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April 22, 2024

Josephine “Jo” Stringer

Josephine “Jo” Stringer, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away on March 20, 2017 in Ashe County.

She was born on July 23, 1929, in Ashe County, daughter of the late Joseph Clark “J C” Brown and Marjorie “Margie” Williams Brown.

Jo was a talented beautician/hairdresser for over 60 years, having been the owner/operator of Jo’s Beauty Salon, in West Jefferson, until her retirement for health reasons in April of 2008.

She was devoted to her family and friends, always sharing her wonderful pecan tarts with everyone she knew. She was an extremely good cook, cooking for her family and friends on Thursday nights for many, many years, always enjoying the company they provided.

She also had a true love for fishing, gardening, canning vegetables, crocheting dish cloths, making quilts and afghans, playing cards, traveling, cracking pecans, and making those wonderful pecan tarts and rhubarb pies. She had a “green thumb” when it came to gardening, always making certain to plant enough to share with others.

Jo had a strong and devoted love of God and was a faithful member of Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church, in West Jefferson, where she was a long-time member of the church choir and Women of the Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. “Pappy” and Margie Brown; her husband, Harold “Bud” Stringer; a sister, Evelyn Brown Shoemaker Reel;  an infant sister, Martha Brown; and in-laws, Jimmy Allen, Sharpe Shoemaker, Harry Reel, Hoyle Stringer and wife Ruth, June Stringer Woodruff Reeves and husbands John Woodruff and Wayne Reeves, and Iva Jean Stringer Bare.

Jo is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Deborah Epperson Stringer of Galax, Virginia and Mt. Airy; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Sidney Isenhour of Taylorsville; grandchildren, Elizabeth Stringer, and Mary S. Plant and husband Jon of Galax, Virginia, Andy Isenhour of Taylorsville, and Amanda I. Queen and husband William of Taylorsville; step-grandchildren, Brian Sizer and wife Annette of Galax, Virginia, Virginia S. Brown and husband Lee of Charlotte, and Steven Sizer of Los Angeles, California; great-grandchildren, Molly Plant and Tucker Queen; and step-great-grandchildren, Michael and Aiden Sizer, Micah, Rayah and Levi Brown, and Emma and Adyson Queen. She is also survived by her sister, Mary B. Allen of West Jefferson; a brother-in-law, Earnest Bare of China Grove; and a number of neices, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends on March 25, 2017, at Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church, West Jefferson, from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held immediately following visitation on March 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

The family respectfully requests no food.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church, PO Box 782, West Jefferson, NC 28694; or your local Humane Society, PO Box 1776, West Jefferson, NC 28694; or animal shelter. Flowers appreciated, as well.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Boone Funeral Service is serving the family of Jo Stringer.

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