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Jo Ann Mabrey Waits, 86, of Gadsden, Alabama, entered her heavenly home on May 4, 2022.

Jo Ann was born on March 27, 1936 to Mary Louise and Juston Mabrey in Hartselle, Alabama. She grew up in Gadsden and graduated in 1954 from Emma Sansom High School. She was married to Jerry Milton Waits for 54 years. She worked for Gadsden Town Schools until her retirement at Emma Sansom Secondary School. Jo Ann was a member of the Dwight Baptist Church and enjoyed antiques, cross-stitching, watching Alabama football, shopping, and reading about heaven and Bible prophecy. Jo Ann was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.

Jo Ann is survived by her son, Mark (Liz) Waits, her daughter, Kelly (David) Cochran, her brothers, Jerry Don Mabrey and Larry Mabrey (Judy), her sister-in-law Sarah Mabrey, Mary Tom Hale and Florence Dial , his beloved grandchildren Callie Mills Cochran, Marcus Grant Waits, Juston Clay Waits and Blaine Reese Russell, a special lifelong friend, Barbara Frazier, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jerry and daughter Dawn (Luanne), her brother Harold (Sonny Boy) Mabrey and her precious grandson, David Maxwell (Max) Cochran.

The celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at the Collier Butler Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. and service will follow at 1:00 p.m. The service will be led by Pastor Jay Stewart.

A private burial ceremony will follow at Forrest Cemetery. The pallbearers will be grandsons (Grant, Clay and Blaine), Juston Mabrey, Matt Mabrey, Ethan Embry and Chuck Burns. The honorary bearers will be special friends, Vincent Holladay and GR Norton.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Kwan, RBC Fire Department, Regency Pointe, Encompass Home Health and Hospice Care, his nurse Jennifer Clay, his friend Karen Harris and his caregiver Mamie Stone.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be made to MAXimizing Mental Health in memory of her grandson, Max Cochran. Donations can be mailed to 616 Bellevue Drive, Gadsden, AL 35904.

Posted on May 06, 2022

Posted in Gadsden Times

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