Joann was born on Feb. 24, l938, to James Luther and Louise Sexton Poe.
She married Wayne M. Sumner on July 23, 1955, and they were married for over 45 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Hallie Poe Amburn; her husband, Wayne M. Sumner; two sisters, Marie Jennings and Dorothy Lineberry; two brothers, James (Jimmy) Poe, Glenn (Jerry) Poe; a step brother Glenn (Junior) Hodges; and a special niece, Joyce Lineberry.
She leaves to cherish her memories a sister, Mary Poe Nichols (E. J.) of Advance, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Roy B. Lineberry of Galax; three sisters-in-law, Delta Burcham of Woodlawn, Coleen (Bud) Comer of Roanoke and Beulah Sumner of Hillsville; two step-sisters Pauline Leonard and Louise Blevins both of Galax; 26 nieces and nephews whom she loved very much which includes several very special ones, Betty Leonardo of Max Meadows, Bob (Betty) Lineberry of Galax, Kathy (Gary) Patton of Galax, Rick (Cindy) Bell of Fancy Gap, Rhonda (Brian) Warner of Advance, N.C., Ron Fortner (Kathy Daywalt) of Advance, N.C., Amanda and Melissa Nichols of Advance, N.C., Harold (Janice) Vass of Woodlawn, Roger (Linda) Burcham of Woodlawn and Perry (Beverly) Burcham of Woodlawn; several special great-nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
Even though Joann was never blessed with children of her own, she cared for and loved many over the years, including three very special young adults that she loved as if they had been her own, Vanessa Bottomley, Gerald Goad and Brittany Yow.
The service will be held at Blue Ridge Chapel at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, with the Rev. David Moore officiating. The family will receive friends after the service.
Flowers will be welcomed; however, the family requests that donations be made to the Piper's Gap Rescue Squad, 5565 Elkhorn Road, Woodlawn, Va. 24381 or the Crooked Creek Cemetery Fund, Attn: Pearl Bartlett, 571 Millstone Road, Woodlawn, Va/ 24381.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to everyone for their condolences, help, love and support at this time of great loss and sadness.
A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynn.com.