The Times West Virginian


June 9, 2014

Bessie May Johnson

Bessie May Johnson, 85, of Village Drive, Fairmont, formerly of Rivesville and Montana Mines, passed away late Saturday morning (June 7, 2014) in her residence.

She was born March 25, 1929, in Marion County, daughter of the late Isadore Polion and Goldie Hawkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Robert Johnson, who died in 2006.

She was a Protestant by faith. She was a homemaker in the Marion County area and enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Fred and Mary Johnson of Rivesville; two daughters, Freda and her husband Joe Volek of Montana Mines, and Brenda Johnson of Fairmont; seven grandchildren, Michele and Brittney Wisenbaler of Fairmont, Jonie Wisenbaler of Gainesville, Virginia; Barbara Presley and Lisa Johnson of Rivesville, Holly Draper of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; and Vanessa Johnson of Fairmont; two sisters, Dixie Ashcraft and her husband Gerald, and Della Bell, all of Fairmont; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Van Johnson; three grandchildren, Robert Carpenter, James Johnson and John David Johnson; and five brothers, Guy Phillips, Paul Brotosky, James Brotosky, Frank Brotosky and Robert Ruble.

Family and friends may call at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, from 2-8 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor John Abersold officiating. Burial will follow in Montana Mines Cemetery in Montana Community. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice Care, P.O.Box 760, Arthurdale, WV, 26520. Online condolences may made to

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