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March 21, 2017


Ernestine Johnson Potter
January 03, 1958 - March 11, 2017

Ernestine Johnson was born January 3, 1958 in Bogalusa, Louisiana to Aristine Johnson and the late Johnny C. Lewis. She was later married to the late Ray Brister when she became Ernestine Brister. She died peacefully in her home on March 11, 2017.
At an early age, Ernestine Potter joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church under the leadership of the deceased, Rev. Dr. Tom Bailey. Ernestine was a servant for the Lord. While attending Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, she was an active member in the Missions Ministry. Later, she became a member of Christ Way Ministries on June 12, 2016 and rededicated her life to Christ.
Ernestine was a prime example of a virtuous woman. She served God with all of her heart, mind and soul. She sought his will for her life and followed his ways. Proverbs 31:26.
Ernestine was a virtuous mother and a strong, willing warrior for the Lord. She taught her children the ways of her father in heaven. She nourished her children with the love of Christ, disciplined them with care and wisdom and trained them in the way they should go. Proverbs 31:17. She will be sadly missed by her children.
Ernestine leaves to cherish her memories to her children: Tekeisha (John) Ard, Keona (Eddie) Johnson of Bogalusa, Louisiana and Sonya (Omar) Latimer of Bolingbrook, IL. Her grandsons: Laderious Rashad Johnson, Javontay Owens, Eddie Johnson IV and Rodrick Johnson all of Bogalusa, La. Her granddaughters: Gabrielle Ard, Amaya Johnson, Jasmine Johnson of Bogalusa, La. Kylah and Jayla Latimer of Bolingbrook, IL and Takia Ard of Covington, La.
Her brothers: Willie A. Johnson, Robert E. Johnson, Larry Johnson, Minister Alton Johnson, and Albert Jackson.
Her sisters: Willistine Watson of Atlanta, Ga, Emma Gatlin, Charlotte (Stefon) Gibson, Angela (Kobely) Clarke, Christine Moses of Bogalusa, La. Tonya (Fred) Bickham, of Columbia MS and Johnnie Titia Lewis of Baton Rouge, La.
Ernestine is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Brister, beloved son Mitchell L. Johnson, her father Johnnie C. Lewis, her brother Johnnie Lee Johnson, her sister Christine May, her sister-in-law Latonya Shun Johnson, nephew Senior Airman Myron Roderick Harriel, her grandparents, Hosie and Etta McKelphin, aunt Ms. Ernestine Austin Young and two uncles, Mr. Herbert and Willie B. McKelphin.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 11:00AM – 1:00PM followed by funeral service at 1:00 P.M. at Mt. Carmel Baptist 841 East Third Street Bogalusa, LA with Rev. Douglas Hart ~ Host Pastor and Pastor Michael Oree ~ Officiating. Crain and Sons Funeral Home – Bogalusa are in charge of arrangements.

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