Visitation Information:

October 8th, 2019 at 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Service Information:

October 9th, 2019 at 02:00 PM
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery and Crematory
2030 Memorial Park Road Gainesville, GA 30504

Mrs. Joanne Sosebee Smallwood, 88

Joanne Sosebee Smallwood, 88, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019 at her home at Azalea Estates Assisted Living.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. Rev. J.D. Sosebee, Jr. and Rev. Don Sansbury and Bishop Charles Hanson will officiate. Interment will follow in Union Grove Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Born on September 7, 1931 she was the daughter of the late J.D. Sosebee, Sr. and Willonelle (Doster) Sosebee. She was retired from Sears and Roebuck, where she was a secretary. Mrs. Smallwood was a member of Living Waters Congregational Holiness Church.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smallwood is preceded in death by her husband, Jay Rufus Smallwood; mom, Ruby Sosebee; sister, Betty Sosebee Gilstrap.

Mrs. Smallwood is survived by her sons, Terry Gilstrap of Gainesville; son and daughter in law, Tim and Paula Gilstrap of McDonough, GA; daughter and son in law, Angela Gilstrap Ledbetter and Stan Ledbetter of Fayetteville, GA; step-son, Bill Smallwood and Tina of Fayetteville, GA; grandchildren, Phillip Gilstrap and Melissa, Zach Ledbetter, Hannah Ledbetter; great-granddaughter, Hailey Gilstrap; brothers, J.D. Sosebee, Jr. and Sarah of Texarkana, AK; Darrell Sosebee and Diane of Cleveland, GA, Wayne Sosebee and Sue of Cleveland, GA and a number of other relatives and friends.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.

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DeAnnA Crumley 2019-10-06 17:59:30
I know she is in the Arms of God. And I know my Dad Lee Crumley was there to Welcome Her in. You'll be in my Prayers.
Anita Duggar 2019-10-06 22:11:11
Your family are in my prayers. I always thought a lot of Joanne. I can still hear play and sing. She is now in a place with no heartache and pain and basking in the love of Jesus.
Donna Sosebee Waldrop 2019-10-07 09:03:22
Joanna is now in the arms of the Lord, along with her sister! They are singing together again!
Allen & Brinda D. Denman 2019-10-07 11:52:20
We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincerest heart felt condolences. Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless Y'all!
Don Ledbetter 2019-10-07 13:03:54
Joann was a godly woman. She served the Lord in many ways over the years, always exemplifying a sweet Christian spirit. She will be greatly missed. Those who knew her were blessed by her gracious spirit.
Yvonne Perry Hearn 2019-10-07 16:29:02
Sad for family and friends left, but Happy for Joanne. She is home. Yvonne speaking on behalf of the entire Perry family that knew her so well for many years.
Debbie Stacks 2019-10-07 20:49:38
Angela and Family....Your mom was a very sweet and kind lady...I have fond mementos of her. She always had a smile on her face.sending my condolences and to all.
Walter Collins 2019-10-07 23:01:33
JoAnne was such a Godly Sweet Woman. She had such a sweet Spirit about Her. I was in a lot of Services with Her. I always loved to hear Her Angela and Tim sing! She is now singing in that Heavenly Choir!! God Bless the Family. Know one day we will see JoAnne again! In Heaven!!👏😇
Bil and Penny Strength 2019-10-07 23:25:38
Even though we couldn't hit a lick at a snake, Sister Gilstrap played cover for us many times in our feeble attempt to sing praises to the Glory of GOD in services, whether it was Revivals, our monthly treks for singings at other churches, camp meetings, or just our home church. She ALWAYS said yes even if we didn't ask her to play. It was like a given when "The Strength Family" was called up on stage for a song request, she got up and walked with us as our personal pianist. She was just such a PRECIOUS, BEAUTIFUL HOLY SPIRIT woman. I'm so sorry for your loss Tim and Angie, ya'll are like our Brother and Sister, and always will be, both on Earth and again in Heaven. 😭🙏
Elaine and Rob Fox 2019-10-08 09:09:48
JoAnn was a precious lady? Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.
Barbara A. Smith 2019-10-08 13:40:05
I am so sorry to hear of Joanne passing. She is now with Jesus free from pain and care. Now singing with the Heavenly Choir. I loved to hear her sing. She has blessed so many people. We will see her again thank God. Praying for all the family.
Terri Hill 2019-10-08 13:55:30
Prayers for a sweet lady who left here for home
Toney and Celenna Peters 2019-10-11 07:43:55
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of such a precious, Godly woman. Her gentle spirit and her great many talents were such a big part of my admiration for her. She was most certainly a blessing in my life as I am sure is true for everyone who knew her. We love all of you. May the Lord fill you all with the most precious of memories and comfort you all.
Rita Coleman 2019-10-31 00:22:18
Tim and Angie, I can feel your loss. Sis Joanne is at home with Jesus and Daddy/Mama (Morris/Ruby Strength), who also loved her very much and we were very close to the family growing up and over the years. We grew up in church together at 1st Congregational Holiness Church of East Point, singing all around at our different sister churches, Youth Camps and Camp Meetings and Sis Joanne always played the piano at our church, she played and sang with Tim and Angie, and with Bud and Betty, and for us when we sang specials as children/youth. She even played the music for my wedding as Angie sang. She was such an inspiration to us, strong faith in the Lord, very Godly Saint no matter the circumstances-always a lady, and a friend to all. She is greatly missed. No more sickness or pain. Tim and Angie, you are always in my prayers, but extra ones will go up during this hard period of loss/grief. We love you very much. May the Holy Spirit comfort you. Love & Prayers Rita
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