Loretta Johnson was a great woman of God, who was born in the small town of Northport, Alabama on August 12, 1943. She became a Registered Nurse and excelled in her profession at hospitals such as, Vanderbilt University, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University (her alma mater) in Nashville, Tennessee and South Fulton Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Loretta had an extremely kind and giving heart and used her nursing skills and personal income to be a great help to teenage girls, women and single mothers. She personally helped teenage girls in low-income areas experiencing unplanned pregnancies to deliver healthy babies and prepare to be responsible and loving mothers. Loretta also provided financial support to help women and single mothers, who were dealing with the difficulties of unemployment, making ends meet with low-income jobs, and those struggling to provide food, clothing and shelter for their children.
She strongly believed and counseled girls and women to abstain from sex before marriage to avoid hardships, such as unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, abortions, and limited futures. In fact, she desperately wanted to see all girls and women achieve their God-given goals and experience God’s best for their lives. And because of Loretta’s commitment and generosity in achieving these goals throughout her life, we have established “The Loretta Johnson Global Abstinence Project and Movement for Women and Girls” to promote abstinence especially to Black and Hispanic women and girls, who need it the most, but receive it the least.
Loretta Johnson went to be with Jesus Christ on October 27, 1991. And she left her daughter, Kim Wilson and grandson, Clay Wilson III, a legacy to be proud of and Christ-like example to be followed.
"...Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor."