Jo Ann was the daughter of Worley and Mary Eliza Jordan Bishop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Brothers Ishmael, Harold, Tommy, Charles, Jack, John Henry and Bob and her sisters: Anna Faulkner, Gussie Ison, Ruth Cornett, Juanita Cooley and Frances Sams. Jo Ann was also preceded in death by a son Michael Nelson.
Jo Ann graduated from Elizabethton High School and East Tennessee State University with a degree in nursing. She was a Plant Nurse at the local Rayon Plants in her early years of employment. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Elizabethton, where she was a loyal supporter of the Volunteer Sunday School Class.
Jo Ann is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Harold Carver, a daughter, Cathy Stout Grindstaff and a son Richard Nelson. Also surviving are two brothers: Jimmy Bishop of Elizabethton and Kenneth Bishop of Nahunta, Georgia and her grandchildren: Megan Redman, Charlotte, NC. Michelle Grubbs and Julie Bailey both of Unicoi, Todd Nelson ,Travis Nelson of Elizabethton. Her Great Grandchildren: Dylan Nelson, Haley Grubbs, Alexus Grubbs, George Nelson and Johan Redman, Her Great Great Granddaughter: Reilei Nelson.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Nathan Jennings and Rev. Mike Berry officiating. Graveside Service and Interment will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be provided by Grady & Alecia Holder and Carol Bowers, Organist. Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 12:20 p.m. Sunday will be: Todd Nelson, Travis Nelson, Dylan Nelson, Richard Carver, Allen Carver and Danny Carver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Steeple Fund, First Freewill Baptist Church, and 706 First Street, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Friends may also visit with the family at her residence. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 12:20 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Carver family