Jo Wasson

HOT SPRINGS — Jo Betty Wasson, 80, of Hot Springs, Ark., received the keys to her heavenly home Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Located on streets of gold, behind gates of pearl, the mansion was built by God and purchased by His son, Jesus.

She was born September 7, 1933 to Elijah Bibb and Josephine (Everett) Whitten.

A cosmetologist for forty-two years, she owned Jo’s Beauty Shop in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She touched the hearts and lives of many people. Her passion to serve God colored every aspect of her life. The love she had for her family was immeasurable. Throughout life she shared Godly wisdom and principles and was a true source of strength and encouragement. She leaves a legacy for all to live by.

Jo Betty’s generous spirit exemplified the very heart of Jesus. Her love not only for family, but for others, was shown as she routinely baked cakes and took flowers to people throughout the community. She was a member of the Senior’s Class at Crossgate. She delighted in baking hot apple dumplings and spending time with these treasured friends. In later years she enjoyed attending church with her family at Hot Springs First Assembly of God.

Jo Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband Scott Wasson; brother Don Whitten; sister Peggy Murray; and great-grandson Chase Lewis. Jo Betty is survived by her son Mike Breazeale (Regina) of Hot Springs, Arkansas; daughters Vickie Terry (Mike) of Pearcy, Arkansas and Donna Thomas (Jim) of Hot Springs, Arkansas; extended family members Kay Dixon of Hot Springs, Beth Gentry of Little Rock, Pam Norris of Lakeland, Florida and Leah Hyatt of McGhee, Arkansas; grandchildren Richard Lewis, Robert Lewis, Joseph Breazeale, Tammy Simpson, LaShay Carr, and Spencer Terry; and great-grandchildren Justin Lewis, Brooke Ray, Taylor Butcher and Tanner Ray.

Pallbearers include Jimmy Stephens, Gary Tucker, Don Whitten, Mike Breazeale, Tim Ferguson and Charles Utt. Honorary pallbearers include Dierksen Hospice and her caregivers Darla, Wyvetta, Latrice, Tricia, Jessica, Zada and Josie.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Caruth-Hale Funeral with Rev. Mike Smith and Chaplain Billy Blackmon officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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