She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Herbert L. Small; her son Gary and wife DeeDee; her grandchildren Paul and wife Sofia, Gary, Jr., Amanda and Emily; and great-grandson Sebastian. She is also survived by her brothers C.L. and wife Juanita of Buladean, and Bill of Washington, MO; and several nephews and nieces.
Jo dedicated her life to and retired from their family business, H.L. Small Construction Co. in Orlando. She greatly enjoyed her church family at Southwest CMA Church and participating in activities with the Legacy Adults Group at First Baptist Church of Central Florida. Many wonderful memories were created when she traveled with family and friends, which she loved to do. As a beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend, Jolene touched the life of many. Her gentleness and soft-spoken words of encouragement were an inspiration to all. She will be dearly missed and forever loved.
The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 10 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha, FL. A service to celebrate Jo’s life was held Monday, Aug. 11 at noon at the chapel at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to The Arc of Haywood County, NC. 407 Welch St., Waynesville, NC 28786.
Mitchell News-Journal 8/13/2014