September 5, 1957 - June 4, 2021
Cynthia Farrar Johnson was a loving Wife, Mother, “Mema” (grandmother and great-grandmother), Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Niece, and Friend. On June 4, 2021, Cynthia was called home by her Heavenly Father, surrounded by her loving family. On September 5, 1957, she was born to the late Ollie and Josephine Thomas Farrar at Baldwin Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia where she was the first black baby born there. Cynthia attended the Jones County Public School System and graduated from Jones County High School in Gray, GA in the Class of 1975. On June 28, 1980, Cynthia married Frederick Johnson Jr. in Detroit, Michigan at the home of Cynthia’s beloved Aunt Margaret. After marriage, Cynthia relocated to Fred’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Together they raised four children, Derrick, Tanya, and Tenille Johnson and Kutika Hunt. They shared a life together full of love and laughter with family for over 40 years. Cynthia enjoyed a successful career of over 25 years at Xfinity Cable (formerly Storer). She received several certificates of accomplishment which resulted in several accolades including a Western Caribbean cruise, bonus cash incentives, a cash award for home interior custom design – which she used to create her gorgeous bedroom decor, and several performance awards from premium Cable Channels for exceeding sales goals. She was well loved by management, coworkers, and customers. Spending quality time with family was very important to Cynthia. She enjoyed annual family vacations with Fred, particularly those to the mountains in Massanutten and to the beach in Nags Head where the entire family was typically invited and always welcome. She always kept a close relationship with her family members, regardless of where they were located, whether it was by talking for long hours on the phone, traveling to their location, or inviting them to stay at their home. Cynthia especially enjoyed hosting celebrations, such as the Norwood Family Reunions, and major friend and family celebrations such as, bridal showers, graduations, weddings, tea parties, and holiday dinners – to name a few. Cynthia loved her sisters and brothers! They shared many special bonding moments, some of which involved dressing up like cowboys and cowgirls and having large fish fries in the back yard! Because of the strong friendships Cynthia developed, she was asked to be Godmother to four Godchildren. She took this honor to heart and nurtured each godchild as if they were her own with pride, lots of quality time, and love. Cynthia accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age in Georgia. Upon relocation to Richmond, Virginia, she, Fred, and their children regularly attended church. Cynthia and Fred joined as members of St. Paul’s Baptist Church. In addition, Cynthia was an active member of the Wellington Farms Bible Study group in her neighborhood. She was truly a woman of strong Christian faith and strong convictions. Cynthia is well known for her generous nature, compassion, and charity work. She was engaged in several local and global events that had a personal impact on people’s lives. Some of her work included making T-shirts and doing embroidery work for her brother’s group - the Jones County Riders (horseback riders), making masks for the Heart Center at VCU Medical Center for doctors and nursing staff, making dresses that were donated to children in Africa, donating masks to George Floyd’s family, and making custom masks for truck drivers on Fred’s job. These are just some of the things she did that we know about; but we know she was a guardian angel to many more. Cynthia could cook ANYTHING and make it taste AMAZING! She got her love of food and cooking from her two grandmothers, Grandma Lizzie and Mom Mary, in Georgia. She learned how to make her famous chocolate cake from Grandma Lizzie and her skillet cornbread and her signature potato salad from Mom Mary. Her passion for food led her to continually expand her culinary repertoire. In fact, having a meal at Cynthia’s was truly an honor. When she got together in the kitchen with her Aunts Margaret and “Y”, you know you were going to have a “finger-licking experience”! Cynthia’s home was a true reflection of her decorating passion and skill. She was an exquisite interior decorator and her decorating style included displaying pictures and gifts she had collected from family and friends through the years. She especially loved the holiday decorating. Each year, everyone would come for their annual Christmas tour to see the multiple Christmas trees (sometimes more than five), the huge Christmas village, wreaths, decorative stairway garland and her beloved black Santa and Mrs. Claus. To say that Cynthia was an expert crafter is truly an understatement. She enjoyed and excelled in any crafting she engaged in. She loved making original pieces whether it was ceramics, jewelry, flower arrangements, wreaths, wine bottles with the lights and bottle holders, and creations made with her Cricut machine. Cynthia also loved flowers and her beautiful yard and garden reflected this love. Her daily routine started with an early morning watering of her garden while she enjoyed a cup of coffee. Cynthia loved the quilts both her grandmothers passed to her as heirlooms. She learned to make quilts to pass quilted heirlooms along to her children and grandchildren. She created beautiful quilt designs including a famous Norwood Family Quilt depicting each state where the reunion has been held over the years. She made many other quilts for friends and family which are treasured possessions. Some of Cynthia’s other passions included clothes shopping, playing bunko with her neighborhood ladies’ group, and watching her favorite football team – the Philadelphia Eagles! Cynthia was truly a special person with a heart of gold. She had a unique way of finding the time to love each person individually. Cynthia loved to give advice. . . and her children said, “you better follow it”! How many cakes, dishes, gifts did she bring to any family or friend’s dinner or event! You could ALWAYS count on Cynthia! Cynthia was preceded in death by her dad, Ollie Farrar, her mother, Josephine Thomas Farrar, and her oldest brother, Terry Farrar. Cynthia leaves to cherish her precious memories, a devoted husband, Frederick Johnson Jr.; her Mom, Barbara Farrar; Her son, Derrick (Susan); Daughters, Tanya Grant (George), Kutika Harmon (Myron), and Tenille; Four godchildren, Monique Lam, Taylor and Brad Walker, and Charletta Bryance; Thirteen grandchildren; Five great-grandchildren; Brothers, Ollie “Sunny” Farrar (Sandra), Kerry Farrar (Ramona), Ronald White (Betty), Ellery Farrar (Sonoria); Sisters, Barbara Duncan (David), Verna Thomas (Dermon), Tonya Larry (Gerard), Michelle Farrar; Two devoted aunts, Yvonne “Y” Farrar and Margaret Mercer (Jeff), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends – too many devoted friends to name.
Cynthia Farrar Johnson was a loving Wife, Mother, “Mema” (grandmother and great-grandmother), Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Niece, and Friend. On June 4, 2021, Cynthia was called home by her Heavenly Father, surrounded by her loving family.... View Obituary & Service Information
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