|Lillie Law Johnson|
|4:00 - 7:00 PM|
|Postell's Mortuary Chapel
811 North Powers Drive
|Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
412 E. Kennedy Boulevard
|Lillie Law Johnson, 91, of Orlando, FL departed this life on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Mrs. Lillie Johnson was born on February 16, 1926 in Dooley County, Georgia. She is the eldest of 9 children of Mattie Leary and Joseph Law. She matriculated through the Georgia School System. During her high school years she played basketball as well as high jumped. She excelled in Home Economics where she made dresses as well as developed her culinary acumen. In October of 1946 she moved to Orlando, Florida.
In her early years Lillie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. From that point on she dedicated her life to living for Him. When she came to Orlando, she joined with Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. While a member of Bethlehem, she served as President and Member of Choir #1. She was an active member of the Prayer Band, as well as President of the Pastors aide, Women Day Chairman on many occasions, and Mission Board. In 1991, she left Bethlehem and became a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida, where she served faithfully for over 25 years.
Over the years, Lillie embodied the spirit of a true entrepreneur. She started many businesses: 3 Day Care Centers, House Cleaning, Sandwich Shop and Johnsons Diner. The vision for Johnson’s Diner started back around 1955 with the opening of Johnson’s Sandwich Shop, which was located on Westmoreland Drive, near the heart of downtown Orlando. This popular local eatery was known for serving some of the best hamburgers and ice cream sodas in town. It started as a sandwich shop, for years her Pastor the late Rev. L.W. Wilson would tell her that she should open a full-scale restaurant after much encouragement, she finally did. The first dish prepare was on a Friday, it was Spaghetti and Meatballs. This sandwich shop was the family’s first attempt in the restaurant business.
In 1962 the sandwich shop was closed. In October of 1983, Mrs. Johnson with the help of her husband and children returned to her true calling, preparing “Soulfood to Please the Tastes!” This was located on Robinson Street in the Parramore Community. Since opening day, the Johnsons and their staff have served the entire Central Florida community faithfully and diligently. Over the years ‘the Diner” has served as a haven for all who crave good old fashioned home-style meals.
The rather humble establishment has served the United States Navy, and Army, Ms. America, Congressmen and women, award winning actors and actresses, Grammy award winning artists, superstar athletes, comedians, national and local dignitaries and media personalities as well as the Central Florida community. Under the ever vigilant eye of Lillie Johnson, Johnson’s Diner has won numerous awards including: Orlando Weekly’s “Best of Orlando Award,” Orlando Sentinel’s “Foodie Award,” and Orlando Leisure Magazine’s “Silver Spoon Award.”
Lillie leaves to cherish her memories, son Ricky, brothers-Herbert , Roosevelt (Lettis), sister Elois, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 4-7PM at the mortuary. A service of celebration will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1:00 PM at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 412 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville with Pastor Willie C. Barnes, Officiating. Interment: Washington Park Cemetery, Orlando.
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