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Jo Ann Williams, age 64, was born April 12, 1952, in Lakeland, GA, to the late Henry and Ruby Williams.
Jo Ann was a virtuous woman who served God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She sought daily His will for her life and followed His ways. Given to hospitality, she was compassionate giver of herself and always friendly. She spoke with wisdom and kindness. She was one of life's best gifts, someone to treasure all life through. She was caring, loving, thoughtful and true.
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, God looked around His garden and He found an empty place; He then looked down upon the earth and saw her precious face. He put His arms around her and granted Jo Ann eternal rest.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one daughter: Talitha Sims; two sisters: Patricia Williams and Jane McEady; three brothers: Henry Williams, Leonard Williams, and Dwight Williams; one sister-in-law: Betty Williams; and two brothers-in-law: Alphonso Williams and Reddick McEady.
Jo Ann leaves her legacy of love to her five children whom she loved: Keturah Thomas (Billy) of Thomasville, GA, Hannah Sims of Jacksonville, FL, Anise Sims of Hahira, GA, Onesimus Sims of Valdosta, GA, and Atarah Sims of Columbus, GA; her three sisters: Omie Jean Haynes (Rev. T.J. Haynes), Martha Brooks (Dr. Willie Brooks), and Minnie Carter (Terry); eight brothers: Bobby Williams, Ralph Williams (Vachelle), Danny Williams (Lois), Harold Williams (Tiana), Joe Williams, Michael Williams (Linda), Joe L. Williams, and Alvin Williams; special friends: Lisa, Katie Gamble, Naomi and Charles Lokko; her nine grandchildren whom she adored: Zabulon Sims, Javasse Thomas, Malachi Thomas, Samaria Sims, Zidon Sims, Zariah Sims, Izella Sims, Dewayne Thomas and Isaiah Langston; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
The celebration of life for the late Ms. Jo Ann Williams will be Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Godfrey Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Willie Brooks will officiate. Interment will follow in the Charles Knight Cemetery, Lakeland, GA. Public viewing will be today, 1pm to 8pm, at Godfrey Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.godfreyfuneralhome.net. Personal and professional services are provided by Godfrey Funeral Home, LLC.
Published on March 9, 2017
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