Slain prison employee, Debra Johnson, laid to rest

Slain prison employee to be laid to rest Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - Friends and family laid Debra Johnson to rest Friday. The Tennessee Department of Corrections administrator killed last week.

Johnson’s funeral was held in her hometown of Nashville.

For the last several days, memorials have been placed at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary and the Tennessee Department of Corrections offices in Nashville.

Johnson worked for TDOC for 38 years. She began her career as a correctional officer and rose through the ranks.

Funeral held for slain prison admin. Debra Johnson

She served as a sergeant, deputy warden and warden before becoming in charge of the West Region of Tennessee as a Correctional Administrator. She was planning to retire later this year.

Johnson leaves behind three children, seven grandchildren and two siblings.

Loved ones describe Johnson as warm and loving.

"She always had a smile on her face; she always loved everybody. She did. She always loved everybody. I'm going to miss her," friend Rosetta Nelson said.

Johnson’s funeral was at the Temple Church on Kings Lane in Nashville.

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