Jerrye Verneil Johnson Yancy
Sister Jerrye Verneil Johnson Yancy being obedient to the Master made her earthly exit
and entered into eternal rest on October 18, 2023 at her home with her daughter and son by her side.
Born in DeRidder, LA to Bertha & Rube Johnson on January 24, 1937.
Sister Yancy was educated in the DeRidder public school system. Then she went on to
further her education at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge majoring in English. She went to back to school and received her Master’s in English.
After attending school, she socialized with Mrs. Barbara Jean and Mr. Euell Langston and asked one evening, “who is that tall drink of water?” Well, that tall drink of water happened to be Allen Yancy! They were married on December 14, 1966.
She was a baptized at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and she kept her membership, but later joined Beech Grove Baptist Church to be with husband.
She loved being a mother and wife, but she still loved education. She worked in education at every duty station. She taught at the college level, as well as in the primary and secondary levels in Waterloo, Iowa, Lansing, MI, Milwaukee, WI, Peoria, IL, and DeRidder, LA. She had a heart of gold and made a difference in every child’s life! If you needed a dollar, she gave it to you, even if it was her last.
She was a caregiver and moved back to DeRidder to take care of her mother until her
demise. She also took care of her brother Babe Ruth and her father Rube Melvon until their demise.
She also loved her community, speaking at many occasions. Most of all, she loved
speaking at church. She loved the Lord and would tell everyone about her love for the Lord.
She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 25+ years. She was initiated
in Sigma Chi Omega Chapter at Fort Johnson, LA (formerly known as Fort Polk). She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Waterloo, Iowa. She was a member of the Ebonite Culture Unlimited Club, National Association of University Women/NAUW, and she was Teacher of the Year at many of the locations she taught. We cannot help but smile at the mention of Sis. Jerrye Yancy, there are so many memories. I am sure all of you have a story or two.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Allen Yancy; mother, Bertha Jane Johnson; father, Rube Melvon Johnson Sr.; sister, Mattie Sue Guillory; and Charlesetta Jane Franklin; brother, Samuel Eloyd Johnson, Rube “Babe” Melvon Johnson, Jr.; Ernest William Johnson, and Youree Venton Johnson; mother-in-law, Alberta Chatman, father-in-law, Robert Yancy, sisters-in-law, Jean Johnson, Gwendolyn M. Armstead, Peggy Johnson, Viola Johnson, Ruthie Green; daughter-in-law, Leonia “Weedie” McNair; brothers-in-law, Frank James Russell and Charles Smith.
Sister Jerrye Verneil Johnson Yancy leaves a legacy of love, wisdom, and most of all
righteousness that will remain in the hearts of all those who crossed her path.
Sister Jerrye Verneil Johnson Yancy leaves to cherish her beautiful memories forever:
her daughter, Alisa Anne Yancy; sons, Bryan T. McNair, Winnfred K. Jones (Carolyn); Ernest McClinton ; a self-adopted son, Kenneth Drister (Nicky); grandchildren: Bryce A. McNair, Britney Rawlings, Stephanie Hoosmen, Karyn A. Jones, & Kory Jones; great-grandchildren: Cadavi and Mai Amour; brothers-in-law, Lionell Smith, Adolph Green (Delores), Robert Green, E.J. Conner, Kenneth Wayne Green, Theadore Yancy (Bertha), Kenneth Franklin Sr., and Marcus Green; sisters-in-law, Marva Jones and Mertis Fleming. Godchildren: Angela McKnight, Vincent Butcher (Stalanda), Wytonia McBride, James Lucas St. Romain (Patrice), Bontia Rogers (George), Elmer Johnson (Alexis), Charles Lee Davis (Melissa), Jamie Mayes and Essie Nicole Hickman. Dear friends: Carolyn Colbert, Barbara Langston, Francis Parrott, Regina Patterson, Abigail Rogers, Barbara Franks, a host of nieces, nephews (who were more like daughters and sons), cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 11:00 AM until the time of the Funeral service at 12:00 PM at Starlight Baptist Church in DeRidder, LA. Pallbearers will be Harry Dewayne Broadway, Dominique Jenkins, Bryce McNair, Vincent Butcher, Korey Jones, Lucas St. Romain. Burial will follow at Starlight Baptist Church Cemetery in DeRidder, LA.