Jo Ann Murdock Melvin, 82, of Clarksville, Florida, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida.
She was born September 10, 1931, in Grapeland, Texas. Jo Ann graduated from Frink High School in 1948 and was the Valedictorian of her class. While raising her family, she decided to continue her education. Jo Ann obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. She began teaching fourth grade at Blountstown Elementary School in 1971, transferred to Carr School to be the media specialist in 1981, and retired in 1996 after twenty-five years of service as an educator.
In her community, Jo Ann was a faithful, supportive member of Traveler’s Rest Free Will Baptist Church. She sang in the choir until declining health dictated otherwise. She loved to cook and her corn bread was famous at church dinners and reunions. Jo Ann enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, crocheting, and watching Florida State football.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Ellis Melvin; her father, Earle Murdock; and a son-in-law, Jackie Attaway.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Stephen Melvin and wife, Delinda, of Panama City, and Dr. Wade Melvin and wife, Dr. Naomi Melvin, of Chipley, Florida; two daughters, Linda Attaway of Clarksville and Renee Ratliff and husband, Greg, of Perry, Florida; her mother, Edith (Nichols) Murdock, and sister, Jerice Concilio, of Houston, Texas; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and numerous other relatives and friends. We are so grateful to have had her in our lives.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 7, at Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 8, at Traveler’s Rest Free Will Baptist Church in Clarksville with Dr. Shawn Williams officiating. Jo Ann’s nephews will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in Traveler’s Rest Cemetery.
Jo Ann may be remembered with flowers or with a contribution to Traveler’s Rest Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 19573 NW SR 73, Clarksville, Florida 32430 or The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, 18769 NW Pioneer Settlement, Blountstown, Florida 32424 in her honor.
Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). You may offer the family condolences online at adamsfh.com.