Judith Ann Johns Island passed from this life peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 30, 2021, 1:05 AM in Mobile, Alabama at the age of 70.
Judy was born on April 13, 1950, in Mobile, Alabama to Reverend Noah E. Johns, Jr. and Josephine “Beanie” Carroll Johns. She grew up in Crichton, Alabama, and began playing piano for services at Crichton Assembly of God Church and teaching piano lessons at age 16. She graduated from Murphy High School where she played piano with the orchestra and for numerous drama productions. She then attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she graduated with Bachelors’ degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance and then moved on to earn her Master’s degree in Music from California State University of Los Angeles. Judy married her college sweetheart, Reverend Jerry M. Island, November 18, 1972, 48 years as of this past November 18th, and was blessed with the birth of their son, Jerry M. Island, II, May 8, 1981.
Judy was an accomplished pianist and music educator. She taught piano and voice privately for many years, served as a piano instructor at Lee University and Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Tennessee, and as a music educator with the Mobile County Public School System from which she retired June 1, 2016, after 18+ years tenure. She was loved by her students far and wide and is remembered by many as their favorite music teacher. In addition to her teaching, she loved working in the ministry and serving the church with her husband, Reverend Island, as they led the ministry at Overlook Christian Church. Outside of her work, Judy loved to cook, play games, entertain, make music, watch Alabama Football, and spend time with her puppies, Rusty and Ace.
Judy is survived by her husband of 48 years, Reverend Jerry Mitchell Island, I; son Jerry (Abigail) Mitchell Island, II.; Sister, Ruth Diane Johns Cary; Niece Megan (James) Cary Honea; and Nephew, Joseph Carroll Johns, Jr. She is preceded in death by her parents Reverend Noah E. Johns, Jr. and Josephine “Beanie” Carroll Johns and her brother, Joseph Carroll Johns, Sr.
A funeral to celebrate Judy’s life will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021, at Gracepointe Church of God, 6619 Old Shell Road, Mobile, Al 36608. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. and a service at 11:00 a.m. Private interment will follow at Silverhill Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Judy’s life. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Judy Island Memorial Fund can be made at: https://everloved.com/life-of/judith-island/ https://gofundme.com/f/the-judy-island-memorial-fund
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