Johnnie Pearl Coffey

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Johnnie Pearl Coffey

Rose Hill Cemetery Tour 2006

Johnnie Pearl Coffey

 

Johnnie Pearl Jones was born in Chickasha, the daughter of Rev. David Daniel and Elizabeth Jones. In June 1935, she married Walter Coffey. Johnnie earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Langston University and a master of education degree from the University of Oklahoma. After teaching at Lincoln School in Chickasha from 1934 to 1956, she was hired as a social worker for the Grady County Department of Public Welfare -- Johnnie was the first African American in southwestern Oklahoma to hold a position in that field. She was elected as the executive secretary for the Oklahoma Baptist Women's Convention in 1966. Throughout her life, Johnnie served her community, working through civic groups and religious organizations. One of the many lasting legacies she left is the Christmas in August Celebration, still held in Chickasha today. The event brings the community together to provide school supplies for local children for the upcoming school year.

(photographers: Joanna Owen-Clouston and Marcie Price