Barbara Ann Johnson (née Harrington) was born on Nov. 6th, 1935 in a small town called Kollock, South Carolina to her late parents Barbara Ann and Leroy Harrington. She was the 1st of 6 children. She spent her youth growing up in Cheraw, SC. She grew up with her 5 siblings Leroy Harrington Jr. (deceased), Otis T. Harrington, Willie Harrington (deceased), Mary Elizabeth (Lib) Harrington and Delores Ann McCray (deceased).
She attended and graduated from Coulter Memorial Academy in 1953. She gave birth to her 1st daughter, Wayne Rhonda Harrington in Cheraw, SC. Shortly after she decided to share a place in NYC, with her best friend “Randy.”
While living in Brooklyn, she met her future husband, Mack Johnson Jr. Barbara was blessed to have a large and loving family. She conceived 5 more children, Serena V. Johnson, Maurice C. Johnson, Marlo Johnson (deceased), Dennis L. Johnson and Darren M. Johnson. As a mother, she was generous, loving and kind. She made a living working at Royal Farms Supermarket in Brooklyn. Sadly, Mack passed away in January 1975.
Later, she changed professions and started working as a Clerical Administrator for the Department of General Services at 345 Adams Street, in Brooklyn. She worked there until Mayor David Dinkins left office in 1993. In her free time, she loved to cook, play cards, play her numbers and go to Atlantic City. She is known for her infamous macaroni & cheese, as well as her fried corn. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating her food, you have been blessed.
In October 2021, her health slowly started to decline. She would eventually succumb to complications stemming from these medical issues. Barbara passed away on May 22nd, 2022. She was fiercely devoted to her ever growing family. She will be deeply missed by her children, Rhonda, Serena, Maurice, Dennis and Darren. Her 15 grandchildren Crystal, Hillary, Danielle, Aja, Kirk, Jessica, Maurice (Lil Reese/deceased), Candyce, Joshua, Ta’Shonda, Tenicka, Warren (Rock), Steve, Darrenisha and Claudia. She leaves behind her siblings, Mary and Otis, as well as a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, extended family and friends. Her impact on those around her will be felt for many years to come.
Even though we are all saddened for having lost you, we are happy knowing that the angels have finally gotten you back. Goodbye to a wonderful woman and mother.