September 24, 1933 ~ January 26, 2021

Born in: Snellville, Georgia
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Erma Wilder Johnson, age 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 26, 2021.

She was born September 24, 1933 in Lawrenceville, GA. She was the daughter of Charles Sanford Wilder, Sr and Gertrude Montgomery Wilder.

She graduated from Bethesda High School in 1950. She was a faithful member of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. She was a devoted chancel choir member and soloist for over 50 years. She was a mother of four, a homemaker and a childcare provider.

Erma is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Barnwell R. Johnson, her son D. Terry Johnson, her brother Charles S. Wilder Jr., her sister Maudine Hickman and her brother-in-law Lonnie Hickman.

She is survived by her son, Sanford R. Johnson; daughters, Trudi J. Nalley, Sheila J. Beale and son-in-law, Sam Beale, and the following Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren:
Major Michael Stanley Johnson (US Marine, retired) and Missy Johnson and their children, Reese, Chase and Evie; Andy and Sarah Johnson and their children, Lucy and Rose; Alex and Daniella Johnson and their children, Landon and Grayson Johnson, and Jackson and Peyton Pulliam; Brett and April Johnson; James and Shawna Nalley and their children, Carter and Kendall; Lt. Colonel Kelley A. Nalley (US Army) and her son Weston; Erica Beale Wright and Garrett Wright; Ally, Cinthia and Angel Beale; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Erma will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother and a sweet, caring friend to many.

A graveside service honoring the life of Erma will be held for the EXTENDED FAMILY on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville after a brief viewing and visitation beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Kidney Fund.

Condolences may be sent or viewed at
Wages & Sons Funeral, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (770.277.4550) has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Visitation: January 31, 2021 12:00 pm - January 31, 2021 1:45 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Graveside Service: January 31, 2021 2:00 pm - January 31, 2021 2:30 pm

Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, AG 30046


Gwinnett Memorial Park
925 US Highway 29 S
Lawrenceville, AG 30046


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    • Thank you, Portia! She had you and your family on her mind recently after we found out your incredible Mom had passed. She will most definitely be missed! My love to you and Doy and your families! ❤️ & 🙏🏼 Trudi

  1. CandleImageI have so many fond memories of my Aunt Erma. She inspired my love of music, and she was influential in my decision to sing in the chorus at school and later in my church choir. I know she is singing in the heavenly choir and reunited with her family who went before her. Rest In Peace, dear Aunt Erma. Love you more! ❤️

    • She inspired a lot of people to get into music and everyone loved to hear her sing. After her best friend and “sister” Cleff died just a few days before mom, I’ve told everyone she didn’t want let Cleff to have time to find another first chair soprano in heaven. She loved you and your entire family so much. She felt so lonely after losing dad and Charles and your mom and dad. Love you cuz.

    • Becky, thank you for sharing your story of inspiration to sing because of Mom. She also loved spreading God’s Word through her beautiful voice in song! 🎼 She loved all of you so much! Love you all more! ❤️ Trudi

  2. CandleImageMy thoughts and prayers are with you and all who loved her. I pray as she will be missed by all of you that there’s comfort in knowing she is with the Heavenly Father.
    Lisa Free (coworker of Erica Beale Wright)

    • Thank you so much for kind words and prayers. We know she is in heaven with dad and my brother Terry singing in the heavenly choir.

  3. CandleImageOur prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
    Your Mom is your Guardian Angel looking upon the family with a smile. She is at peace.
    Kara & Jack Wright

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