Iris Jean Sweat Johnson Mixon—wife, mother, grandmother (“Mema”) and friend—died Wednesday, July 21, 2021, following a brief illness. She was 83.
She was born in 1937 to Archie and Betty Sweat. She was raised in the Forks of the Hurricane where she continued to call home all of her life. She married Arnold Johnson with whom she welcomed her three boys-David, Daniel and Mark. In 1983, Arnold passed unexpectedly. She then married her husband of the last 35 years, Bobby Mixon.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arnold Mordant Johnson, a sister, Evelyn Sweat Smith and a step-daughter, Renee Mixon Fritz.
She spent her working years devoting her time to King Edwards Cigar Factory, her father’s chicken farm and later at D.L. Lee & Sons Meats until retirement. She enjoyed singing with “The Cousins’’ and was an active member of Beulah Baptist Church and the “Sunshine” Sunday School class. During her retirement, she kept busy tending her seasonal garden, canning and preserving, shopping with friends and caring for her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her quick wit with flawless timing, pockets full of candy and the never-ending supply of baked goods.
Survivors include her loving husband, Bobby Mixon; her children, David Johnson, Daniel Johnson, wife Patricia and Mark Johnson, all of the Forks of the Hurricane; her step-children, Tammy Clark, Dover, DE and Kerry Mixon, Patterson; her grandchildren Heidi Moody (Kager), Lindsey Morgan (David), Aaron Johnson (Ashley), Jodi Johnson, Austin Johnson, LeeAnn Griner (Joseph), David Johnson, Dan Johnson and Dawson Johnson; her great-grandchildren, Madison Morgan, Blythe Morgan, Raylon Griner, Ava Johnson, Maddox Johnson and Aerin Johnson; her sisters, Virginia Lewis, Sandra Crews (Lawton), and Carolyn Huggins; special family friend, Glenda Davis (Huey) and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 23, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 24, from the Beulah Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Dan Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Austin Johnson, David Johnson, David Morgan, Joseph Griner and Kager Moody.
The family requests that members of the Beulah “Sunshine” Sunday School class serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the church at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.