On the first day of April, 1919, a beautiful baby girl was born to Margaret Mae and John Alexander Mobley who named their little daughter Johnnie Mae Mobley.
Johnnie Mae was the second of five children born to this family. At the very young age of 15, she was married to the young and handsome Odis Stanton. Together, they set out on an adventure which would last more than 71 years. Odis Stanton eventually became an Apostolic preacher, and Sister Stanton served faithfully by his side until they retired.
She was the mother of four children. She was the epitome of a faithful, loving mother. Sister Stanton was an incredibly talented seamstress. She could sew anything and hand made the most beautiful quiltes ever seen.
Later in life, she became known as Mom-o and was loved by all that took the time to know her. She was a faithful prayer warrior. She had a good sense of humor and was a great storyteller. Her grandchildren were mesmerized many times with tales of the 'old days.'
Mom-o died early in the morning on the second of August, 2012. About the exact time 68 years earlier her son, Dan, was born. Mom-o went to be with Dad-o (Rev. O.G. Stanton) and they are rejoicing on the streets of gold as we celebrate her life today.
She was predeceased by her parents, Maggie and John Mobley, three of her siblings, Geneva, Velva and Joyce; her devoted husband, Rev. O.G. Stanton; her daughter, Dessa Howe; and her grandson, Doug Smith.
She is survived by her brother, Vernon Mobley; her children, Delta and her husband, Rev. Tony Smith, Dan Stanton and wife, Nancy, Dana and husband, Rev. Bill R. Mills; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was loved more than words can possibly express and will be forever remembered.
Visitation was held Monday, August 6, 2012 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Apostolic Lighthouse, 1001 Lewisville Road, Minden. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, August 7, 2012, also at Apostolic Church and under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
The graveside service will be Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pineville. Officiating the services is Rev. Steve Smith and assistant ministers, Virgil Harris, Jack Knapp, Jerry West and David Schwartz.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Rogers, Kye Mills, Kenneth Greer, Steven Smith, Cameron Smith and Dewayne Stanton.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.griffinfuneralhome.net.