Johnnie Maye Jacobs was born on March 13, 1954 in Owassa, Alabama to the late Clyde and Virginia Jacobs. She was the 7th of 10 children of which only 2 were female. She and her sister, Jeanye, were outnumbered, but never out matched.
The Jacobs Family moved to Cincinnati in 1961 when Johnnie was 7 years old. She was educated in Wyoming City Schools and was a graduating member of the Wyoming High School Class of 1972. Coming from a super athletic family, Johnnie excelled at basketball and ran track while at Wyoming School.
Johnnie loved the field of construction and worked with the Local 265 Union from 1981 to 2013. Johnnie worked for Messer Construction, Gateway Construction, R. J. Beishel and many other companies during her career.
She dearly loved Bethel and was a member of the Little Angels Choir, the Leontyne Price Choir and the Young People's Department (YPD). Johnnie loved being a Junior Usher so much that she couldn't wait to join the Senior Usher Board as soon as she became an adult. She lovingly greeted members and visitors with her endearing smile and sweet embrace each and every Sunday she was able.
Johnnie also was an active member of the Trustee Board (serving as Pro Tem), Women's Missionary Society, the Lay Organization, the Finance Committee and Hospitality Committee.
The two loves of her life were her daughter, Crystal, and her Grandson, Chandler.
Two of her brothers, LaFarric Jacobs, and Howard B. (Charlie) Jacobs and special nephew, Antolen (Tody) Marcus, preceded her in death,
She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving daughter, Crystal McClair; devoted Grandson, Chandler Hyde (whom she affectionately called Chan-Man); six nurturing brothers, Norman Jacobs, Herbert (Wilneta) Jacobs, Frederick (May) Jacobs, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; Richard Jacobs of Ventura, California; James Jacobs of Winnetka, California; and Franklin Jacobs of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Alvan Jeanye Likely of Columbus, Ohio; many nieces, nephews, many adopted family members, and a host of relatives and friends.