Ella Vernice Thomas-Youngblood 87 of Dallas, TX died Saturday February 11, 2017 in McKinney, TX. Services will be held Tuesday February 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Greater Harvest Church Of God In Christ in Dallas, TX; with Supt. Richard Thomas officiating, Bishop A. LaDell Thomas, Jr. eulogist, and Bishop Corby Bush, Sr. Pastor. Interment will follow at Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. in Lane C.
Evangelist (Mother) Ella Vernice Johnson-Youngblood was the nineth child of eleven children born to the late Elder and Mother Ira and Vinnetta Thomas, Sr. She was reared up in a home where the principles of holiness were taught and lived. She was married to Joe Johnson for 40+ years until his demise and to this union two children (son and a daughter)were born.
One Sunday night, she visited Pentecostal Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ in Waco, Texas where her brother, Bishop A. LaDell Thomas Sr. was the pastor. The title of his sermon was “He Went Home Another Way”. The Lord saved her and filled her with the Holy Ghost. Yes, she went home another way. She went back home to Dallas and by the recommendation of her father Elder Ira Thomas, Sr. joined the Wheatley Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Joe S. Jackson She was a faithful member and strong supporter of the ministry. She attended Sunday School and Bible Band, but her greatest contribution to the church was her service as church secretary, youth worker, and as a member of the hospitality board. Evangelist Ella V. was known for her spirit of excellence. Her delectable gourmet meals distinguished her as one of the best chefs in Texas Northeast. She was also an anointed prayer warrior who led and facilitated many shut-ins.
After the death of Elder Joe S. Jackson, Evangelist Johnson continued her service in ministry at Wheatley COGIC under the leadership of the then Superintendent J. Neaul Haynes. In the mid 70's Bishop Haynes established Saintsville Church of God in Christ. Evangelist Johnson served as president of the Missionary Board for many years. After her daughter received salvation at the Lighthouse COGIC in the 80s she joined there to support and mentor her for a short time before returning to Saintsville.
In the early 2000s, Evangelist Johnson joined the Greater Harvest COGIC under the leadership of Bishop Corby Bush, Sr.. Bishop and 1st Lady Bush loved Evangelist Johnson-Youngblood's homemade soup. There she met and married Brother Horace Youngblood. Two additional children(two daughters)were added to the family. These two were faithful members until there health declined.
Evangelist (Mother) Ella V. Johnson-Youngblood lived a virtuous life based on biblical principles and precepts. She knew God and her life exemplified it. She was honest, conscientious and of high moral worth. She was a woman of class and dignity.
She is preceded in death by her hushands, Joe Johnson, Horace Youngblood, daughter Missionary Sharon Anderson, Brothers:Rev Al Thomas, Laverne Thomas, Berry Thomas, Otha B. Thomas, Ira Thomas, Jr., Elder Willie Charles Thomas,Sr., and Bishop A. LaDell Thomas, Sr., Sisters: Ruby Thomas-Hayes, Christine Thomas-Henderson, and Phonorah Thomas-Brown.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Artis Johnson, 2 daughters- Regina and Alexis Youngblood, 5 loving and devoted grandchildren: Christi, Weldon, and Torin Anderson, Arsean Session, and Isaiah Youngblood, 11 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, 2 sisters in law: Mrs. Alfreda Thomas and Evangelist (Mother) Elnora M. Thomas, Devoted friends: Sis. Eddie Delaney, Evangelist Joan Wilson, Evangelist Opal King and 1st Lady Pearl Clerkley. Bishop Coby Bush and the Greater Harvest COGIC, Bishop James Hornsby, Mother Vivian Haynes and the Saintsville COGIC, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Viewing will be held Tuesday February 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Online condolences may be left at www.jcwhitefd.com.
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