Johnnie Mae Sain, born February 22,1955 in Bolivar, TN to the late Oscar and Carrie Wooden, departed this life May 23, 2020. At an early age, Johnnie professed her faith in Christ and joined the Little Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She received her education in the public school system of Hardeman County, TN, eventually earning her associate of applied science degree in criminal justice from Clark State Community College. Johnnie spent her professional career in service of those who lived with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Johnnie was a caring and devoted mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend to all whom she came into contact with. She will be remembered for her kind smile, fun spirit, and welcoming nature. Her home was always a safe haven for those in need of a place to stay, a short stop along their way, or a hot meal to fill their soul. Her life was filled with family and friends, traveling, cooking, dancing, and her favorite pastime fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie C. Sain, Sr.; father, Oscar Wooden; mother, Carrie Wooden; brother, Oscar Wooden, Jr.; beloved daughter, Tr’Meshi Jackson.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Jennifer (Richard) Holley, Carriaretha (Aaron) Paschal of Dayton, OH, Kenya Sain of Huber Heights, OH and Willie Sain, Jr. of Fairborn, OH; son-in-law, Billy Jackson of Dayton, OH, and mother-in-law, Berl Sain of Flint, MI; loving siblings, Mozell Parram, Willis (Rosie) Wooden, Larry (Lucille) Wooden, all of Bolivar, TN, Diane (Leslie) Howard of Saulsbury, TN, Diana (Gary) Atwater of Thompson, GA, Linda Dubose of Moraine, OH, Annette Wooden and Earl Dubose of Bolivar, TN, David Wooden of Des Moines, IA and Barry Wooden of Chicago, IL. Her legacy and hope for the future is alive and well in her twelve grandchildren that she affectionately named the Sain Gang: Jalyssa, Billy, Miecho, Caia, Jaia, Jaylin, Richard Jr., Faith, Aaryn, Keniya, Jhye, and Kiyomi; two great grandchildren; loving companion, Mezgebe Kiffle; a host of devoted in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, walk-through visitation will be held 9-11 am Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave. Private family service immediately following. A celebration of life will be held at a later date with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, and/or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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