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Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

OBITUARY

Jo Anne Blackwelder Davis

December 28, 1931January 5, 2020
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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory that no one can steal. We lost our dear Mom, Jo Anne Blackwelder Davis, 88, of Pleasant Garden, NC, Sunday, January 5, 2020. Jo Anne was born December 28, 1931, in Lexington, NC, to William Smoot and Annabel (Miller) Blackwelder. She grew up in Salisbury and Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School. Jo Anne became a pediatric nurse after graduating from Rowan Nursing School. She married Wayne Davis in 1953 and they were inseparable until his death. She was a devoted wife, mother and active volunteer; especially with her local community and the American Red Cross. In an age of social justice, she was a champion of causes and could be found helping the less fortunate. If something needed doing in the community, you could often find Jo Anne and Wayne, together, “getting it done.” Jo Anne successfully lobbied and gained financial support from the state of North Carolina to establish the first public kindergarten in the basement of her home in August 1961. The next year the kindergarten moved to Pleasant Garden Elementary School. She also successfully lobbied for a caution light at the school. She organized an annual spring Pleasant Garden Horse Show Parade with her friend, Jeanette “Charlie” Falconer to raise support for the local community center. Then, Jo Anne and Wayne worked tirelessly with their friends to run the horse show. Jo Anne had a gift of hospitality and never met a stranger. Her home became a magnet for church and community social events. In her 40s, she discovered tennis and competed locally. Her passion for tennis burned bright for many years. Jo Anne also loved her family; especially her 15 grandchildren who annually attended “Maw Maw and Paw Paw’s” camp at their home. Jo Anne and Wayne also hosted family reunions at their Bel Air Springs Mountain home. Last, but certainly not least, Jo Anne loved her church family where she was a beloved member at Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church since 1960. A celebration of her life will be there at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18. The family will receive guests in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Jo Anne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Wayne, and her sister, Betty Wilson. She is survived by her son Chris, and wife, Robbie; her daughter Anna Gleaves and husband, Chuck; her daughter Kim Winslow; her son Brad, and wife Lynn. Additionally, Jo Anne is survived by 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren including: Michael Davis and wife, Carrie (Evelyn, Conrad, Jacqueline); Preston Davis and wife, Dorsett (Jordan, Christopher, Alexander). Kristy and Lenny Arnold (Casen, Maddie, Dane, Marley); Ben Bishop and wife, Jeanine (Leo); Elizabeth Guth and husband, Jared (Georgia, Camille); Brad Bishop, Jane Gleaves, Taylor Gleaves. Beau Winslow; William Winslow and wife, Casey (Rowan, Drew); Rachel Whitehead and husband, Matthew (Penny, Olivia); Alexander Winslow. Derek Stone (Marissa, Ashley); Kyle Davis and wife, Allysen (Elsie); Cori Davis. The family is grateful to Jo Anne’s caregivers from Visiting Angels, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, her church family and neighborhood friends who allowed her to stay home long after dementia and heart disease slowed her down. We will never forget you. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church, 4834 Pleasant Garden Rd., Pleasant Garden, NC 27313.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Receiving Family and Friends Following the Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Jo Anne Blackwelder Davis

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Eddie Kearns

January 21, 2020

So sorry to hear about Jo Anne's passing. She and Wayne both were the greatest community minded people I ever knew. Hard to find folks like them anymore. Great memories.

Benjamin Cockman

January 21, 2020

I remember Jo Anne and Wayne and their amazing family. Chris, Anna, Kim and Brad were always good friends. I miss you all!

Marvin Lee Midkiff, Jay and Pam Midkiff's son

January 20, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss, Mrs. Davis was a nice lady, I've spoken to her before and she was really nice. Sending prayers to the family.

Melanie Bumgardner

January 16, 2020

Dear Aunt Jo,
I will miss you. You were always so very good to me. I admired you: in your nurse's uniform when you were in nursing school; in your summer shorts, carrying your precious babies around; in your swimsuit, teaching swim lessons at a Greensboro pool; at your home, being the perfect wife, mother, and hostess; gently caring for my mom; laughing that madcap laugh of yours; and just being you! The mold was broken at your creation!
Love you forever,
Melanie

john mccomb

January 16, 2020

I shared many years with Jo Anne as one of her physicians. She always left me with a smile. I will greatly miss our yearly visits. She shared many of her stories with her husband and know she missed him greatly. Now she will keep him smiling in eternity. My prayers are with her whole family and friends.

Jane Scott

January 15, 2020

Aunt Jo was a wonderful and totally unique human being. Because she was the younger sister of my mother,Betty, my memories of her go back a very long way. I remember visits to her home and so much fun playing with my cousins, Chris,Anna,Kim, and Brad. Her family was surely one of the bright spots of my childhood.
She was a natural hostess and great baker and cook. I remember her gorgeous white hair, sense of humor, and her loving-kindness! She loved her husband Wayne and her children.

Aunt Jo's devotion to my mom was a testament to her huge heart and sense of loyalty. She lovingly nursed Betty through numerous illnesses and hospitalizations.

I could write a book about my aunt. All who knew her could probably the same! I am grateful to have had her in my life.

Kenneth Land

January 12, 2020

Mrs. Davis and her husband were patrons of mine for years. They would often come by just to chat about whatever seemed like good news. She continued the same after his passing , making me feel so happy just to see her come by to ask how I was doing and tell me the latest news.
Both will be missed for as long as I live.

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