Cooking 02

Melissa (Roberts) Johnson

September 23, 1964 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 57)


Melissa Roberts Johnson, age 57, of Newport, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 1, 2021 at Newport Medical Center. She was born September 23, 1964 in Sneedville, where she lived most of her life.  She was a member of Elm Springs Baptist Church.  She had the greatest love for cooking.  She enjoyed trying new recipes.  A truly amazing cook, when you ate with her you never left hungry.  She would give her last dime if she thought someone needed it.  She never met a stranger she couldn’t talk to and always left them with a smile on their face.  She really loved life, enjoying every minute of whatever she was doing, whether on trips to the beach with her children & grandchildren or weekend and day trips with her sisters.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucy Roberts; sister, Ruby Mullins and special niece, Rita Williams, whom was like a sister to her


She is survived by;

Father of her children; Oppie Johnson of Sneedville

Son; Kristopher & Amanda Johnson of Sneedville

Daughter; Kristy Johnson & Michael Bell of Sneedville and Ashley & Cody Ridings of Sneedville

Grandchildren; Kaden and Aiden Johnson of Sneedville, Waylon Ridings of Sneedville and Karissa (Alayna) and Kaison Bell of Sneedville

Sisters; Kay Johnson of Talbott, Phyllis & Jack Gibson of Sneedville, Frances & Mike Tate of Gatlinburg and Penny Roberts of Jefferson City

Brothers; L.H. & Kelly Roberts of Speedwell and Carlos & Janice Roberts of Russellville

Special friends; Stephanie & Ellery Drinnon of Talbott

She will be greatly missed by her aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins

Heaven is a little brighter with Melissa there.


Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the McNeil Funeral Home Chapel in Sneedville

Rev. Tim Ramey & Rev. Jack Gibson officiating

Special music will be provided by Tanya Winstead and Mike Gibson

Interment will follow in the Gallahon Cemetery in Sneedville  

Serving as pallbearers will be Hank Gibson, Tim Gibson, Jason Parks, Jason Roberts, Billy Gibson, Ellery Drinnon, Richard Collins & Mike Tate

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kaden Johnson, Aiden Johnson, Waylon Ridings & Kaison Bell

The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 P.M. on Friday, November 5, 2021 at the McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville


Online condolences can be made at


McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements

To send sympathy gifts to the family or plant a tree in memory of Melissa (Roberts) Johnson, please visit our tribute store.


November 5, 2021

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Funeral Service
November 6, 2021

2:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

© 2021 McNeil Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy