Carolyn Barber-Johnson was born on August 20, 1963, in Gary, Indiana to Val Morris and R.V. Barber. Carolyn was baptized at an early age at Starlight Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.
Carolyn attended Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School, Beale Elementary School, and Visitation High School. After graduating Visitation High School, she attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Criminal Justice on August 8, 1987. While attending college, she was a member of the Interdenominational Youth Choir and pledged as an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Pearl (Que Pearl). Other activities Carolyn enjoyed were being an Eastern Star, making Easter baskets, and having a candy store for the neighborhood kids.
She later joined Union Missionary Baptist Church where she met the love her life.
On August 22, 1987, Carolyn married Kenneth D. Johnson where they shared 35 plus years. From that union they had two children, LaKresha and Kendall.
On Monday, November 7, 2022, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, God called Carolyn home to be with him. She leaves to cherish her memories; her husband, Kenneth Johnson of Bloomington, Illinois; one daughter, LaKresha L. Johnson and one son, Kendall D. Johnson, both of Bloomington, Illinois; one stepdaughter, Ashley (Fabian) Brown of Dallas, Texas; three granddaughters, Nevaeh Johnson, Laila Brown, and Zion Johnson of Bloomington, Illinois; three graandsons, Derrick Brown Jr. of Bloomington, Illinois, X’zavion Silas and Khalil Brown of Dallas, Texas; one great-grandson, Eriyon Williams of Bloomington, Illinois; three brothers, Thomas (Frances) Barber of Alsip, Illinois; Timothy (Katherine) Barber of Lansing, Michigan; Jimmy Barber of Chicago, Illinois; two sisters, Ollie Adkins of Oaklawn, Illinois; Sarah F. Barber of Chicago, Illinois; one uncle, Peter (Emma) Martin of Chicago, Illinois; one aunt, Bettye Payne Speed (Charles) of Los Lunas, New Mexico; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister; Patricia Taylor and brother; Henry Patton.