Jo Ann Bledsoe


Jo Ann Bledsoe, 84, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1938, to the late David Riley Smith and Mable Dawson Smith. Jo Ann retired from Duracell. She was a member of First Baptist Church and active in Beecher Hunter’s Sunday school class. Jo Ann loved working in her yard with flowers and spending time with her family and her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Billy Ross Bledsoe; brothers, John Thomas Smith and David Frederick Smith; and grandson, Jacob Jenkins.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two daughters, Patty Scoggins (Eddie) and Wendy Jenkins (Donnie); grandchildren, Rachel Scoggins Martin (Edward) of Nashville, Madeline Scoggins Garcia (Troy) and Jonah Jenkins (Hope); and great-grandchildren, Macy Collins, Olive Martin and McKay Martin.

Jo Ann’s family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022, at the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 1 p.m.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Jo Ann or your condolences with her family at her online memorial at



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