“Father I stretch my hands to thee; No other help I know.”
Services for Juanita Bailey will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.
Interment will follow at Sheppard Street Cemetery in Minden. Visitation will be on Friday, October 5, 2012 (today) from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Benevolent Funeral Home in Minden.
There is an old saying, “you come in this world alone and leave alone.” This is not true with Juanita. On February 21, 1953 at 8 a.m. a beautiful baby girl was born name Juanita (My Nita). Five minutes later another beautiful baby girl was born name Genever (Genie B). These names were given to them by their grandfather Tom Jackson.
My Nita and Genie B. were inseparable for 59 years in heart, mind and spirit. The “Johnson Twins” joined Mt Calm at an early age. Juanita sang in the youth choir and participated in various activities. She was crowned Miss Mt. Calm at her church. Juanita served as a musician for several local churches in Minden. She attended Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University. She was a member and one of the founders of Louisiana Tech Gospel Choir. In addition, Juanita was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Ruston.
Juanita was united in holy matrimony to Rodell Bailey for 28 years. Exactly one year and two weeks ago Rodell went Home to be with the Lord.
Juanita was preceded in death by her father, George Johnson.
Juanita’s precious memory will live on in the hearts of her mother Tessie Lee Johnson (Minden); son John Renaldo Hall (Minden); godparents Larry and Annie Dale Coppage (Ruston); siblings Genever Lampkin (Atwater, California), Queen Esther Jackson and Alice Marie Jones (both of Minden) and Ricky Davis (Arcadia); Special niece and nephew/godchildren Kadiga LaWanda Smith (Atwater, California) and Elliot DeMone Smith (Merced, California); Class of 1971, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; friends from Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University; and many other precious relatives and friends.
“I’m free. Praise the Lord. I’m free. No longer bound, no more chains holding me. My soul is resting and that’s just a blessing. Praise the Lord, Hallujah. I’m free!”