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We do know that Esther Johnson served two years in the army air corps before joining the AAGPBL in 1946, and that she was the niece of Flint Rehm, former star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Author: South Bend Tribune, 4/19/1946, p. 12, and 5/15/1946 p. 18.
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
Copyright: South Bend Tribune
Miss Esther DuRant Johnson, 56, died Suddenly Friday (January 6, 1978) at Pawleys Island, SC, after an apparent heart attack.
Funeral services were held Sunday (Jan. 8, 1978) at 2 p.m. in All Saints, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church. Officiating was the Rev. Randolph C. Charles Jr. Burial followed in the churchyard under the direction of the Mayer Funeral Home.
Miss Johnson was born at Rhems on Nov. 6, 1921, a daughter of Mrs. Laura Rhem Johnson Barnes and the late Benjamin Lamar Johnson. She had lived at Pawleys Island for a number of years where she was a communicant of All Saints, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church. Miss Johnson had farmed and operated a hunting lodge and more recently a fishing pier. Presently, she was owner-manager of the “By the Sea Trailer Park” and the “Summer Time Ice Cream Parlor” During World War II, Miss Johnson was a WAC in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and she joined the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1946.
Surviving were: her mother and step-father, Mr. & Mrs. Ernest L. Barnes of Pawleys Island and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Contributed By: Melinda Mobley
Copyright: Adapted from Georgetown (SC) Times, Jan 12,1978