Dorothy Mildred (Light) Johnson

January 18, 1915 - March 19, 2011

When you have come to the edge Of all the light you know And are about to step off Into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: You will find something solid To stand on Or you will be taught to fly. Bar LaJeunesse Dorothy Mildred (Light) Johnson, 95, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at home in Roanoke. Beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew her, she was born on April 18, 1915, the daughter of Page Morris Light and Ida Shank Light of Locust Grove in Floyd. She married Elmer Randolph Johnson in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 20, 1945, and moved to Smyth County in 1955, where she remained for the next 40 years. A retired Smyth County building contractor, her husband preceded her in death in 1993. She was a graduate of Eskylund's in Roanoke and a former hairdresser. She also worked as a retail associate with downtown Heironimus and Ward's of Baltimore. She will long be remembered by those whose lives were so lovingly touched by her Christian testimony. A child convert at age 12, she attended church most of her life, serving as Sunday School teacher, treasurer, and Ladies Auxiliary secretary. Dorothy was preceded in death by a sister, Alma "Sunny" Light; and three brothers, Roy Marshall Light, Cecil Corelle Light and James Wilbur Light. Survived by a large, widespread family who hold in common their love and admiration for her, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, a daughter, Linda Kay Smith and son-in-law, Ronald Thomas Smith, of Chesterfield, and another daughter, Carolyn Sue Underwood and son-in-law, Winston Lee Underwood, of Roanoke and their children, Sharon Leigh (Dean) Ramsey, Wake Forest, N.C., Karen Sue (Jeff) Strom, Jonathan (Tori) Underwood, Christopher (Candice) Underwood, all of Roanoke, and Jason (Cheryl) Underwood, of Christiansburg; 11 grandchildren, Jessi, Emily, Spencer, Andrew, Chloe, Caden, Elijah, Micah, Caleb, Blake and Sierra. A celebration of her life will be held at New Life Christian Ministries, 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, with Pastor Jeff Copper officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be made online to

Guest book

Kay Smith

Chesterfield, VA
March 22, 2011

I will always remember you with love. And though I miss you, I know you are already in the middle of many happy reunions on the other side.

Dr G

Richmond, VA
March 22, 2011

Prayers for you all. May God's comfort be yours.

Terri Calloway

Dry Fork , VA
March 22, 2011

Kay, The loss of anyone is hard but when one loses a mother a part of you goes with them. Words seem empty at this time and very little comfort is found during these difficult days. But some how may you feel the prayers and thoughts of others and find a peace knowing others that have walked this path are holding you up in prayer that you will find grace and strength for not only today but for the many dfficult days to come. Love and prayers to you and your family during this time.


March 22, 2011

Carolyn I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Linda Cooper Sturgill

Chilhowie, Va.
March 24, 2011

Carolyn, So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. May God comfort you and your family during this time. With sympathy. Linda Cooper Sturgill

Linda Jones Lox

Conway, SC
March 25, 2011

Carolyn, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. What wonderful memories you will have of her long life. At any age it is hard to give them up, but be assured of your mom's faith that you will meet her again. Thinking of you. A MHSH Classmate 1965. Linda (Jones) Lox