Mrs. Johnnie Grace Cordes age 89 of Birmingham, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on June 22, 2023. Johnnie was a devout Christian and longtime member of First Baptist Church of Trussville where she dedicated much of her time caring for the babies in the nursery. In later years, she volunteered weekly in the church kitchen. Johnnie was a graduate of Hewitt Trussville High School where she excelled in many sports including softball, basketball and volleyball. She also played the bass drum in the marching band. Later she remained active by working in the lunchroom at the high school for many years. Johnnie was a very sweet, kind, humble and compassionate lady. She loved red roses, watching birds and squirrels, and spent many hours filling out word search puzzles, and loved playing Bingo. Sports were also a favorite pastime of Johnnie's as she enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves and Alabama and Auburn football. Johnnie was a talented artist and created many beautiful pencil sketches in her free time. She made the best fudge and enjoyed doing nice things for others. She was a selfless caregiver to many and was a dedicated wife, mother, and friend. Preceded in death is her husband Bobby B. Cordes, Sr; her parents Reuben O. Robison, Sr and Ruth O. Robison; and brother Reuben O. Robison, Jr.
She leaves behind her sons; Bob (Renee) Cordes, David Lee (Paula) Cordes, and Danny (Paula) Cordes; grandchildren; Amber (Gregg) Palmier, Johnathan Cordes, Jaron Cordes, Jeremy Cordes, Christopher Cordes, and Amanda (Jon) Stewart; great grandchildren Matthew Palmier, Jessica Fitzgerald, Kayla Palmier, Dylan Palmier, Natalie Stewart, Anna Stewart, and Brandon Stewart, and two great great grandchildren Marilyn Palmier and Alice Palmier. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Ruth Robison, several nieces and nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
Service will be officiated by Rev. Bobby Erwin and musical selection by Bob Smith. Services will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens on Friday, June 30, 2023, at 10:00 am. Family will accept friends and family for a visitation from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. A burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.