Flossie Johnson was known for her love of hats and education. (Courtesy photo)

Flossie Pulliam Johnson donned many hats in her lifetime, educator, humanitarian and counselor to name a few. Not to mention the extravagant head pieces Johnson sported on the daily.

Born on August 25, 1931 in Chase City, Virginia, Johnson was the oldest of three girls to John and Mary Sue Ridley.

Johnson only bore one child, but she was a mother to many, going far beyond her requirements as a teacher to educate and enlighten students.

After relocating to Lawrenceville, Virginia, she earned a degree in Business Education at St. Paul’s College in 1954. Johnson taught in the Petersburg City Public Schools for several years, but it was in Baltimore where she would make her biggest impact.

Upon moving to Baltimore in 1966, Johnson received her Master’s in Education from the then Coppin State College.  Upon becoming a teacher in Baltimore City Schools, Johnson won the hearts of many by pushing students to exceed beyond the classroom. Teaching students how to dress, and carry themselves like adults was not in Johnson’s job qualifications but she was preparing them for the real world.

Johnson’s work inside the classrooms and communities of Baltimore was noticed and received awards from several groups and organizations including the United Negro College Fund and the State of Maryland.

As busy as Johnson was, she always found time for the Lord, serving as a celebrated member of Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore County.

Upon retiring from Baltimore City Schools, Johnson spent her time with family and fed her hobby of fashion by shopping for hats and shoes.

On January 27, Johnson died from complications she suffered in a fall last year.

Johnson is survived by her daughter Cheryl Grayson; grandchildren Camille, Alexandra, Autumn and Kennedy Grayson; sisters Doris Holmes and Delores Chamblee; niece Denise Chamblee and nephews John and Dean Holmes.

Johnson’s funeral was held Feb. 4 at Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore.