball at Bradley High School and became an avid, season-ticket-holding fan of the Lady Vols team for many years.
With the help and companionship of her sister Nell’s daughter, Karen Ford Eickhoff, Maggie was able to stay in her home in Knoxville until 2012 when she moved to Tucson, Ariz., to be near her daughter Jackie. In Tucson, Marjorie enjoyed frequent family gatherings with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Marjorie’s caregivers, friends, and family appreciated her sweet smile and good humor, both of which she maintained until the end of her life.
In addition to her parents and husband Jack, Marjorie was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Johnson Clark.
She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Roberts Crockett and her son-in-law, Douglas Crockett, of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren: Thomas Crockett of Los Angeles, Calif., and Eleanor Crockett of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister Nell Johnson Ford of Concord, N.C.; brother, Bobby Johnson of Murphy, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on April 19, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church in the Glenwood Community, Greeneville.
Marjorie’s preferred charities were schools and food banks. Memorial donations may be made to the Greeneville or Bradley County Public Schools or to any community food bank of the donor’s choice.
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