Joy Johnson Kopp, 82, of Flowery Branch, ended her long goodbye on June 11, 2013. Since retirement, she and her husband, of 62 years, Robert, had lived at the family’s log home on Lake Lanier among all their good ole stuff. Joy was the only child of the late Lt. Colonel James Ellis Johnson and Cornelia Parker Johnson Reeves growing up in Baxley surrounded by a large family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Home was across from the public school, gym and ball park accommodating many activities. She loved to relive experiences. Among her favorite was the family visitation on her grandmother’s porch fronting on Main Street (U.S. 1) speaking and waving to people and motorists. Joy graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon where she met her husband, Robert (Bob) Kopp who was a student at Mercer. After five years in the business world, she opted to be a full time mom, homemaker, and helpmate for her husband’s career. She lived up to her name as a Life’s Blessing to her family. She loved the traditions of the Old South showing them
in her mannerisms. Joy enjoyed reading, shopping, decorating and cross-stitch, which adorned her home. Raised a Methodist, she joined her husband as a member of Ivy Creek Baptist Church in Buford.
In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by cousins, Lewis and Bill Parker of Baxley, Marianne McMillan of Vidalia, Jimmy Harrell of Clayton, N.C. and Mike Parker of Savannah and other kin.
A celebration of her life service was held Saturday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford with visitation one hour before and after the service. Dr. Jim Ferguson and the Rev. Craig Dale officiated. Interment followed at Omega Cemetery in Baxley where she completed life’s earthly journey among family and friends.