By Tarnisha Thomas and Taylor Neal, News Writers

Senior Cynthia Marie Johnson departed life at Palmetto Richland Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2011.

“That was my best friend; she was always laughing, joking and talking about people. We would always have good talks together. I will always remember her walk, her simile and her laugh,” Senior Monica Robinson said.

Johnson was born on January 12, 1994, in Columbia. She was the daughter of Francine Marie Johnson and the late Tony Jerome Parker.

“My favorite memory with her was when we used to go to the movies and hang out at the movies. We found out we [were] cousins once we got older. She was always smiling and making me laugh,” Junior John Livingston said.

Johnson will always be remembered by her beautiful smile and beautiful personality.

“I remember Cynthia being all about having fun, laughing, joking and talking. She was always talking about being a loving, hard-charging Marine,” Major Walter Savage, ROTC Instructor, said.

She was a student who never gave up; she persevered, and she believed in herself.

“She was my friend and classmate. She was very intelligent, funny, loving and beautiful,” Junior Frank Galloway said.

Johnson was a devoted daughter, sister, cousin and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

“I remember her as someone to always make you laugh and [she] had a good spirit,” Junior Sarah Cantey-James said.