Jo Ann Byrns

Born in Orlinda, TN on January 16, 1939

Departed on March 17, 2019 and resided in Columbia, TN

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Jo Ann Byrns age 80 of Columbia passed away on March 17, 2019 atWilliamson Medical Center.

She was born on January 16,1939 in Orlinda, TN. She was the oldest of the children born to the late Joe Henry and Lillie Mae Woolbright Clinard. Growing up on a farm in Robertson County, Jo Ann knew the rewards of working hard and providing for her family. Many times she would have two jobs to support her oldest three children before meeting and marrying William Dean Byrns. This dedication to her family would become useful over the years.

Jo Ann would be blessed with four children and later a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Birthdays were always a big celebration with Jo Ann and she would go all out with dinner. Memories of dinners in her quant duplex with seating for three, being packed with their family waiting for their favorite dish that Jo Ann made for them, they would have everything making sure everyone had their favorite dish or dessert.

She enjoyed sewing, making all of Judys formals she needed growing up. Jo Ann continued sewing for her grandchildren and great grandchildren alike over the years, even sending her great granddaughters matching dresses to Germany, which fit perfectly. Her ability to look at someone and make it fit perfectly was a special gift.

Jo Ann loved to read and enjoyed the quiet. However you could guarantee that she would be watching Jeff Fisher coach on Sundays. If you called you would get a full run down of what was going on.

She will forever be remembered as a sassy women that loved her family and was as tough as pine knots.

In addition to her parents, Jo Ann is preceded in death by her husband, William Dean Byrns; Great Grandson, Kevin Dunn; son-in-law, David Poff; four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her children, Brenda Poff, Grover Smith, Lorri Pewitt and Judy(Benny) Goodman; grandchildren, Evelyn Byrum, Jason (Stephanie) Smith, Melinda Dunn, Daniel (Misty) Poff, Joseph Colwell, Tammie Colwell,and Shelby Goodman; 14 Great Grandchildren; 3 Great Great Grandchildren; brothers, Lewis Clinard, L.J. (Stephanie) Clinard, and Curtis (Sherry) Clinard and sister, Nora Haggard.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 2pm with Brother Arlin Troyer officiating in Springfield Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11 am until the time of service.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437 www.SpringfieldFH.com

4 Comments to Jo Ann Byrns

  1. Patrisa kiefer ( patty )
    March 19, 2019 7:40 pm

    Hi I’m patty, Grover’s better half 🤗 I use to call jo Ann ,moma smith . from the day I walk into this family moma Smith was kind and welcoming she was very good to me I came to love her very much and I will miss this special lady .

  2. Myra Blackburn
    March 20, 2019 4:56 am

    Jo Ann was a very special lacy. She taught me a lot in my younger years. Years later, even though I was no longer family, she treated me as such. Thanks for teaching your grandson (my son) so much.

  3. Gary Jackson
    March 20, 2019 2:40 pm

    I came to know Joann about 30 years ago. I was the first person she hired when she managed the Jim Dandy store in Hendersonville TN. I worked for her off and on for many years. When she left there and went to work for Safeco ins. Co…..iquit the same day and we both worked for Safeco! She was always like a mother to me….and I will always be grateful for knowing her. She was a very special lady to me….if I ever did anything she didn’t approve of, she was quick to tell me!! Thanks for the memories Joann….you will forever be in my heart….I love you.

  4. Maaliyah
    March 31, 2019 9:06 pm

    Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult things a family will ever have to do. The Bible gives support .”Throw all your anxiety on Jehovah because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 adds “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials”. What a comforting thought. May you find comfort in these scriptures and in Jesus’ promise, John 5:28,29. My sincere condolences to the family of Jo Ann Byrns.

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