JoAnn C. Smith

JoAnn C. Smith

Passed: February 06, 2024
Charleston, WV

JoAnn C. Smith

Passed: February 06, 2024
Charleston, WV


JoAnn C. Smith was born on February 4, 1938, in Harewood, West Virginia. She grew up in the Rand community and attended Levi First Baptist Church, where she was a member for over 50 years and where she was in the Senior Choir later in life.

JoAnn, affectionately known by friends and family as Jo or Nana Jo, graduated from Garnet High School. She moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she worked in the Textile industry for 20-plus years.

In 1976, she selflessly moved back to West Virginia from her life in New York to care for her younger siblings when their mother passed away. This act of love and dedication set the tone for JoAnn’s life, showcasing her unwavering commitment to family.

She was known for her quick wit and sense of humor. And her cooking skills were legendary, with her homemade meals serving as a centerpiece for many gatherings and celebrations.

The Lord called JoAnn home on February 6, 2024. She passed away peacefully at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two sisters. JoAnn is survived by two brothers, five sisters, a host of granddaughters, grandsons, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

Though she may no longer be with us in body, her spirit will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have been touched by her presence.

A celebration of JoAnn’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Levi First Missionary Baptist Church.

Rest in peace, Jo. You will never be forgotten.

Condolences may be sent to the family at .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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9 responses to JoAnn C. Smith

  1. Bethlehem Baptist Church Mansfield, TX
    Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr., Senior Pastor, Rev. Leonard Hornsby, Executive Pastor and the members of the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Mansfield, Texas extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Brenda Farr and family in the home going of your love one JoAnn C. Smith. We know that this is a very trying and difficult hour for you, know that GOD is right by your side comforting and keeping you. We remind you to lean on Him and trust Him at this word. May GOD bless and keep you is our prayer.

  2. Charlene says:

    Joann a pleasure to have known you and your presence will be missed but the joyful memories will always remain. Rest in peace.

  3. Gwen Avery says:

    Rest well cousin

  4. I first met Joanne when I moved back to the farm 14 years ago, and she immediately took me under her wing and cooked me mini meals. What a great friend she has been to me over the years. I’ve tried to visit with her once monthly since her retirement from the farm. She was a grand lady and I’ll miss her greatly.

  5. Auntie Jo,

    Your life was a blessing, Your memory a treasure, You were loved beyond measure and you will be missed beyond measure. Now its time for you to rest for we all know you did your best.

    Tell the family hello for me. Love Tiney

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