OBITUARY

Jo Allyn Daniel

May 5, 1948November 22, 2018
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Jo Allyn Gholston Daniel, 70, of Douglasville, Ga., passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

Jo lived a lifetime of kind, unselfish caring for others. She always showed courage and strength, especially at the toughest times. Perhaps her biggest accomplishment in life was raising her four young children with help from family, friends and the entire Douglasville community after her husband Ronny was in a terrible automobile accident. She showed the same courage and strength again 30 years later as she battled a relentless disease.

Her kindness and sweet smile were contagious, and she left the world a better place. If you knew Jo, you loved her. And she loved you.

Jo Allyn Gholston Daniel was born May 5, 1948, in Millen, Ga., in Jenkins County, to Joe Boyd Gholston and Sybil Edenfield Gholston. She moved to Atlanta after graduating from Jenkins County High School in 1966 and worked for the Georgia Department of Agriculture for a time before becoming full-time homemaker.

She married Ronny Daniel on Sept. 25, 1970, and moved to his hometown of Douglasville, which she called home for the next 48 years.

She was Methodist by faith and was baptized at Millen United Methodist Church as an infant.

She adored her family, especially her 12 grandchildren. She also loved animals, taking care of her own fur babies and frequently donating supplies to help animals at the local shelter.

She enjoyed going to the movies with her sisters-in-law, attending concerts with her best friend Linda Bray and cheering on her Georgia Bulldogs.

She loved the Southern food she grew up on cooked by Fannie Tarver, her family’s housekeeper and their dear friend. She had the same affinity for the cooking of her beloved late mother-in-law Elva Shell Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronny Daniel and parents Joe Boyd Gholston and Sybil Edenfield Gholston.

Jo is survived by her children and their spouses: Ron and Nancy Daniel of Douglasville; Chad and Deborah Daniel of Kennesaw; Kristy and Aaron Salley of Douglasville; Kimberly Daniel of Douglasville; grandchildren: Abigail Daniel, Perrin Salley, Ethan Daniel, Leighann Daniel, Emily Daniel, Nathan Salley, Olivia Daniel, Autumn Daniel, Henry Daniel, Emma Daniel, Audrey Daniel and Ava Daniel; and sister Stephanie Blumer Bray and Don Bray of Augusta, Ga.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Rosehaven Chapel with the Rev. Brett DeHart officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will be Perrin Salley, Ethan Daniel, Nathan Salley, Mike Shirley, Tyler Shirley and Andy Daniel. Henry Daniel will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, your local animal shelter or give the gift of life by donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at www.whitleygarner.com.

Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville.

  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society
  • Local Animal Shelter
  • American Red Cross

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 25, 2018
  • Burial Sunday, November 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jo Allyn Daniel

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Linda Bray

November 23, 2018

Jo (or Buzzy, the nickname my sister gave her) was my very best friend for nearly 50 years. She worked with my sister, Carol, in the Seed Division of the Ga. Dept. of Agriculture in downtown Atlanta. I first met her for the first time when the three of us went on a trip to California. I liked her from the very beginning, she was so much fun to be around, always making me laugh, especially when we went to The Coconut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel and ordered drinks, and the waiter asked if we were all 21 (no ID required back then), and Jo spoke up and said, "Well, I am"! My sister saved the day for me, since I was underage (we had already rehearsed earlier in the day what we were going to say when asked this question). We laughed about that one for many years to come. Later on, her daughter, Kim, went on several trips with the two of us to the Busch Gardens in Florida and Virginia. She loved to travel, and was always ready to go anywhere at any time. Over the past several years we attended several concerts together, seeing such entertainers as Paul McCartney, Yanni (her favorite), Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, The Beach Boys, Engelbert Humperdinck, Barry Manilow, Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith, and The Mannheim Steamrollers. What fun we had, and such wonderful and precious memories I will keep with me forever. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Jo's family. What a loving, caring person she was, and one who will be truly missed.

