Jo Ann R. Pafford

September 13, 1937April 8, 2018

Jo Ann Register Pafford, a resident of the Winchester area of Annapolis, MD since 1981, passed away peacefully at her home on April 8, 2018. She was born September 13, 1937 in Nashville, Georgia and lived there until her graduation from Berrien County High School in 1955. She was a devoted wife and mother, and a loyal supporter of all things Navy, including Officers Wives Club activities and Navy football.

While working as a secretary and copy writer at Radio Station WGOV in Valdosta, Georgia she met her future husband, John S. Pafford, who was a staff announcer at the station. In late 1962, she moved to Atlanta to work for the Civil Service Commission as a secretary, later transferred to the Atlanta Regional Office of the Veterans Administration, before moving to Washington, DC to perform administrative work at the Veterans Administration Central Office.

In 1964, she and John were married in the Downtown Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA . Soon after, they departed for John’s navy assignment on Guam in the western Pacific. There, Jo Ann worked for a shipping company, Pacific Far East Lines and, subsequently, with the Naval Ship Repair Facility. She accompanied her husband to other duty stations in Washington, DC, Gaeta, Italy, Washington again, and Fort Meade, MD. Jo Ann was employed for a number of years in real estate administrative duties, first with Long and Foster Realty in Annapolis and then with ReMax Realty in Severna Park, MD. In all her positions, she was recognized for her exceptional competency, efficiency, and dedication. She retired in 1999 after being diagnosed with the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.

In addition to her husband, John S. Pafford, Jo Ann is survived by her sons, John W. Pafford II and Todd A. Pafford and his wife, Elizabeth Winter, and her sister-in-law, Vivian Pafford, all of Annapolis; two sisters Elaine Patrick of Conroe, TX and Linda Nix of St. Augustine, FL, her brother, James P. Register, Jr. of St. Augustine, and a number of nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents, James Paul and Nancy Register, and a sister, Anita Edminster.

Her family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional assistance she received over a number of years from her devoted and loving caregiver, Karen Drake, as the effects of Parkinson’s Disease advanced. When her condition demanded even more intensive help she was placed in the exceptional program of Hospice of the Chesapeake, which enabled Jo Ann to remain in the familiar surroundings of her home, free of discomfort and anxiety. The range of their resources was amazing, unfailingly delivered with the utmost tenderness and expertise.

In accordance with her wishes, Jo Ann’s remains will be cremated and there will be a private service. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Hospice of the Chesapeake would be appreciated.


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Earl Mainor

April 19, 2018

I was saddened at the passing of Jo Ann. She was older than me but several ocassions speak out to me. We went to high school together, we both worked at the Midway Drive In Theatre at one time. When I was stationed in the Air Force on Guam back in the sixes, John and Jo Ann had me over for dinner and carried me on a tour not only of the Navy base but also of the island. Jo Ann was truly a great person a great friend, and I will miss her. I send my condolences to John and the children.
Earl Mainor
Nashville, GA