Jo Ann McConnell was born January 12, 1937 to Henry Curtis Crawley and Martha Blanche Crawley of Sledge, Mississippi. Joann departed this world on August 21, 2019, held and surrounded by her loving family.
Jo Ann was known throughout the community of Lonoke for her various roles in childcare, food service and often through her children and grandchildren, she was known as “Granny”, “JoJo”, or “Mrs. Joann” to everyone. Jo Ann never met a stranger, she always showed compassion to those in need, and she was always there to help in any way possible. Jo Ann was very simplistic in life, never asking for more than she needed, but always willing to give, sometimes more than she had. Jo Ann was often known for her foods, her world class potato salad, her huge cinnamon rolls, and her secret recipes. She loved working in her flower beds and yard, playing bingo, casino gaming, reading books, spending time with family and friends, especially with her great-grandchildren. Jo Ann is loved and will be greatly missed by many.
Jo Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Lucien Hewlett McConnell, her parents Henry Curtis Crawley and Martha Blanche Crawley, her daughter Nancy McConnell-Ostrander, and 11 of her 12 siblings.
Jo Ann is survived by her children, Kathryn Luttrell of Lonoke, Nannette (Jim) Winebrenner of Vilonia, Lucien (Cheryl) McConnell of Jacksonville, Marc (Debbie) McConnell of Lonoke, and Ellen Hope of Lonoke. Grandchildren, Keith (Julie) Ostrander, Kim (Mark) Ostrander-Zelman, Glen (Katherine) Ostrander of New York. Angel McConnell of Jacksonville, Keith (Patricia) Eaton of Carlisle, Carrie (Chris) Dobbs of Conway, Kimberly (Kevin) Green-Kelley of Lonoke, Jamie (Allen) Winebrenner of Vilonia, James (Stephanie) Luttrell of Virginia Beach, VA, Oliver Hope, Gregory Rhodes, Ashley McConnell, Samantha Hargis, Bryan (Emily) Potts, all of Lonoke, Hannah McConnell and Andrew McConnell of Jacksonville. Great-Grandchildren, Willow and Autumn Franks of Cabot, Jacelyn Davis of Bryant, Lexi, Memphis and Bryar Eaton of Carlisle, Lizabeth, LillyAnn, and Christopher Dobbs of Conway, Austin and Axton Kelley of Lonoke, Masen Green of Lonoke, Madison Green of Cabot, Lucas Spencer, Riley Spivey, Jaxon Spivey of Vilonia, Wyatt Luttrell of Virginia Beach, VA, Tristan, Talen, Brantley, Owen, and Baylor Potts or Lonoke, Chloe Ostrander, Glen Eric Ostrander, Liam and Tucker of New York, many extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be held at Boyd’s Funeral Home of Lonoke, Arkansas on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at 3810 Highway 89 South, Cabot, Arkansas 72023.