Jo Ann M. Shope, age 82, of Arkadelphia died Friday, July 13, 2012.

Jo Ann M. Shope, age 82, of Arkadelphia died Friday, July 13, 2012. She was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Breckenridge, Texas. She was a retired school teacher, teaching in the Arkadelphia School system for over 30 years. She was well loved and cherished by everyone who ever met her. She was a member of the Pine Street Church of Christ. Jo Ann was very active in a gospel singing trio with Janice Adams and Curtis Garner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Neil Shope.

She is survived by two daughters, Laura Anne Shope and Janet Lynn Dean; two grandsons, Bradley Neil Dean and Joseph (Joey) Andrew Bartsch and his wife Tara, all of Little Rock; her mother and father, Viola and Barnell Maddox of Antoine; and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Services were 11 a.m., Monday, July 16, at the Pine Street Church of Christ with Jim Buie and Randy Hughes officiating. Interment will be in Antoine Cemetery. Visitation was 2-4 p.m., Sunday, in Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Pine Street Church of Christ. Sign online guest book at www.ruggleswilcox.com.