Tressa E. Cremeens, 91, Gallipolis, passed away at 2:05 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, in the Holzer Medical Center. Born January 31, 1922, in the Ohio Township of Gallia County, she was the daughter of the late Chauncey L. and Ruth E. Elliott Johnson.
She was a graduate of Gallia Academy High School and attended Rio Grande College. She worked for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company for several years before going to work at the Gallia County Courthouse. She later would retire from the Gallipolis Developmental Center. Since 1944, she has been a member of the First Baptist Church, where she served on the Board of Deaconess, taught children’s Sunday School for several years, worked with the youth groups and served on various committees of the church. She was a member of the Betty Stam Ladies Bible Class, Ladies Missionary Fellowship Class and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #4464 in Gallipolis. Tressa was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Tressa married Marland W. Cremeens on November 28, 1946, in South Point, Ohio, and he preceded her in death on January 17, 2007.
Tressa is survived by her two sons, Phil (Debbie) Cremeens, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Jay (Andrea) Cremeens, of Gallipolis; her granddaughters, Jennifer Lynne (Nathan) King and Jaymee Lynne Cremeens, both of Gallipolis; her two step-granddaughters, Joan Leetad and Kathryn Chung, both of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; her two great-grandsons, Tanner Jay King and Kellen Gerald King; two sisters, Adeline (Edmund) D’Andrea, of Columbus, Ohio and Barbara (Michel) Huber, Philadephia, Pa.; a special friend and also a caregiver to Tress, Yvonne King; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Bonnie Swindler, Pauline Clark Sheets and Opal Halley; and her brothers, Lowell Vance Johnson, Chauncey Kenneth Johnson, Clarence “John” Johnson, Junior Johnson, Harold Lee Johnson and Billy Joe Johnson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in the First Baptist Church in Gallipolis. Officiating will be Pastors Alvis Pollard, Marc Sarrett and Joseph Godwin. Interment will follow in the Pine Street Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cremeens Funeral Chapel. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
Casketbearers will be nephews and great-nephews. Serving as honorary casket bearers for their “Grandma T” will be Tanner and Kellen.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.cremeensfuneralhomes.com.