followed by the funeral service
Joe Ann Smith, 91, of Cedar Grove TN, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and care givers at Waterstone on Augusta on January 6, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Joe Ann’s family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all the staff at Waterstone and her special Visiting Angels, Jan and Lynn, who showed her so much love, care and compassion.
Born January 29, 1932 in Jackson, TN, Joe Ann was the only daughter of Leonard and Hazel Johnson.
After high school graduation she attended West Tennessee Business College and worked in Jackson TN. Soon after that Joe Ann married Bill and they began their life together. Bill served in the US Army which moved them to Ft. Benning, GA. Joe Ann became a mother and homemaker there until they moved back to Tennessee in early 1960’s. Bill joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and Joe Ann became a District Manager for Avon, Inc. in downtown Memphis. Years later when she retired from Avon, Joe Ann loved being a full time homemaker, school homeroom mother, Girl Scout Leader and Cookie Sales Coordinator, Band Booster President and avid supporter of all “her girls” activities. When they left home for college, she went back to work at Millington East Elementary School as the office assistant. She loved children.
After retirement, in 1987, Bill and Joe Ann returned to Cedar Grove and began a happy retirement life. Joe Ann and Bill were active members of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church. She served as the Adult Sunday School teacher, church treasurer and organizer of numerous church events. She was also active in the community. As President of the first Ladies Auxiliary of Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, she organized fundraisers such as the very successful sale of “Cookin’ With Firemen” cookbook, filled with treasured recipes of the local women of Cedar Grove community. She spent countless days caring for her relatives in the area and those in need. Joe Ann was a devoted wife, loving Mother, Sister and Aunt, always smiling and helping others.
She is survived by one brother, Jerry Lee Johnson; two daughters, Cynthia Gail Smith (James), of Atlanta GA and Suzanne Smith Hardin (Lee), of Greenville, SC; nieces, Lori Silloway, Carmon Roach, and Christi Ingram; nephews, Jeff Vinson and Lee Johnson; and great nieces, Ashley Johnson Thomas and Lacy Johnson Hehe.
Joe Ann was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband of 70 years, Billy Joe Smith; one brother, Gaylon Johnson; and three sisters-in-law, June Spain Johnson, Shirley Smith Vinson, and Joann Carroll.
Joe Ann will return to her hometown where she will be buried beside her beloved husband. Her visitation will be held Sunday, January 14th beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church in Cedar Grove, TN and will be followed by the funeral service.
Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her honor be sent to Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, 130 Highway 220, Cedar Grove, TN 38321.
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