Lillie Mae Clement Johnston

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Lillie Mae Clement Sprouse Johnston, 80, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 26, 2012. She was the first daughter of the late William H. and Blanche Etta Williams Clement. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Claude Malcombe Sprouse and James Arthur Johnston, four sons, Tommy, Ronnie (Bo), and Rocky Sprouse and her "baby boy" Fred Johnston. Mrs. Johnston is survived by two sons, Roger Sprouse and Terry Johnston; brothers, Rev. Billy Clement, William H. Clement, and Claude A. (Abb) Clement; sisters, Frances Lorraine Shaft and Delores Ann Thomas; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren whom she cherished so much. She was a hard worker all her life as a dedicated waitress and cook. She enjoyed her birds, flowers, and her family. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Powell Young and Frank Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice Solace Center, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. I was one of Lil’s customers at the Big Apple Restaurant while in high school in the early 80’s til it closed down. I would sit in the corner booth doing homework and she’d make sure I had something to eat and plenty of sweet tea! I later enjoyed seeing her at J&S cafeteria at River Ridge. She was such a sweet person and I consider her one of God’s special blessings in my life. Your family is in my prayers.

  2. We would like to express our condolances on the passing of Mrs. Lillie. She was a wonderful woman who was always thoughtful and a great employee for many years at J&S Cafeteria. She will be missed and thought of often.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Please take comfort in knowing that she is in God’s loving arms and has no suffering or pain. She will always be with you.

    Diane Clay & Mildred Sams

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