Eliza Catchings

Eliza Catchings

URBANA — Eliza Catchings was born April 25, 1936, to the late Isaiah Johnson and Gradia Ruth Moore-Johnson in Newton County, Miss. Eliza peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 19, 2018.

Eliza received her education in Newton County, Miss. Eliza enjoyed cooking, baking and fishing. She worked at the former Burnham Hospital in Champaign, then worked many years and retired from the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana. She served on the Mothers and Nurses Board at Sheriff Temple A.O.H Church of God. She was a member of the Champaign County Heath Care Consumers. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memories six children, Willie Johnson, Larry Johnson-Catchings, Francine Catchings, Donald Catchings, Gloria (Bonney) Catchings and Jacqueline Catchings; two godchildren, Jacki Flemmings and Chrissie Flemmings;  15 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Johnson-Harris; and four brothers, Isaiah Johnson Jr., Bobby (Peete) Johnson, Jake Johnson and Abraham (Moe) Johnson. 

Eliza also leaves to cherish her memories four half sisters, Denise Greer, Ruby Harden and Inez Jones, all of Milwaukee, and Catherine Johnson of Glendale, Ariz.; and one stepbrother, Michael Johnson of Milwaukee. 

Eliza was a mother to the community; she also leaves behind a host of loving relatives and friends. 

A celebration of life will commence at noon Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at Sheriff's Temple AOH Church, 601 E. Vine St., Champaign. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the start of the service. Eulogist will be Bishop Wright. Interment will be in Lincoln Cemetery, Urbana. Leek & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.