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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX

OBITUARY

Jo Ann Heckathorn

March 11, 1941July 3, 2019
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Jo Ann Langford Heckathorn

Funeral Services for Jo Ann Langford Heckathorn, 78, of Killeen, will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

Jo Ann was born March 11, 1941, in Wellington, Texas, to Loyd and Opal Langford, and went home to be with the Lord on July 3, 2019. She was a longtime member of East Side Baptist Church and was employed by KISD for 25 years.

She married Bill Heckathorn on October 25, 1961. Jo Ann was the glue that held the Heckathorn family together. She enjoyed serving others and wanted no recognition for her many acts of kindness to friends and family.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, Bill Heckathorn; two sons, Jeff Heckathorn and his wife Martha, and Jody Heckathorn. Jo Ann was blessed with and adored her six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, July 5, 2019, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of the arrangements.

Private burial will be held at 9:00 AM Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

The family would like to thank the staff of Indian Oaks Memory Care Unit for their loving care of Jo Ann.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Private Burial Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Lloyd & Nettie Boales

July 5, 2019

So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet one! God Bless , Our love & prayers, Lloyd & Nettie Boales

Rita & Claude Fitzpatrick

July 4, 2019

Joann, was truly the most gracious and humble woman of faith I have ever met. She demonstrated love in a calm, dignified and caring way. She saw things no one else saw and those who were Blessed to know her will miss her smile and Godly presence. She served quietly and out of the limelight. That’s why I know she in the presence of God. She once sent ma a card before my surgery with $25.00 to buy a new nightgown for the hospital. That was Joann. Her family is Blessed!!! Love & Prayers to all. A donation will be made in her memory to the Alzheimer Research Organization. God Bless Joann , the Family and The USA.

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Biography

      “Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Jo Ann Heckathorn, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

      Jo Ann was born on March 11, 1941 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Wellington, TX. She was the daughter of Loyd and Opal Langford. Raised in Wellington, TX and Memphis, TX, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Jo Ann was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Jo Ann was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Jo Ann was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Jo Ann also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Jo Ann was raised with three siblings. She had siblings named Cliffa, Wanda and Peggy. Jo Ann was constantly involved in activities with her family. Jo Ann and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Jo Ann was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Jo Ann was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Jo Ann was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Jo Ann took part in a number of activities as a child. In her spare time she liked to read.

      Jo Ann enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Jo Ann was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Jo Ann was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1959. Jo Ann enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Graham. She was very proud to be on the "A" honor roll.

      Most folks would say that Jo Ann was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Jo Ann was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Jo Ann best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Jo Ann kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were Retha, Charles Rene and Mosen Bauchon. Later in life, she became friends with Retha.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Jo Ann. She was totally committed to Bill and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Jo Ann naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Jo Ann disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Jo Ann was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Jo Ann was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Jo Ann was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Jo Ann was blessed with two children, sons, Jeff and Jody. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Molly, Samantha, Lauron, Chase, Ace and Chelsea.

      If you gave Jo Ann a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Jo Ann was always on task. Without hesitation, Jo Ann could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was accounts payable clerk. She was employed for 25 years for Killeen ISD. During that time, Jo Ann excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Jo Ann was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Jo Ann had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Jo Ann liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Jo Ann's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Jo Ann preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were watching the Hallmark Channel. Jo Ann was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Jo Ann often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. In high school, Jo Ann played basketball (manage). She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity.

      Due to her excellent organizational skills, Jo Ann was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Jo Ann could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Jo Ann was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. In high school, Jo Ann was a member of the FHA.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Jo Ann. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church for 15 years. During that time, she taught Sunday School.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Jo Ann had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included Walt Disney World, FL and Branson, MO.

      When Jo Ann's retirement finally arrived in 2010, she was well prepared. She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. Her new life involved relocating to Killeen. Even in retirement, Jo Ann continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Jo Ann passed away on July 3, 2019 at Indian Oaks Memory Care Unit, Harker Heights, TX. from dementia. She is survived by her husband, Bill; sons Jeff (and Martha), and Jody; six grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and one sister, Wanda. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Killeen, TX. Jo Ann was laid to rest in Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Jo Ann was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Jo Ann was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Jo Ann Heckathorn was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Jo Ann. She will be missed.