Laura Corley

November 23, 2018

Dear Ron and family,

I am sorry for your loss.

Through the grief, I hope some solace can be found in knowing she passed surrounded by so much love.

Keeping y’all in my thoughts and prayers.

Audrey Rogers

November 23, 2018

Jo Allen! I loved her name. And she was a sweet lady always. When she told me she had worked as a Seed Analyst for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, I was fascinated. Interesting job, I am sure.

She was a wonderful wife to our sweet friend, Ronny. When he was injured in that horrible accident, Jo Allen sat faithfully by his side... It seemed months as I recall. I was so thrilled when he came out of his "coma" (?) to visit with his children. I had prayed for that, because they needed the affirmation of their daddy.

During the time Jo Allen was helping Ronny in the hospital, his brother and his wife, my sister, cared for her four young children. It was a time of loving family working together in a special way.

Ron, you wrote a lovely tribute to your mother. I'm so proud of you. My prayers are for all of you children and grandchildren. Carry on, Dear Ones!

Kristie Lowther

November 23, 2018

Ms Daniels was a wonderful lady. We will miss seeing you and hearing about your adventures.

Sara Parker Sims

November 23, 2018

I am saddened by the loss of Jo Allyn. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to her family. I attended school with Jo in Millen and visited her home as a child. She was a friendly, sweet, and caring person. She was proud of her wonderful family and their accomplishments.

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Biography

Jo Allyn Gholston Daniel, 70, of Douglasville, Ga., passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

Jo lived a lifetime of kind, unselfish caring for others. She always showed courage and strength, especially at the toughest times. Perhaps her biggest accomplishment in life was raising her four young children with help from family, friends and the entire Douglasville community after her husband Ronny was in a terrible automobile accident. She showed the same courage and strength again 30 years later as she battled a relentless disease.

Her kindness and sweet smile were contagious, and she left the world a better place. If you knew Jo, you loved her. And she loved you.

Jo Allyn Gholston Daniel was born May 5, 1948, in Millen, Ga., in Jenkins County, to Joe Boyd Gholston and Sybil Edenfield Gholston. She moved to Atlanta after graduating from Jenkins County High School in 1966 and worked for the Georgia Department of Agriculture for a time before becoming full-time homemaker.

She married Ronny Daniel on Sept. 25, 1970, and moved to his hometown of Douglasville, which she called home for the next 48 years.

She was Methodist by faith and was baptized at Millen United Methodist Church as an infant.

She adored her family, especially her 12 grandchildren. She also loved animals, taking care of her own fur babies and frequently donating supplies to help animals at the local shelter.

She enjoyed going to the movies with her sisters-in-law, attending concerts with her best friend Linda Bray and cheering on her Georgia Bulldogs.

She loved the Southern food she grew up on cooked by Fannie Tarver, her family’s housekeeper and their dear friend. She had the same affinity for the cooking of her beloved late mother-in-law Elva Shell Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronny Daniel and parents Joe Boyd Gholston and Sybil Edenfield Gholston.

Jo is survived by her children and their spouses: Ron and Nancy Daniel of Douglasville; Chad and Deborah Daniel of Kennesaw; Kristy and Aaron Salley of Douglasville; Kimberly Daniel of Douglasville; grandchildren: Abigail Daniel, Perrin Salley, Ethan Daniel, Leighann Daniel, Emily Daniel, Nathan Salley, Olivia Daniel, Autumn Daniel, Henry Daniel, Emma Daniel, Audrey Daniel and Ava Daniel; and sister Stephanie Blumer Bray and Don Bray of Augusta, Ga.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Rosehaven Chapel with the Rev. Brett DeHart officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will be Perrin Salley, Ethan Daniel, Nathan Salley, Mike Shirley, Tyler Shirley and Andy Daniel. Henry Daniel will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, your local animal shelter or give the gift of life by donating blood to the American Red Cross.

Those who wish to express condolences or share a special memory may do so online at www.whitleygarner.com.

Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville.