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Dolores Hemontolor Johnson

Mrs. Dolores Hemontolor Johnson  “Deese” was born to Dewey and Sadie Kolbe Hemontolor in Wilson County, on September 19, 1938.  Mrs. Johnson, age 81, passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior on April 14, 2020.

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Lebanon High School and was one of the first 13 who graduated from Cumberland Junior College in 1958.  She later graduated from MTSU.  She was a legal secretary for 15 years and later taught at Watertown High School for 28 years. She loved to travel and chaperoned high school students to Europe on 11 occasions.  She was a member of Lebanon First United Methodist Church and attended Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church where her husband serves as pastor.  She was also a 50 year member of Rose Croix Chapter 95 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Shannon Hemontolor; grandson, Adam Johnson; son-in-law, Ernest Morgan.  She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Rev. Dickie W. Johnson; two children:  Wayland (Rhonda) Johnson and Allyson Morgan; grandchildren:  Aaron Upton, David (Charaya) Upton, Noah (Rachel) Johnson and Hannah Johnson; great-grandchildren:  Alexander Bradford, Violet Upton and Gracie Johnson; brothers:  Howard (Cheryl) Hemontolor and Albert (Vickie) Hemontolor, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

“Deese” loved her church and family.  She was a strong believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved and was very proud of her many students at Watertown High School.  She touched so many people and made their lives a little better.  Mrs. Johnson will be missed by her family and all who knew her.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health concerns, there will be a private graveside service Friday, April 17, 2020, at the Commerce Cemetery with Rev. David Hesson officiating.  A public memorial service will be held later in the year when the health emergency has passed.

Memorials may be made to the Widows and Orphans Fund, 100 7th Ave. No., Nashville, TN 37203 or the Chestnut Mound United Methodist Church, 951 Cookeville Hwy., Chestnut Mound, TN 38552.

Friends are encouraged to send online condolences at www.ligonbobo.com

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, (615) 444-2142 in charge of arrangements.

Messages for the Family

  1. Alicia Donegan says:
    I will always remember my days at Watertown High School 9th and 10th grade English with Ms Johnson. She was by far my favorite and best teacher there was.
    • Jessica Entrekin says:
      I will never forget all my lunch breaks with this sweet lady. She will be missed.
      • Floyd and DiAnne Gaddes says:
        Bro. Dickie, Dolores was one of the sweetest women we’ve ever known.
        She was a precious friend to so, so many, us included. May God comfort you as only He can.
        Love, Floyd and DiAnne Gaddes
      • Paulette Miller says:
        I will miss her so much. She was in my family for 62 years. When she and my brother Dickie married. When my parents passed away she and Dickie took on the job of raising my little ten year old sister and myself at the age of 16. I don’t know what we would have done without them. She was only in her early 20’s with two small children. They were wonderful to us. She was a very delightful lady and extremely smart. Anyone who knew her was blessed. I loved her with all my heart. We had so many special talks just the two of us. She will be missed so much.
  2. Harris Dale Hampton says:
    Such a kind, loving and understanding teacher,what an amazing woman. I was asked recently of all the teachers that I’ve had in my life who did I learn the most from in my reply was Miss Johnson I loved having you as my teacher say hi to God for me
  3. Shannon Cooper says:
    The sweetest woman ever!!! My favorite teacher and I was lucky to know her in school and out.. She raised a wonderful family(even Wayland-he was my neighbor) . My childhood was better for knowing her and her family.. She will be missed greatly!! Prayers and love to all her family!!!
  4. Johnie Sims says:
    I’ll never forget everything this wonderful lady did for me and all of her students. She’s was by far my favorite teacher, and she went above and beyond to do everything she could for us.
    • Ashley Williams says:
      awww you used to sing her “hello darlin” and she’d try so hard not to blush
  5. Jill McSweany says:
    I am so sad to hear this. I loved her class. She was always said hello when you passed her in the hall. Always had a big smile. Such a sweet sweet lady. She will be greatly missed.
  6. Jill McSweany says:
    I am so sad to hear this. I loved her class. She always said hello when you passed her in the hall. Always had a big smile. Such a sweet sweet lady. She will be greatly missed.
    • Lou Anne Snyder says:
      Mrs.Johnson taught me at Watertown Jr High back in the
      70’s. She also was my daughter’s teacher in high school many
      years later. She was a kind and loving teacher, and yes she smiled a lot. She left her mark on many students’ lives through the years. Sympathy to the entire family.
    • Mrs. Gaye C. Baird says:
      Great memories from LHS…May God bless her family now and always!
  7. Tina Agee says:
    Mrs. Johnson,
    Thank you for helping my family thru some very ugly times. You took the time to see. You understood all perspectives and taught me “one cannot change others, only oneself”. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
  8. Adam Howell says:
    A remarkable sweet soul, she cared so much for people. Out of all the teachers and all the hard times I had in school, she was my favorite by far. Even years after I left, I went to go visit her. I remember anytime she was going to be out the next day, she would always say I have “Great Expectations” for all of you. If we were bad for the sub, we’d have to write from that dang book lol, but those were some good times. She will be missed, sending prayers for her family. May she rest in peace.
  9. Tiffant Hampton Dies says:
    She was such a very precious lady! It was a privilege to have called her my teacher! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
  10. Danny Cowan says:
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
  11. Shawn Bates says:
    She was one of my favorite teachers.. Prayers to family an friends
  12. Rebecca McKee key says:
    Mrs. Johnson was one of the kindest, most understanding women I have ever meet. I was lucky enough to take one of those European trips with her and had a great time. She was a remarkable woman that I have thought of often. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
  13. Sherri Denson Patchen says:
    She was Always so so Kind, her and her Husband many years ago Bought the little store there at Tuckers cross roads. I worked for them for a while, she knew we were having a hard time and always offered their help. You helped me when I was down and Brought Light back into my Life,where I didnt think at the time there was.. Thank You Mrs. Johnson♡ You will Always be in my Heart . God Bless you and My Thoughts and Prayers go out to her Family she will be Missed But Never forgotten
  14. Elaine Mount says:
    I was surprised and sadden to here of Delores passing. Such a sweet beautiful person!
  15. Keri Cozart says:
    She was truly a blessing! Always ready with a hug and a listening ear. She even let me call her momma, not to take away from my own momma but she was my school momma. I loved her dearly! Such a beautiful soul. Gone but not forgotten
  16. Stephanie Stone says:
    Mrs. Johnson, oh how my heart broke when I heard of your passing. I can only hope it was a peaceful one. You will be remembered as one amazing lady! You were such a comforting soul to help navigate our difficult teenage years. Not to mention, your great sense of humor. I always trusted your guidance and knew you genuinely loved your students and our world, at least for an hour a day, was truly better because of you. My condolences to your family and many thanks for sharing her with all of us.
  17. Andra Piercer Broom says:
    Condolences to the family. She was a great lady and I loved her very much!
  18. Mark Christian says:
    One of my favorite teachers from my 12 years at Watertown schools. Always bugged her about selling me her green & white Laguna! She was one of the BEST! Prayers for her family. Thank you for being a part of my life!
  19. George Reed says:
    Dickie, you and your family are in our prayers. We love you both.
    George & Virginia Reed
  20. Lou Anne Christian says:
    She was one of my favorite teachers. She came as an interim and we never wanted her to leave. I want to be that kind of teacher, friend, lady but most of all Christian. Prayers to all of the family.
  21. Kathy Grisham Leming says:
    I am at a loss myself. I know you are in a better place and you have earned your wings. You were the most wonderful teacher and person. I loved you for the person you were I learned so much from. You will greatly be missed. Rest in peace.
  22. Debbie Huttchson says:
    Mrs. Johnson was my teacher in middle school at Watertown and also my teacher at Watertown High School. She listened and understood the students and always made herself available for you. She had a pleasant smile and beauitful eyes. Praying for this family.
  23. FRANK BALE says:
  24. Brenda and Jr Williams says:
    Dickie and Delores was my favorites …. much love and prayers being sent your families way!!!!
  25. Brandon m jennings says:
    So sorry for your loss, some of my best memories of highschool were in Mrs Johnsons class
    She was an amazing teacher and a beautiful soul. Thank you Mrs Johnson for the memories and always having something kind to say you are loved and missed
  26. Lisa Gregory Jacobs says:
    Dear Brother Johnson and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs. Johnson’s passing. Sending love and condolences. Wishing you comfort in your many good memories of her. Sending love, Lisa
  27. Michele Fisher says:
    Ms. Johnson was such a sweet and kind soul, as a teacher at Watertown and after.
    I always remember her smile and laughter. Definitely a beautiful soul, who’ll be missed by many.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
  28. Patricia Bates says:
    Bro. Dickie, I am so sorry for your loss. Delores was a very kind and loving person. She will be missed. God bless you.
  29. Ginger Corley Freeman says:
    Mrs. Johnson meant so much to my mom and me. They had so many memories together at school. Technically she gave me my first job at the gas station. My thoughts and prayers for the Johnson family.
  30. Lanee Young says:
    I have many fond memories of talking or visiting with Delores when she worked at Ernie’s Construction. She was a great lady and always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this loss.