Joan Nelson

CHARLESTON — Joan (JoJo) Cole Nelson, age 86, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, at Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at First Baptist Church in Charleston. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Price, Chaplain for Kindred Hospice in Flowood and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charleston, officiating.   Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Oakland.

Joan was born on August 3, 1933 in Paynes to Hezekiah C. Cole and Sadie Newsom Cole.

After attending Paynes School, Joan worked at Woods Drug Store and Dattel’s Department store before going to work at Tallahatchie General Hospital, where she retired after 42 years as a surgical technician and medical records clerk. The highlight of Joan’s career was working with Dr. T.T. Lewis at Tallahatchie General, and she talked fondly about their days of working together until her death.

She loved working in the yard, gardening, cooking, and she never met a stranger. Many of the patients who were served at Tallahatchie General remember her fondly as being “the best nurse they ever had,” and JoJo was proud of the great care she provided others. She loved not only her “blood family,” but also those who married her children.

She is survived by her children: Dwight (Pam) Tribble; Mitzi (Anthony) Woods; Beverly Tribble; and, Dawn (Doyle) Morrow, all of Charleston; two sisters, Shirley (Denny) Rhoades of Batavia, Ohio, and Judy (Bill) Schafer of Alexandria, Ky.; and, a host of nieces and nephews. Joan had six wonderful grandchildren who adored their JoJo: Don Meek, Shayne Tribble, Gwen Melton, Raven Tribble, Nash Tribble, and Bill Melton.

Joan was preceded in death by her father, Hezekiah C. Cole; mother, Sadie Newsom Cole; one sister, Dorothy Cole Kriese; her husband, Durow Nelson; one son, Stanley Thomas Tribble; and, one grandson, Dwight Cole Tribble, Jr.

Pallbearers are Ronnie Barkley, Trey Clark, Ty Hodges, Wyatt Hodges, Don Meek, and Nash Tribble. Honorary Pallbearers include the staff of Tallahatchie General Hospital and the Extended Care Facility.

The family requests memorial contributions  be made to Tallahatchie General Hospital's Extended Care Facility, 201 South Market Street, Charleston, MS 38921, or to the charity of your choice.

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