IE Voice Staff |

Bobbie Jene Johnson, a beloved member of the San Bernardino community, has passed. She was born November 6, 1935, in Emmet, Arkansas to Xavier, Sr. and Allie (Wesley) Jones, the youngest of their five children.  

During her time in Arkansas Bobbie became a member of the College Hill Missionary Baptist Church where she accepted Jesus Christ at a very young age. She attended Carver School and Booker T. Washington High School (BTWHS) in Texarkana, AR and graduated in 1954. While at BTWHS, she was majorette in the Lyons Marching Band and enjoyed playing on the girls’ basketball team.

Relocating to California

After coming to California in 1955 Bobbie became a member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino, CA. (Che

Bobbie came to California in 1955 where she resided until her passing. She attended San Bernardino Valley College and became fond of the archery and tennis classes she chose as part of her physical fitness requirements. In 1976, she earned her Associate Arts degree in Secretarial Science, while raising her 7 children. 

Bobbie became a member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino under the leadership of the late Rev David Campbell. She was a member of various choirs while also being active in various departments and events. She has held the positions of Sunday School Superintendent, Sanctuary Choir Vice President, and was an office holder and member of the church’s Circle Groups.

Making a difference

Bobbie worked for the San Bernardino City Unified School District and held many positions there during her career. At the time of her retirement, she served as the principal’s secretary at Dr. Howard D. Ingram Elementary School (formerly Muscott Elementary). 

Throughout her years with the school district she was loved, respected, and appreciated by staff, teachers, students, and parents. Bobbie was honored as a recipient of the district’s 2nd Annual Golden Apple Award in 1996. 

Before Bobbie retiring served as the principal’s secretary at Dr. Howard D. Ingram Elementary School (formerly Muscott Elementary). (drrsource:

She enjoyed working with school children and wanted to make a difference in their lives. Bobbie achieved this through encouragement, emotional support, kind words of advice and by ensuring them that they can achieve great things through hard work and dedication. Her community involvement also include San Bernardino City Senior Affairs and Fire Commissions.

In memory

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, sons Jason LeMon Bradley, Daryl Andrè Rodgers, Sr.; grandson Deivon Cassidy McGee; brother Xavier Jones, Jr.; sister Mae Jewel “Mary” Cranford; Anna Lee (Loudermilk-Jones) Carlson, Josephine (Isaiah-Jones) Boyd.

She leaves to cherish her memory sister Rose Merthie; three daughters, Sharon Yvonne Rodgers-Watson, San Bernardino CA, Kim Yvette Rodgers-McGee, Longview TX, and Brigitte C. Bradley-Kilpatrick (Dexter), Victorville CA; two sons,  Arlington C. Rodgers, Jr. (Gwendolyn), and Derek K. Rodgers, Sr. (Lynn); 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, special families the Clarks (Nicole (Kenny), Kenny Jr., Kyon, Kennise and Kennia) and friends.

In lieu of flowers you can donate to the Bobbie Johnson Memorial Scholarship, 777 N F St., San Bernardino, Ca 92410.