Dora Johnson McClendon – 10-29-2016

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memorial page for 

Dora Lee McClendon

December 3, 1916
~ October 18, 2016



Friday - October 28, 2016
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pilgrim Baptist Church
172 Shrewsbury Ave.
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Saturday - October 29, 2016
10:00 AM
Pilgrim Baptist Church
172 Shrewsbury Ave.
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Monday - October 31, 2016
Shoreland Memorial Gardens
Hazlet, NJ 07730

Dora Lee Johnson McClendon, 99, transitioned from this life on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at home in Tinton Falls, surrounded by her loving family.  Dora was born December 3, 1916 in Franklinton, North Carolina to the late John Thomas Harvey & Martha Morgan Harvey.    

She was raised in Franklinton, North Carolina where, with her family, she attended Mitchiner's Grove Baptist Church and graduated from Albion Academy prior to relocating to New Jersey.

Dora married Pernell Johnson Sr. and from that union ten children were born.  While raising her family, Dora earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree from the School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She was later employed by Monmouth Medical Center (ER and Pediatrics); Marlboro State Psychiatric Hospital; and lovingly served many families as a Private Duty Nurse.  Following Pernell Johnson Sr.'s transition in 1971, she married Willie McClendon in 1986.

During her early years in New Jersey Dora became a member of the Red Bank branch of NAACP and the Democratic Committee.  She was also a very active member of the Salvation Army of Red Bank where she kept her children involved as well.  She served as the head of the Home League of Mercy member (nursing home visitation program).  She later became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the Victory Choir.  Dora was a member and beloved mother of Mt. Zion Faith Center where she received both the "Woman of Destiny" and "Outstanding Mother" awards.

Always poised and stunning, Dora was the definition of elegance and grace.  As a young girl, she enjoyed playing piano and continued into her adult years.  She showed love and kindness to everyone, extending her nurturing spirit and becoming a Mother and affectionately "Nana" to many.  Dora was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially playing games with her children.  In essence, most importantly she taught all her children about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and lived an exemplary Christian life.

Dora was preceded in death by her parents John Thomas Harvey and Martha Morgan Harvey; her first husband Pernell Johnson Sr., her second husband Willie McClendon; three sons Pernell "Elijah" Johnson Jr., Ronald Johnson and Edward Johnson; and one daughter Andrea Delores Edmond; and one son-in-law, Rev. David E. Alston.  She leaves to cherish her memory her loving children Gardful "Hank" Johnson (Robin) of Leesburg, Florida; Thomas Johnson of Newark; Timothy Johnson of Long Branch; Pastor Alexis Johnson (Bishop Loretta) of Barnegat; Pastor Lessie Alston of Tinton Falls; and Pastor Amelia Okpanchi (Pastor Joseph) of Neptune; one godson, Andre Ellis Jr. of Philadelphia, PA; one sister-in-law Rosanell Eaton of Louisburg, NC; thirty-three grandchildren (two deceased); fifty-two great-grandchildren; and twenty one great great-grandchildren (three deceased).  She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who she loved dearly.



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