Jo Ann James

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jo Ann James, 70, died at 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 atKing’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven. She was a native ofKentwood, La. and a resident of Brookhaven.

Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood from 11 a.m.until religious services at 2 p.m. Friday.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Ben Wayne Blackwell.Interment will follow in the Woodland Cemetery in Kentwood.

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She is survived by her four daughters, Lisa Francis, of BatonRouge, La., Leigh Ann Wrather, of Smyrna, Tenn., Joni Spears, ofMcComb, and Shy Ann James, of Brookhaven; her two sons, JosephFrancis, of Pickens, and John Mark Spears, of Osyka; and her 10grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Lee McDanielBlackwell; her father, Benjamin Blackwell; her two brothers, ArlanRay Blackwell and Carl Blackwell.

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