SAUNDRA G. BRUNSON–JOHNSON, was born to James and Elizabeth Hemingway–Brunson on November 26, 1946 in Centenary, South Carolina. She attended Smith Swamp Elementary and Palmetto High Schools in Marion County.
Saundra was well travelled, she lived in New Jersey, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, singing gospel songs everywhere she went. Known for singing “I am a living testimony”, “I’m Free”, and “Sweeping through the city”
Her love for singing led her to start a group in 1975 called “Ann & the Hearts of Faith”. Some more of her favorite songs were, “When all God’s children get to Heaven”, “What we gonna feast on? Milk and Honey!”, “We are gonna wear a long white robe”, “We are gonna ride the Golden Chariot”, “Sit in a Holy City”, “O’ Peter don’t be afraid, walk out on the water’ and “I’ll Fly away”.
Saundra received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at an early age. She was a devoted Missionary, an Anointed songstress and a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She joined the House of God Church in Zion in Atlanta, Georgia where she served in many capacities in the Church.
She was a member of Sandy Grove Holiness Church which was later renamed New Beginning Temple of Praise. She served as Assistant Pastor to the late Elder Michael Fogle, President of Senior Choir & President of Missionary Society.
In 2015, Saundra returned to the House of God Church in Orangeburg, South Carolina under Elder Janie Mitchell wherein she continued to sing under the anointing of God.
She was employed with OKI Technologies Company in Norcross, Georgia, Southern Packing in Mullins, SC and she was the greatest Avon representative in both Marion and Mullins.
Saundra slept away into eternity at 12:15 p.m. on October 16th, leaving the Saluda Nursing Home Center of Saluda, South Carolina to a greater place of Peace. Can you hear her singing?
“I’m Free, Praise the Lord, I’m Free. No longer bound, no more chains holding me. My soul is resting, it’s just a blessing, Praise the Lord, Hallelujah, I’m Free”
Saundra was preceded in death by her parents (Elizabeth Hemingway and James Brunson). Stepmother Ruth Blue–Brunson. Sisters, Elder Carrie Brunson-Jones and Betty Jean Brunson-Wright. Brothers, Sidney Brunson, Jimmie Brunson and Anderson Brunson. Grandchild, Andy Johnson. Great grandchild, Jarrel Tucker.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two beloved sons Andy L. Johnson of Charlotte, North Carolina and James C. (Donna M) Johnson of Lexington, South Carolina. Ex-husband, James E (Charlene) Johnson, Sr. of Coatesville, PA. Four Sisters, Velma R. Blue-Jennings of Marion, SC, Silvia Blue of Mullins, SC, Shirley Lewis of Marion, SC and Mary (Henry) Hightower of Atlanta, GA. Two Brothers, Lacy (Pauline) Brunson of Plainfield, New Jersey and Randolph Lewis of Mullins, SC. Five Sisters in Laws, Doretha Brunson of Marion, SC, Dorothy Brunson of Mullins, SC, Louis Brunson of Tuskegee, Alabama, Mattie Vereen of Mullins, SC and Ann (Charlie) Miller of Mullins, SC, Brother in Law, Mack Arthur Johnson of Marion, SC. A host of nieces and nephews, Five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Dear friends Ms. Bell, Evelina and Gladys
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