Johnnie Mae (Payne) Ross

December 8, 1938 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Johnnie Ross Obituary

Mrs. Johnnie Mae Ross

A Time to Be Born Ecclesiastes 3:34

Johnnie Mae Ross was born on Dec. 8, 1938 to the lateLillie Mae and
Chandler Payne in Metcalf, GA. After the death of her mother, Chandler married. Lucille Pettis who
nurtured her and her four brothers into adulthood.A Time to LiveAmos 5:4Mrs. Ross was educated in
Thomas County!A Time to ServeSt. John 13:26Johnnie Mae was known for her creative culinary skills,her
flowers, and her love for God, family, and friends. She worked as a cook at Southwestern State Hospital
for more than 30 years. She also showcased her skills as a cook in various local restaurants, family
reunions & church functions.In her spare time, you could find her in the backyard planting and re-
potting flowers. Many of her ferns have been displayed on floats, at weddings, and in local
competitions. Johnnie Mae loved. family and friends and left a memorable impact with everyone she
met. Her comical sense of humor often filled the room with laughter.At an early age, Johnnie Mae gave
her life to the Lord and joined Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.She later moved her membership to
Antioch M.B. Church. For the past 20 years she was a faithful member of First Unity M.B. Church.

A Time To LoveEcclesiastes 3:8

On October 15, 1959, she married James “Joe” Ross. Tothis union there
were 9 children.

A Time To DieEcclesiastes 3:34

Johnnie Mae departed this life on Friday, January 26,2024
at home surrounded by loved ones.

A Time to Cherish Her MomentsEcclesiastes 3:4

Her devoted children- Jewel (Gerald) Simmons, Bainbridge, Ga; Larry Ross (Margaret) Havana, FL; Freddie (Priscilla), Roscoe
(LaTonya) Ross, Pamela N. Ross, Ben (Jenifer) Ross, Selena Ross, Kesha Ross and Yolanda Ross, all of
Thomasville, GA. One brother, John Henry (Carrie) Payne, Gainesville, FL; sister in laws, Vineva Payne,
Monticello, FL; Helen (Nathan) Reynolds, Miccosukee, FL; Mable Johnson, Chrisrine Ford, and Clara Ross,
all of Thomasville, GA; Rev. Charlie Ross (Janice) Boston, GA. and Jessie “Bobby” Ross, Thomasville, GA;
daughter in laws, Genorris Ross, Wendy Ross, Thomasville, GA. 32 grandchildren, 15 great
grandchildren; special friends Louette Hill and El Baker, Junita Thompson; devoted caregiver Lanet Jones
and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.She is preceded in death by three brothers, Leroy

Payne, Melvin Payne, and Walter Payne.

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Public Viewing
January 30, 2024

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hatcher Peoples Funeral Home
820 Wright St.
Thomasville, GA 31792

Celebration of Life
January 31, 2024

1:00 PM
Disciples of Jesus Ministries
228 Augusta Ave
Thomasville, GA 31792

Interment following funeral service
January 31, 2024

Peaceful Rest Cemetery
101 North Pinetree Blvd
Thomasville, GA 31792


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