On May 8, 2023, at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville VA, Josephine entered her eternal resting place surrounded by her family.
Josephine was born on April 4, 1940, to O’Neal and Bessie Johnson in Louisa VA. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Brooks, two sons, Walter A. and Stanley Brooks, son in-law Robin Anderson, stepchildren Shirley Boyd, Dennis Brooks, Cathy Chambers and granddaughter Kiara Wynn, also seven of her siblings: Preston, Edward and Roy Johnson, Louise Austin, Rosa Smith, and Barbara and Sharon Johnson.
Josephine accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Laurel Hill Baptist Church, she later moved her membership to Philippi Christian Church of Mineral VA. She was a member Spirit of Bumpass, where she enjoyed singing with her siblings.
Josephine was educated at Louisa County Public Schools. Most days you would find Josephine in the kitchen listening to the gospel station, after she had cleaned her house from top to bottom and those that knew her knew not to get in her way. She loved to cook and most of all she loved feeding everyone that came into her home, and if you did not eat there, you would have a to go plate waiting.
Josephine leaves to cherish her memories eight children; Bessie, Nelson (Linda), Calvin, Willie James and Joseph (Camie) all of Mineral VA, Rachael Anderson of Winston Salem NC, Michael (Barbara) of Ashland VA and Caesar Brooks of Louisa VA, stepchildren Ellen Hartridge and Tony Brooks of Bumpass VA and Louise Stanley of Louisa VA, 15 grandchildren,39 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, but she is called grandma by many more. Two sisters Lucille Waddy of Mineral VA and Mary Thaniel of Richmond VA and one brother Gurey (Daphne) Johnson of Richmond VA. A special friend/helper Brenda Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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