Jo Ann Capps Saunders

September 29, 1934January 8, 2021

IRMO - Jo Ann Capps Saunders, 86, died Friday, January 8, 2021.

Jo Ann was born on September 29, 1934 in Walhalla, S.C. to David Garnett and Ressie Mae Morgan Capps. Her family moved to Greenwood in 1943. She graduated from Greenwood High School in 1952. After graduation, she entered Anderson Nursing School graduating with her RN in 1955.

Jo Ann was joined in marriage to John Linker Saunders on July 2, 1955 in Statesville, N.C. They had two children, John Lance and William David. Jo Ann started her nursing career in Holly Hill, S.C. at the office of Dr. Peter Gaillard. She returned to nursing school at the University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelors of Nursing in 1977. She continued nursing at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health until her retirement in 1996.

Jo Ann was predeceased by her parents, Garnett and Ressie Capps and her husband, John Saunders. Jo Ann is survived by her sister, Helen Nelson; two sons, John (Susan), Bill (Zeleta); grandchildren, John Linker Saunders (Stephanie) and Alex Perdue Saunders (Roxie); and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Family will greet visitors beginning at 1:00 pm. Private interment for family only will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Place of Rest

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


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Carolyn Wilson

January 15, 2021

So sorry to see Jo Ann's obituary. I worked with her many years and she was a wonderful person. After her retirement and mine at a later date we met for lunch infrequently. She loved her family very much. We had not been in touch recently.