JoAnn was born on November 10, 1933 to Mary Hamilton and Oliver T. Coleman in Cerro Gordo, NC. Jo was predominately raised by her grandmother Fronie (Manning-Hamilton), while her mother spent extended periods of time working in New York. Jo would often reminisce about the exciting times she spent taking the train back and forth during the summer months to visit her mom. Jo attended the Columbus County School system. She graduated from Chadbourn Negro High School on May 18,1952, as senior valedictorian of her class. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend college. Jo aspired to teach or join the U.S. Air Force; however, she chose not to pursue either vocations due to the sudden loss of her dear mother in December 1952. Shortly after high school she relocated to South Philly and worked as a seamstress in a men’s suit factory. She soon met an Army soldier, William Jones, who she later married on October 18, 1956, which started her journey as a military wife. She traveled throughout the United States and overseas for several years throughout her military life where she perfected a lifestyle as a homemaker and mother. During her marriage she gave birth to nine children: Debra, Marsha, Chris, Sherri, Jody, Kamela, Deena, Ryan, and Margo. She dedicated the rest of her life to loving and raising all her Children. Upon the end of his military retirement in 1977, Jo and her children settled down in Browns Mills NJ until 1990. She then relocated to Alexandria, Virginia. Jo would lend her generous personality and smile to all she encountered. With a true servant’s heart she would often sacrifice her own needs for the sake of others. Jo quickly made bonds with people from all walks of life. She was often described as a humble woman, sweet, caring, and nurturing. Her pleasures in life were caring for her grandchildren, spending time with her family, watching old sitcoms, and hitting the casinos. She was a mother and friend to many. Giving back was a major part of who she was. Her walk with Christ began in early childhood. She accepted Christ and was baptized at Mt. Tabor Baptist church. She was often heard around the house humming various tones and hymns dear to her. In March 2021 due to medical complications she relocated to North Carolina to be cared for by her daughter Kandy. As her health began to fail , her family, grandchildren, and friends visited with abundance of love. She continued to trust God, never losing faith with her soul anchored in the Lord. Surrounded with love and comfort by her daughter Kandy hand in hand, son-in-law James and nurse aide Loretta Joann transitioned peacefully to her eternal rest at home on Thursday September 1, 2022 at 4:21 am. Joann is survived by her children: Deb, Nita, Sherri, Kandy, Deena, Ryan, Margo * preceded in death by Oliver Coleman, Mary Hamilton, Froine Hamilton, Chris and Jody. Grandchildren: Phashawn, Marcus, Natasha, Roxanne, Cameron, Janiece, Marlita, Ebonee, Malek, Brennon, Eryn, Jasmine, James, TeYany, and Shane; *Also Leaving Behind* 14 great-grand children, and host of relatives, family & friends—All of whom she loved and who loved her dearly~
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