Johnnie Mae Slone, 73, of Deweyville, passed away Friday, May 6, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

A memorial service will be held at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange Monday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bro. Damon Bickham, Bro. John Fortenberry and Bro. Michael Orange. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Born in Cedartown, Ga., Oct. 18, 1942, she was the daughter of John Stephens and Floy (Crawford) Stephens. She retired from Kmart in Orange and was a member of First Baptist Church of Deweyville. The most important thing for Johnnie was her family and friends which often centered on large family meals in which she was most famous for her big pot of gumbo. She always had a great sense of humor even through the last moments of her life.

The family wishes to acknowledge her close friends, Paulette and Leonard Powell, Betty and J.D. Stogner, and Ann and Charles Caples for their continuous love and support during the past two years as well as during the loss of her husband and children.

Mrs. Slone was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Jerry Dean Slone; son, Jerry Wayne Slone; daughter, Ladonna Morgan; great grandson, Mason Dean Slone and brother, Kenneth Stephens.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law; Brenda and Richard Bland of Lindale, Cindy and Tommy Sheppard of Lumberton; son-in-law, Lesley Morgan and daughter-in-law, Denise Slone, both of Deweyville; sister, Margaret Romeis and husband Ken, of Orange; brother, Preston Stephens and wife Diane, of Minnesota; grandchildren, Joshua Slone and wife, Shayna, Jeremy Slone and wife, Sarah, Jillian Busby and husband Jeff, Matthew Tompkins and wife CarlaJo, Rebecca Williams and husband Cody, Hailey Morgan and Kenneth Wiggins, Kevin Bland, Jessica Bland, Johnny Bland, Leah Sheppard and Emily Sheppard and great-grandchildren, Jaxon Slone, Tucker Slone, Willa Slone, Braylon Wiggins, Hayden Williams, Austin Williams, Colton Williams, Cooper Busby and Payton Busby.