Mrs. Barbara Hayward Johnson, affectionately known as “Moma Cook,” was born in Georgetown, South Carolina on July 20, 1941, to the late Norris Copeland Sr. and Margaret Donella McNeil.
She was united in marriage to the late Harold S. Hayward and through that union six children were born and one nephew was adopted.
She moved from Georgetown, SC to Fort Pierce, FL in 1962. She was later united in marriage to the late Toney Johnson, Sr. on August 18, 1987.
In her earlier years she attended school in South Carolina. She worked in the culinary field which began at the Home Port Inn in Port St. Lucie. She later worked at Bob’s Seafood Family Restaurant where she was recognized in the local newspaper for her cooking abilities. She worked her final years at the Lawnwood Pavilion where she eventually retired. Moma Cook trained many young people how to cook and she left a mark on their lives.
She was a lifetime member of St. Matthew’s Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang with adult choir and church mass choir. She also was a member of Pastor’s Aide auxillary, a deaconess, a culinary aide and she chaired numerous programs. Her favorite hobby was fishing and spending time with her grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
On January 29, 2019, early in the morning hours there was a knock at the door and only she could answer it.
She leaves to cherish five sons: Derrick Leroy Green, Sr. of Martin County, Samuel Hayward of Jasper, FL, Terrance(Sonita)Hayward of Hobe Sound, Steven Hayward and Sam Peaks of Fort Pierce; two daughters: Teresa(Beauford)Williams of Hobe Sound and Deborah(Chemaly)Fleury of Fort Pierce; a brother: Jimmy(Lottie) of South Carolina and two step sisters: Avis Brodie of Fort Lauderdale and Trudie Cobb of South Carolina; Sister in Law, Idella Copeland of Hemingway, SC; Eleven grandchildren: Nicholas King, Derrick Green, Jr., Marcus Hayward, Bobby Ashley, Nathaniel Green, Marly, Aliah, Chemaly Fleury, Jr., Dontavious Mullikin, Tyreek Jones, Samuel Hayward, Jr., several great grands, cousins, and a host of other family members as well as friends that will miss her dearly.
Public visitation will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Stone Brothers Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, FL from 4:00pm-7:00pm. A Homegoing Celebration will convene on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 13th Street Church of God "Greater Faith" in Fort Pierce, FL beginning at 12:00pm.
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