Jo Ann Parker, of Crane, Texas passed away peacefully in her sleep in the morning hours of December 14th.
Jo Ann was born March 4th 1932 in Breckenridge, Texas to John Leland Thomas and Alma Brothers Thomas. After a few moves she resided in an oil field community in Bennett ten miles northeast of Denver City. It was in this community that the Thomas and Parker families became acquainted and she met Eddy. After her and Eddy graduated from Denver City High School they were married on August 31st, 1951 at the First Baptist Church in Denver City. In July of 1952 they welcomed their first son, Tommy Ray. Soon thereafter Rodney Leland followed in November of 1953. The family then moved to Crane Texas in January of 1954. In March of 1962 a surprise came in the form of a little baby girl, Pamela Jo. After completing courses in the Library Sciences at UTPB she began serving as the Crane County Librarian, and held this position for over 30 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church Crane for over 50 years and taught countless Sunday school classes and led VBS. In recent years she has attended the First Baptist Church of Imperial.
Jo Ann loved to travel and to camp. She and Eddy had the privilege of visiting most of the National Parks, and every state except Hawaii. She kept close relationships with her sisters and brothers, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years Eddy Ray Parker, her parents, and three brothers Brien, Jack and John Thomas. She is survived by sister Pat Parker and husband Eddie of Lubbock; sister Linda Patterson of Lubbock; son Tommy Parker and wife Louise of Crane; son Rodney Parker and wife Susan of Farmington, New Mexico; daughter Pam Seay and husband Eric of Midland; grandchildren: Lindsay, Emily, Dillon, Amy, Steve, Samantha, Nathan, Rhea Ann, and Treydan; great grandchildren Eli and Avery.
The family will be receiving friends at the Shaffer-Nichols funeral home on Friday from 6 pm until 8 pm. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday the 19th at First Baptist Church Crane with Reverend Roy Smith officiating.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.