Official Obituary of

Paulette Mechelle (Leake) Johnson

July 27, 1950 ~ August 20, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Paulette Johnson Obituary

The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Johnson will be live streamed on the Facebook Page of Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor.


Mrs. Paulette Michelle Leake Johnson, the fourth of eight children born to the late James Vester and Odelia Upchurch Leake of Durham, NC, was born on July 27, 1950.  She departed from this earthly life on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at home surrounded by her family.

Paulette graduated from Hillside High School in Durham, NC in 1969.  She received her EKG Technician certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill.  After achieving this certification, she worked for Duke Medical Center for many years.  She later moved into the tobacco industry and worked for Liggett and Myers Tobacco until she retired.  She returned to work as a finance Supervisor for CCB.  She retired (again) from Go Durham Transit,

Paulette was joined in Holy Matrimony to William Howard Johnson on June 30, 1984.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her baby brother Daniel Leake; and her granddaughter Cierra Giles.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Howard; one loving daughter, Lisa Denice Giles-Maxwell; two grandchildren, Darius Dwayne Giles and Princess Breanna Giles; four great-grandsons, Ka’Kari Giles, Camryn Giles, Mason Giles and Prince Richardson; three brothers, Charles Massey, James Henry (Frankie) Leake and William Junior Leake; three sisters, Patricia Ann Leake, Joyce Leake Peterson and Vernell Leake Harris; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Viewing (Walk Thru)
August 24, 2023

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fisher Memorial Funeral Parlor
3137 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

August 25, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church
3411 Dearborn Drive
Durham, NC 27704

Celebration of Life
August 25, 2023

1:00 PM
Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church
3411 Dearborn Drive
Durham, NC 27704


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