Monday, April 15, 2024

Jo Ann Conner Maberry


Jo Ann Conner Maberry, 93 of Floyd, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, April 14, 2024. She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Carlin G. Maberry; and her parents, Curtis and Ocie Conner.

Jo Ann was a graduate of Check High School Class of 1948 where she was known as “petite, popular, and a speedy ball player” in her senior yearbook. Her love of basketball continued into her 80’s as she thoroughly enjoyed watching Floyd County High School basketball, even traveling to Richmond for state games until she was no longer able. She also loved being outside any chance she got; working in her garden and planting flowers. Traveling was a favorite pastime, especially taking Abbott Bus trips in later years, and she always made sure her daughters got to go on vacation growing up.

She married the love of her life on June 5, 1953 and settled into their first home in Willis. She worked at Maberry Store when it was located in Willis. She worked for Floyd County Public Schools for 25 years, working at Willis Elementary, Floyd Elementary, Floyd County High School, and the Bus Garage and Maintenance Department as secretary until her retirement. In addition to the school, she worked with her family at Maberry Funeral Home, Inc., becoming Owner and President in 2008 following Carlin’s death. She was lovingly referred to as “The General” by her staff, “The Troops.” She’s remembered for always working three jobs; the school system, the funeral home, and raising her two daughters and later keeping her granddaughter after school.

She was co-chair and instrumental in starting the Floyd County Chapter of the American Red Cross with her husband. She was a member of the Floyd Rebekah Lodge for many years. She enjoyed outings with the Blue Ridge Model A Club where she got to show off her cherished 1931 Model A that belonged to her dad and that she learned to drive on. She valued being a dedicated member of Floyd United Methodist Church until she was no longer able to go in-person.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann M. and Larry C. Phillips and Mitzi M. and Rodney D. Roberson; granddaughter, Nicole R. Carr (Tyler); great-granddaughter, Natalynn C. Carr; special caregiver, Barbara Gallimore; and special co-workers, Phillip Owens, Frank Keith, Isaiah Cox, Janelle Cox, Todd King, Wayne Lovelace, and Paul Hill.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Timothy Hale officiating. Interment will follow in Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Floyd United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 55, Floyd, VA 24091 or to the animal charity of your choice.

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