Julia Joann Gannaway, 81, of North Matewan, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Williamson Memorial Hospital of Williamson.
She was born January 13, 1932, in Radford, Va., to the late Lewis Currin and Eva Moore Charlton.
Joann was a graduate of Christiansburg High school, class of 1949. The Gannaway Family moved to West Virginia from Christiansburg, Va., in 1968, and Joann worked many years as a nurse’s aid for Shawnee Hill Group Home’s Division in the Kanawha Valley and later retired.
Joann touched many lives through her sense of humor, her caring ways and her tenacity for life. She was not only a mother to her children but also a best friend. She was the “life of the party” wherever she went. She spent many years caring for the elderly and the mentally disabled. She had an incredible inventiveness when working with mentally disabled adults.
She never gave in to adversity and could make the best out of a difficult situation. There is now truly a void in the lives of everyone who knew her, but we know we will all see her again someday soon.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas C. Gannaway, having married September 30, 1951, of North Matewan; sons ,Thomas C. (Jenny) Gannaway II and William C. (Jeanette) of Sterling, Va.; daughter, Anne C. (Charlie) White of Graveport, Ohio; grandchildren, Alison (William) Kincer of Roanoke, Va., and Aidan Gannaway of Sterling, Va.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 28, 2013, at Sunset Cemetery 501 South Franklin St. Christiansburg, VA 24073, at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Opie Harris officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc. of Matewan.