May 7, 1945 - May 13, 2022
Laurrean Johnson Mike entered her journey of life on May 7, 1945, to the late Reverend Frank James Johnson and Eulia Johnson of Canton, Mississippi. Early Friday morning, May 13, 2022, Laurrean received her heavenly wings, with Jarvis and Kim holding her hands, until she was called to her heavenly home. She is survived by her devoted husband of 36 years, Deacon Robert Mike; son, Jarvis (Kimberly) Wooten; and the heartbeat of her life, granddaughter Milan Nevaeh Wooten; stepson Eric (Serena) Mike; three (3) sisters and four (4) brothers, Augustine Dean of Orlando, FL, Doris Turner of Decatur, GA, Precilla (Clarence) Bryant of Orlando, FL, Frank M. Johnson of Fairfield, CA, Boston Leon (Carol) Johnson of Grenada, MS, Paul (Robbie) Johnson of Jackson, MS, Clifton (Mary) Johnson of Canton, MS; four (4) sisters-in-law and two (2) brothers-in-law, Helen (Mike) Andrews, Rosemary Hunt, Joyce Mike, all of Alton, IL, Sandra (Artis) Tiggs of Fayetteville, GA, William (Barbara) Mike of Wilmington, NC, Vaness Harris (Kristi) Mike of Los Angeles, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by one stepson, Robert Mike Jr.; six (6) sisters and two (2) brothers, Mattie Boyd, Emma Morgan, Lee Ola Coleman, Ophelia Magruder, Verideen (Jimmy) Watkins, Ruby (Johnny) Williams, James (Percy) Johnson, and Moses (Beula) Johnson. She graduated from Rosa A. Scott High School in Madison, Mississippi. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Music Education/Voice Degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She also received her Master of Music Education and Performance degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurrean began teaching music in Sunflower County and the Jackson Public School System, where she held the position of Music Instructor, as well as Choral Director, at several Junior and Senior high schools in the Mississippi area. Laurrean then went on to serve as Choral Director of Music at Lansdowne Junior High School in East St. Louis, Illinois, for 25 years. She transitioned to East St. Louis Senior High School and became the Chairman of the Fine Arts Department and Director of Vocal Studies for the remainder of her career as a teacher. In 2006, she retired as the Instructor of Voice/Choral Music and Music Theory from the School District 189 of East St. Louis, Illinois, with 38 years of teaching service. In 2008, she moved to Snellville, Georgia, to be closer to immediate family and her only grandchild, which she called her “heartbeat”. Laurrean performed classical works, pop songs, and light gospel music for concerts, banquets, weddings, churches, and civic affairs. She was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for 13 years and several opera companies- Opera South of Jackson, Mississippi, and the Midland Repertory Theatre in Alton, Illinois. She was the Director of the Allen Singers in Alton, Illinois, for 17 years. She has received numerous awards and recognitions such as numerous first place State Solo/Ensemble Vocal contests and choral contests, she was Vocal Music Teacher of the Year, and she was voted Most Outstanding Classical Music Vocalist for 15 years. Laurrean was a formal member and Minister of Music at Salem Baptist Church, in Alton, Illinois. Later in her journey she became a member of Mt. Joy Baptist Church, where she served as Director of Choir. When she moved to Georgia, she became a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA. Laurrean was a member of NCNW (National Council of Negro Women), TLOD (Top Ladies of Distinction), MENC (Music Educators National Council), and AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.). The service to celebrate the life of Laurrean Johnson Mike will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 21:00 AM, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, GA. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 29, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel, Snellville, GA. Due to COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. The family asks all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please continue social distancing and to bring and wear a mask. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, A Family Company, 3705 Highway 78 West, Snellville, GA 30039 (770-979-3200) has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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