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Jo Ann Tackitt Maddox Graves was called home to the Lord whom she had served so long April 9, 2019 in Waco. She was born on the Mcfadden Ranch west of Knox City to Andrew Chester Tackitt and Lena Mae Stone Tackitt on Aug. 18, 1932.
A worship service was held at the First Baptist Church in Knox City with Mark Brockett officiating. Services were under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
Jo Ann grew up around the Knox City area. She began her education in a one-room school at Brock Country School, Sunset Country School and graduated from Munday High School. Jo Ann continued her education by attending Brantley Daughns Business College in Ft. Worth. She met Jack Maddox while she was there and they were married July 7, 1951.
Jo Ann loved the Lord and her heart’s desire was to serve Him. She and husband Jack, who was a pastor, ministered to people in Connecticut, Indiana, Utah, Oregon and Texas. She combined her love of music and art to share the gospel to children wherever she was. She had the joy of the Lord in her life which resulted in her ability to make you feel loved and special. Jo Ann became an EMT and she and her daughter ran the ambulance service in Knox City. She also opened a yarn shop there. She loved to crochet afghans, and everyone has one that was made just for them.
After Jack passed away, Jo Ann married Hilary B. Graves, who was also a pastor. Together they did mission work in Vermont and they were used by the Lord to start three churches while they served there.
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Jack Maddox and Hilary Graves; daughter Jackie Shoyer; and step-daughter Tori Hicks.
Jo Ann is survived by her son James Maddox and wife Melanie of Hewitt; step-son Ben Graves and wife Amanda of San Antonio; step-daughter Phoi McGuire and husband Steve of Haskell; son-in-law Carl Shoyer and wife Judy of Lubbock; brother Merle Tackitt and wife Ann of Granbury; six granddaughters; two grandsons; 10 (almost 11) great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Jo Ann’s name to the Cross Country Emmaus Community: PO Box 383, Graham TX 76450.