Jo Ann Nash Glenn, 92, of Chattanooga, much loved wife and mother, passed away quietly surrounded by her family on November 8, 2020. She was an active member of Brainerd Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.
Jo Ann was born on February 24, 1928, to Jim and Annie Nash in Birmingham, Alabama. Her father worked for the railroad during the Great Depression and the family moved frequently during Jo Ann’s early years due to changes in her father’s job assignments. Jo Ann was seven years old when her mother died. Afterwards she moved to Homewood, Alabama, to live with her Aunt Ida Wade and her cousin Martha Frances. Her father remarried one year later, and she rejoined him along with her new stepmother, Leitha Glass. Upon her father’s promotion to office wire chief at Southern Railway, the family moved back to Birmingham where Jo Ann attended West End High School and graduated in 1945.
After working as a secretary for Perry Supply Company in Birmingham, Jo Ann moved to Chattanooga in 1951 and began working for Signal Mountain Cement Company. One of the company’s salesmen introduced her to a customer, Elder Glenn, Jr. with Glenn Brothers Hardware Company. They enjoyed an eight-month courtship and then married on February 18, 1956. Her husband’s hometown of Chickamauga, Georgia, became their home. After being raised a Methodist, she joined the First Baptist Church of Chickamauga where she and Elder served faithfully until they moved to Chattanooga in 1991.
Having lost her own mother at an early age and having moved frequently during her childhood, Jo Ann dedicated herself to creating a loving, stable home for her husband and children. Jo Ann aspired to be the best mother possible, and she abundantly blessed her children with her love and encouragement. She was also a devoted wife and companion to her husband. She provided great support to him as he built the business which was to become Elder’s Ace Hardware.
She was a volunteer in the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Brownies, and taught the girls Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Chickamauga. Jo Ann loved to travel with the Williamsburg Gang – Fran, Betty, and Kitty, and cherished their girls’ trips to Williamsburg and Gatlinburg.
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elder Glenn. Survivors include her children, Grif Glenn, Tom (Darlene) Glenn, and Jan (Steve) Billingsley, all of Chattanooga; her grandchildren, Lauren (Greg) Reabold, Garrett Glenn, Andrew Billingsley, and Evan Billingsley; nephews and nieces, Mike (Carolyn) Wright, Lynn (Jerry) Campbell, Angela (Christian) Ford, and David (Rebecca) Glenn.
The family warmly thanks all the caregivers who tenderly cared for Jo Ann during the last several years – Jan, Cheryl, Neisha, Kim, Vee, Debra, and the staff at Brightstar. We are also so grateful for the medical services provided by Hospice of Chattanooga and their staff – especially Mary Beth, Laura, Gunner, Michelle, and Tonya.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jo Ann’s life will be celebrated in a small private funeral service held on Friday at First Baptist Church in Chickamauga with the Reverend Bryan Skinner officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the Chickamauga City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brainerd Baptist Church, the Salvation Army, Hospice of Chattanooga, or your favorite charity.
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Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.
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