Jo Anne Woodie Brannock

May 28, 1936 - August 19, 2020
Jo Anne Woodie Brannock

Jo Anne Woodie Brannock (Grammy), 84, of Clemmons, formerly of Mount Airy, passed away August 19, 2020, at the Hospice of Wilmington. Jo Anne was born April 28, 1936, in her grandfather’s home in Ashe County, the second of four daughters born to the late William and Danford Woodie.

She served the Surry County community for 30 years as a Nurse with the Surry County Health Department. Upon retirement, she moved to Clemmons, NC to be near her daughter and two of her grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter, Kim Swaim (Barry Swaim), of Wilmington, formerly of Clemmons, and a son, Marc Brannock (Carol Burns), of Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is also survived by four granddaughters, Kelly Prince (Ben Prince) of Mt Vernon, VA, Katie Brannock of Brooklyn, NY, Madeline Swaim of Charlotte, and Meredith Swaim of Wilmington, and two great-grandsons, Connor and Silas Prince of Mt Vernon, VA. Two sisters survive her, Carolyn Parker and Sylvia Chilton (Robert Chilton), of Mt Airy, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her third sister, Patricia “Sis” Smith of Charlotte predeceased her, as did her husband, George Brannock of Mt Airy. Finally, she is survived by the fond memories of her kindness to her family, friends, and public health clients.

Respecting the current limitations on public gatherings, a memorial service will be held for Jo Anne after the COVID crisis is past. No formal visitation will be held. As a dedicated public health nurse, she would not want anyone to be at risk. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or any local charity of Ashe or Surry County.

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  • August 20, 2020
    Lori Burgess says:
    She was a wonderful lady and the most wonderful aunt. She was always there for me anytime I needed her. I will miss her greatly but I am thankful that this is not goodbye for I will see her again in heaven. Marc and Kim and all the girls, I love you guys and I am praying for you and I am here for you if you need me.

  • August 20, 2020
    RITA BAXLEY says:
    JoAnne was always able to make me smile when I went to see her. She was selfless and determined. I will miss you but I do know you are with Jesus. Marc , Kim thank you for all you did to help us see her the past couple weeks. Jimmy and I love you all.

  • August 22, 2020
    Sylvia Woodie Chilton says:
    My sister JoAnne was the most beautiful soul you could ever meet. She always took care of her family and made sure we had what was necessary. She was always bringing me clothes for school and paying me to clean her house so I would have spending money. She taught me a lot through the years but the best thing she did was love me with all her heart. She will always be on my mind and in my heart. Loving her was an easy thing to do.

  • August 23, 2020
    Dianne Talley niece says:
    Aunt Joanne was a wonderful person.She was kind and a sincere person. She will be missed. Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease. It’s a long death,taking away their life plus yours. I will never forget her.

  • August 23, 2020
    Patricia & Anthony Carter lit a candle:
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