Betty Briggs-Johnson

February 23, 2021


A Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Betty Briggs-Johnson of Riverview, Florida, who transitioned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021.  

Mrs. Betty Briggs-Johnson was born in Tampa, Florida and was educated the public schools of Hillsborough County, graduating from Howard W. Blake High School, Class of 1965. She later earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration.  Mrs. Betty Briggs-Johnson was employed with GTE (now Verizon Communications, Inc.) for over 30 years prior to her retirement. 

Mrs. Betty Briggs-Johnson was a loyal and faithful member of Beulah Baptist Institutional Church, where she faithfully and proudly served as the Church Treasurer, member of the Deaconess Board, the Ladies of Emerald and the Sanctuary Choir.

Her community and civic organizations included being a member of Nu Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and a member of the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. 

She was preceded in death by: her loving and devoted husband, Johnnie Johnson, III; parents, Peter James and Katie Forbes, Sr; brother, Rufus Forbes; and great-grandson, Joshua Coleman.

 She leaves to cherish her loving and precious memories with her children: Eleanor JaNiece Bell (Cedric), Avery Briggs, Sr. (Stacey), Andrea Briggs, Ife Johnson Rosser (Erroll, Sr.) and Taneshia Johnson; grandchildren, Avery Briggs, II (Tiffany), Kaitlin Bell Coleman (Samuel), Kayla Bell-Consolver (Tabitha), Sydney Benjamin, Dorien Brown, Aric Briggs (Abbey), Timothy Persico, Addison Johnson, Shenise Wallace (Davis, Jr.), Brittney Green (Shyteek), Erroll Rosser, Jr., and Ellis Rosser; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Coleman, Emish Castaneda, Julius Briggs, Averianna Briggs, and Jarell Briggs; sister, Mary Forbes Williams; brother, Peter Forbes Jr. (Elaine); mother-in-law, Delores Johnson; sister-in-law, Deadra Johnson Griffeth; brother-in-law, Wendell Scott Johnson (Anita); god-daughter, Cicely Turner; special friend, Sandra Butler and a host of many other relatives and friends.

The visitation will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021, from 3-7 p.m. at Ray Williams Funeral Home. We are asking family and friends to please follow the CDC Guidelines.  Masks are required.   

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March 5, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ray Williams Funeral Home
301 N. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606-1508

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