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Obituary - Jo Ann Trapnell Adams
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel
Jo Ann Trapnell Adams

Jo Ann Trapnell Adams, age 93, of Gainesville, passed away peacefully at home on February 16, 2021.

Mrs. Adams was born in on June 12, 1927, in Bulloch County, Ga., to the late Aljerine J. and Maggie Lou Allen Trapnell. After graduating from Brooklet High School, she attended the University of Georgia, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She graduated from the School of Pharmacy on her 20th birthday in the pouring rain.

She married Robert E. (Bob) Adams on September 21, 1947, while he was still attending the University of Georgia. They moved to Gainesville, Ga., in August of 1949 and opened Adams Transfer & Storage. Jo Ann started work at Piedmont Drug Store in September of 1949 as the first female pharmacist in Gainesville, and retired from there in September of 1951. In January of 1954, at the age of 26, she and Charlie Johnson opened Riverside Pharmacy, from where she retired in July of 1986.

Jo Ann joined the First Baptist Church in Gainesville in 1949. She sang in choir and taught Sunday school for a number of years.

She was active in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #7, having served as president and chaplain through the years. She was also a member of Cabane 1317, Forty et Eight. She worked in the "Dog House" at Bingo and made brownies every week for many years.

She was also known for her pecan pies that she enjoyed sharing with friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; and by her brothers, Ray (Hautense), Allen (Lurie), Frances (Julia) and Lamar Trapnell.

Mrs. Adams is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Al and Pam Adams of Dunwoody; daughter and son-in-law Jane and John Hall of Macon; daughter and son-in-law Sally and Brad Smith of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law Jimmy and Betsy Adams of Gainesville/Flowery Branch; granddaughters, Dr. Margie (Cameron) Curry of Dunwoody, Virginia (Derek) Adams/Elmerick of Atlanta, and Laura (John) Griffies of Sharpsburg; grandsons, Adam (Kelly) Dukes of Charleston, S.C., Ben (Zoe) Dukes of Atlanta, Walker Adams of Atlanta and Charlie Adams of Atlanta; granddaughter Katelyn Smith of Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Vivian and Graham Curry, Hudson, Mitchell and Edward Elmerick, Susanna and Jack Griffies, and Stella and Maris Dukes; sister-in-law Virginia Trapnell; several nieces and nephews; special friends Beverly DeFevers and Sherald Pruitt; and several others who loved and will miss her dearly.

A private ceremony will be held for the family. A celebration of life will be held when circumstances allow.

Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donations may be made to The First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St., Gainesville, GA 30501; or American Legion Post 7, 2343 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, Gainesville, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements.

For online condolences: www.memorialparkfuneral

To view the services online:


Statesboro Herald, February 20, 2021

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