Billie Joan "Jo-ann" Posey resided in Charleston, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010, in a Fort Smith hospital. She was born September 22, 1932 in Ozark to the late Vernon Lee Andrews and Emma May (Gilbreath) Andrews. She was 77 years old.
She was also preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, James Lawrence Posey and one brother, Stephen Michael Andrews.
She was a strong Christian woman and lifelong member of the Mountain View Freewill Baptist Church, north of Charleston and a proud lifetime member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Gandy McCartney VFW Post 10443.
She was an avid reader and loved to write poems and short stories. For many years, she penned a weekly column entitled "Moments on the Mountain" for the Charleston Express Newspaper. She truly loved her life and family and had an unyielding sense of humor. She was loved by all and left behind scores of friends and loved ones and will be missed.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 14th, at the Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston, with Rev. Raymond Chronister and Rev. Terry Scott officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, north of Charleston, under the direction of the Brotherton Brothers Funeral Home in Charleston.
She was the Matriarch of a very large family and leaves behind her ten children; Carl Joe Posey & wife Janet of Charleston, Debra Lynn Choate & husband Michael of Fort Smith, James Phillip Posey of Charleston, Beverly Ann Dotson & husband Mike of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Lawrence Lee Posey of Charleston, Brenda Joyce Lawson & husband Buddy of Charleston, John Bradley Posey & wife Pamela of Van Buren, Emily Dawn Johnson & husband James of Charleston, Jennifer Lane Trotter of Lavaca, and Leslie Jane Fleming & husband Troy of Charleston.
She is also survived by three sisters, Ima Nadine (Andrews) Madzik of Hurst, Texas, Doris June (Andrews) Carlson of Sandy, Utah and Stacy LaVern Andrews of Price, Utah; two brothers, Bobby Lee Andrews of Yankee Hill, California and Douglas Mack Andrews of Barling; sister-in-laws, Toni Posey of Charleston, Ima Stubblefield of Bloomer, Edna Posey of Mulberry, Wanda Burton of Charleston,; brother-in-law, Oscar Burton of Charleston and a multitude of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is survived by twenty three grandchildren, Carl Joe Posey, Jr. of Alma, J.J. Posey of Charleston, Rachael Nicole Choate of Little Rock, AmmaLee Choate of Fort Smith, Matthew Christopher Choate of Fort Smith, James Phillip Posey, Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Jonathan Benjamin Posey of Charleston, Richard Orlando Newton of Charleston, Jaime Emanuel Talavera of Nashville, TN, Jacob Evan Talavera of Alma, Aimee Marie Talavera of Fort Smith, Derek Junior Lawson of Ratcliff, Elijah Wilson Lawson of Charleston, John Bradley Posey, Jr. of Fort Smith, Zachary Evan Posey of Russellville, Hannah Grace Posey of Van Buren, Lauren Taylor Trotter of Lavaca, Dylan Mathew Trotter of Lavaca, Elizabeth Joan Johnson of Charleston, David Allen Johnson of Charleston, Jessica Heather Carmona of Conway, Arielle Paige Fleming of Charleston, Audrey Renee Fleming of Charleston; thirteen great grandchildren, Mason Hunter, Drake Hunter, Rhiannon Posey, DevanLee Waggoner, Corbin Jackson, Diamond Choate, Cherysh Rose Newton, Taylor Gray, Bailee Dragoo, Kinzie Dragoo, Quaide Swink, Kaiyah Swink, Chloe McGuyer, and Lydia Brotherton.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Family will visit with friends 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Joan's name to the American Diabetes Association.
To pay an online tribute, please visit www.brothertonbrothersfuneralhomes.com.