Dorothy Glover Johns

Published 2:51 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

AUGUST 11 – Dorothy Glover Johns, of Farmville, died Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the age of 96 after a long, full life. She was the wife of Melville M. Johns for 50 years until his death in 1987. She was born on January 18, 1915 in Arvonia to Dr. Perkins and Mable Pitts Glover. She often shared delightful stories of growing up there with her late brother, Price Glover, and a large family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. She told tales of making house calls in a horse and buggy through the driving snow to deliver babies and tend the sick with her father.

Mrs. Johns attended Westhampton College and was a graduate of Longwood College where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.

She was a member of Farmville Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Judith Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Garden Study Club and for many years was active in the Longwood College Alumni Association. She had a quick wit and charming sense of humor, loved her family, her home and her garden, and was a respected antiquarian. Her camellias bloomed like clockwork every year.

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She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Johns O'Brien of Annapolis, Maryland; Sarah Johns Webb, of Bowie, Maryland and Elizabeth Johns Holland and husband, Thomas E. Holland of Richmond; five grandchildren, David O'Brien and wife, Barry O'Brien of Greenville, South Carolina, Christopher O'Brien of Annapolis, Maryland, Elizabeth Holland of Richmond, Carson Webb and Jennifer Webb; three great-grandsons, Clay, Benjamin and Schuyler O'Brien of Greenville, South Carolina; sister-in-law, Isobel H. Glover of New York City, New York; and a devoted friend and housekeeper of 41 years, Nannie Hunter Barksdale.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 17 at Farmville Presbyterian Church with interment following at Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Farmville Presbyterian Church or Arvon Presbyterian Church in Arvonia.

Arrangements by Puckett Funeral Home in Farmville.