Jo Ann Martin Vann

Published 8:56 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

AHOSKIE – Mrs. Jo Ann Martin Vann, age 64, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie.

Mrs. Vann, a native of Hertford County, was born to Rachel Harrell Martin and Joseph Henry Martin on May 2, 1948.  She was married to Elmer Lee Vann on September 1, 1963 and to this marriage was born two children.

Mrs. Vann was a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church in Cofield. She worked for the News Herald of Ahoskie for some twenty-five years. She enjoyed gardening and working with her flowers.  Mrs. Vann was a very loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death is her daughter, Sheri Paige Vann; and her mother and father, Rachel H. Martin and Joseph H. Martin.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Lee Vann; one son, Michael Jarvis Vann and his special friend, Jerri Kay Liverman, all of Ahoskie.  Also surviving are three sisters, Jeanne C. Dilday, Gwendolyn M. Ayers and her husband, Robert, and Kathy D. Leonard and her husband, Butch, all of Ahoskie; one brother, Donnie Martin and his wife, Gail, of South Boston, VA; and two grandchildren, Clinton Lee Vann and Kellie Marie Vann.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Holly Springs Baptist Church in Cofield with the Rev. Gilbert Crawford officiating.  The burial will follow at the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie on Friday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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