Johnnie F. Mosley, a retired business owner, mother of five adult children and a great, great, great grandmother, grew up in Thomasville, Alabama. Her first award was for public speaking at the age of 12. As a young woman, she attended Thomasville Normal Industrial School and Mobile County Training School. She and her husband moved to California during the 1950s to raise their children. Johnnie eventually received her Residential Service Specialist license and she and her husband started their own business together which they operated for nearly 20 years. Johnnie has always enjoyed being active in her community. When she was younger, she taught Sunday school and Bible lessons at her church. She has served as the treasurer for the Glen Elder Improvement Association and in 2004 was recognized as Christian Woman of the Year by New Pleasant Grove Church. Johnnie currently serves on the Mother's Board at her church and is frequently called upon to recite her poetry for the congregation. She enjoys volunteering her time as a care provider to neighborhood children and she continues to write.