Joy Gamble Johnson, 97, of Shreveport, Louisiana entered into eternal rest on May 31, 2023. She was born on September 26, 1925 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Elna and Toby Gamble.
A celebration of life honoring Joy will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 located at Wood Springs Baptist Church in Grand Cane, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Dean Register and Lee Dickson.
Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Albert Johnson; son, Denny Ralph Johnson; brother, Dr. Denny E. Gamble and wife Delores; and sister-in-law, Katherine Gamble. Those left to cherish her memory include her granddaughter, Heather Jackson; daughter-in-law, Melinda Wimberly; great-grandchildren, Christopher K. Jackson, Jr. and Joy Elizabeth Ann Jackson; nephews, Denny E. Gamble, Jr. “Kit” and wife Sarah Margaret, Kevin C. Gamble and wife Jean, and Keith Gamble and wife Maureen; niece, Lara Travis; great nephews, Kevin Gamble, Jr. and wife Valerie, Denny E. Gamble, III “Denn” and wife Betsy, Jonathan Gamble, and Walker Gamble; great nieces, Kellie Gamble and John, Katherine Gamble Zimmerman and husband Wade, and Elizabeth Gamble Michaels and husband Daniel; along with a host of great-great nephews and nieces.
Joy graduated from Fair Park High School in 1942. After high school, she graduated from Henderson State Teachers College and became a Laboratory Tech. Joy’s husband Charles was a Marine and they resided in California and Hawaii before returning to Louisiana in 1969. They bought the farm from her father and moved to Grand Cane where they made many memories with numerous friends and family. She was WMU Director for DeSoto Parish for many years and a member of Wood Springs Baptist Church. Joy worked for the Interstate Progress and wrote an article titled “The Joyously Yours and Happenings in Wood Springs.”
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Clara Springs Baptist Encampment or to the Wood Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in honor and memory of Joy.