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September 22, 1937
~ December 3, 2020
Dorthia Mae Stathum, 83 of Long Branch, NJ was born September 22, 1937 in Buena Vista, GA to the late Nathaniel Stathum Sr. and Bessie Williams Stathum. Dorthia's passage to heaven was on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. Her family was part of the Southern Migration north in 1952, when she was 15 years old.
Upon arriving in Long Branch, the Stathum family were pillars in the Trinity AME Church on Liberty Street. Dorthia was an ambitious young woman. At age 15, she sucessfully applied and obtained a job at Monmouth Medical Center in the kitchen, while attending Long Branch High School. When she graduated from high school, she continued working at Monmouth Medical and obtained training as a CNA. After a few years, Dorthia successfully transitioned her personal service skills to the banking industry. She worked and retired from First Atlantic Credit Union in Oceanport, NJ.
Being a progressive Black Woman, retirement was not in her DNA. Dorthia made another career change and went into the field of education as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for the Long Branch Board of Education. Her passion for sharing knowledge and love of helping children made this position a labor of love, until she retired in June 2000.
Throughout the years, Dorthia had an ongoing desire for personal self-growth. She constantly challenged herself at each stage of her accomplishments. She graduated from Monmouth County Vocational School Pre-natal Center. She continued to build on her educational pursuits by obtaining an Associate's Degree in Human Growth and Development from Brookdale Community College. Dorthia heard the Lord calling her into the ministry. Once again, she achieved yet another milestone in her personal and spiritual growth. She attended the Faith International Training School receiving her Evangelist Certification. Her missionary journey took her to Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, Eatontown, NJ where she was licensed as a local preacher on October 30, 2019.
Dorthia's love of the Lord and her passions to comfort and minister to others came full circle when she began her volunteer services as a Greeter at Monmouth Medical Center. She provided great comfort and prayer to many patients and their families over the years.
Through her love of life and giving to others; she was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed fun times laughing with her family and friends, bowling, traveling, gardening and cooking. She gave back to her community in many ways and her community embraced and loved her in return. Dorthia was a Commission Member of the KJ525 Philanthropy Club. Walking the path now with Dorthia are her husband, Edward H. Johnson Jr., son Derek A. Johnson, parents Nathaniel Sr. and Bessie Williams Stathum, sisters Christine Bell and Mattie Stathum, brothers Willie C. Stathum, Nathaniel Stathum Jr., Willie "Beboy" Stathum Sr. and Billy Stathum.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Star Johnson-Cleveland and Darien Cleveland (son-in-law), Long Branch, NJ; son Mark E. Johnson and Karla L. Johnson (daughter-in-law), Neptune, NJ, sisters-in-law Brenda Johnson Bouldin, Long Branch, NJ, Annie Stathum Gary, Bloomfield, CT, Lydia Best Stathum, Red Bank, NJ, Janice Farrow Stathum, Long Branch, NJ, Beatrice Gordon Stathum, Long Branch, NJ; grandchildren Ashlyn, Torey, Briana, Jade, Marquis, Darien II and great grandchildren Amani and Cameron and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.