Joanne (Johnson) Gatlin was the sixth of thirteen children born to the late Lawrence T. Johnson and Charlotte L. Luckett on August 30, 1938 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Joanne entered into eternal rest on Wednesday November 13, 2019, she was eighty-one (81) years old.
Joanne moved to Columbus, OH where she met and married Robert L. Gatlin. From their union 3 daughters were born and at the time of his passing they had been married for 37 years.
Joanne was a self-employed Day Care Provider, she devoted over 20 years of her life caring for and nurturing many children.
Joanne gave her life to Christ and served the Lord faithfully as a member of Apostolic Faith Temple. She served on the Mother’s Board, Nurses Board, Usher Board, Deacon Board, held the office of President, Vice President and Sergeant-at-arms during her time with the Missionary department and played a vital role assisting in the church’s kitchen.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Lawrence and Charlotte “Lottie” Johnson; husband, Robert Gatlin; six (6) siblings, Maxine Johnson (Chillicothe, OH), Richard “Bud” Johnson (Chillicothe, OH), Doyle “Tom” (Cora) Johnson, Donald (Cheryl) Johnson, Lawrence “June” (Bernice) Johnson Jr. and Peggy Nolen; and two (2) grandchildren, Shantina Gatlin and Kayla Jordan.
She is survived by her three (3) daughters, Deria (Andre) Gatlin-Jordan, Christine Smith (Saint Johns, FL) and Roberta “Bobbie” (Paul) Rispress; fifteen (15) grandchildren, Jessica Graham (Saint Johns, FL), Robert D. Gatlin, Jasmine Graham (Saint Johns, FL), Carolyn Wadud, Dominic Smith Jr. (Saint Johns, FL), Daevion Smith (Saint Johns, FL), Lester Terry II, Paulette Rispress, Darrius Smith (Saint Johns, FL), Paulita Rispress, Paul Rispress Jr., PaulQuan Rispress, Paulisa Rispress, Aniya Jordan and Pauleah Rispress; one (1) great-grandchild, RobyneA Gatlin; and six (6) siblings, Sherman (Cheryl) Johnson (Gallipolis, OH), Reginald Johnson, Evelyn Johnson, India Diana Sims (Atlanta, GA), Bertha Johnson and Carolyn “Becky” Johnson.
Joanne was a stern but loving servant of God. Everything had to be done in decency and in order. She was well-respected and loved by her community because she truly believed in the phrase “It takes a village”. She helped raise every child in the neighborhood, she fed, clothed and provided shelter to those in need and she would give you the shirt off her back and her last dollar, all you had to do was ask.
She was known by her church family as Sister and/or Mother Gatlin, her siblings lovingly called her “Jo”, but she will probably be most remembered as “Nanny” because she had so many grandchildren using that title; it only seemed fitting for everyone else to follow suite. Whatever name you chose to use, we know that the work she performed here on earth will forever be etched in the memory of a host of family members, Saints and a multitude of friends.
Family will receive friends Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00am until time of service at 11:00am at Apostolic Faith Temple, 1634 E. Main Street, Columbus, OH 43205.
Arrangements by WHITE’S FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 867 S. JAMES ROAD, COLS, OH 43227, BENJAMIN F. “BENNY” WHITE, JR, FUNERAL DIRECTOR, (614)947-1123, whitesfh867.com.
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