Josephine "Jo" Crowson Ashcraft, 83, of Pine Bluff went to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 17, 2013. She was born in Leola on Nov. 26, 1929, to James Franklin "Frank" and Velma Blake Deer Crowson. She grew up in Tull and graduated from Bauxite High School. Jo, Josephine, Mother, Grandma Jo, Aunt Jo, GG, Great Grandmother were all names that her friends and family used often, because Jo was someone everyone loved to be around. She had a way of making others feel special. Josephine was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, where she volunteered many hours and taught the Pearl Burnham Sunday School class. She was a life member of United Methodist Women and was a past member of the administrative board and the staff parish relations committee at First Methodist. She also taught in the children’s and youth department and sang in the Chancel Choir. She worked in bookkeeping at Sears before opening Jo’s Pet Shop. She owned and operated Jo’s for 15 years before retiring in 1982. Mrs. Ashcraft was past president of the Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club. For many years, Jo served as the secretary/treasurer for the auxiliary of the United Transportation Union #481.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Ashcraft; her parents; and three sisters, Ida Blake Crowson, Barbara Crowson and Marthel Willis.
She is survived by her son, Joe Ashcraft and his wife, Libby, of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Linda McDaniel and her husband, Rodney, of Texarkana, and Regina Blackstock and her husband, Jerry, of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, with the Revs. David Fleming and Fred Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Tull. Arrangements are by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.Tuesday, March 19, at Robinson's.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 West 6th Ave., Pine Bluff, AR, 71601.
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