January 17, 2024


Mrs. Tondra Elaine Johnson-Coates was born December 31, 1962, to the late William Johnson and Kay Frances Johnson, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tondra attended IPS School Riverside #44 and graduated from Northwest High School. She was actively involved in sports while in school.

Tondra professed a hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized under the pastorate of Bishop Rodgers Archie at The Fold of Christ Church. As an adult, she relocated to Georgia and joined St. Luke’s Deliverance Ministries. She later became a member of All Nations Life and Praise under Pastor Keith Brooks, until her illness.

Professionally, Tondra was a Manager for eight years for The Movie Stop in Clarkston, Decatur and Tucker Georgia. Later, she was employed as a school bus driver with DeKalb County Public Schools for thirteen years. She was truly respected by her peers and children in the school district.

On June 15, 1991, Tondra Elaine Johnson was united in Holy Matrimony to Willie Daniel Coates Jr. From this union, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter Kriscita Kay. Tondra always found room for “one more”. She always extended her home to family and friends. 

Her husband and daughter were her constant inspiration and the center of her life. To her family and close friends, Tondra will always be affectionately known as “Fefe”. Tondra loved attending church all her life.  She enjoyed being with her church members going out to eat and to the movies. She loved being with family and just having a good time listening to music and dancing. Tondra would light up any room with her presence. She had the ability to make you laugh with her humorous ways.  Fefe loved to be pampered with manicures and pedicures, always looking her best whenever she stepped out. Her beautiful smile and loving disposition will be remembered by all.

Mrs. Tondra Elaine Johnson-Coates departed this life on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the age of sixty- one years and twenty- one days. Tondra was preceded in death by her parents, William and Kay Johnson, brother Cornelious, two nieces and four nephews.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Willie; a daughter, Kriscita; siblings, Derrick Johnson (Valerie), Keith Johnson (Sylvia), Robert Johnson (Zebib), William Bibbs (Anita), Selena Harrison (Jerry), Denise Haley (Terry) of Rialto CA, Sheila Clayton (Mark) , Dorcel Tibbs, and Michelle Ruby-Glenn (Robert); brothers-in- law, David Coates (Gayla), and Jacob Coates (Nanette); aunts, Bobbie Jean Parker (Al) of Los Angeles, CA, and Thelma Cardwell of Loganville GA; fifty nieces and nephews and seventy-five great-nieces and nephews; special friends, Juanita Graves, Chevon Boyd, Gloria Pierre, Evelyn Smith, Ruby Weems of GA, Iwona Archie Wooten of Springfield, TX , and Angie  Butler of TN, and a host of cousins and extended family and friends.


Humbly Submitted.…….........................................…...….The Family


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