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Jo Ann Lampros

Jo Ann Davidson Lampros

July 30th, 1937 - February 20th, 2021
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LAMPROS, Jo Ann Davidson

A life filled with family, friends, laughter, and books ended unexpectedly early Saturday morning, February 20, 2021, when Jo Ann Davidson Lampros, 83, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully following a brief illness. Her graciousness, kindness, and generosity, emblematic of the lessons learned as a child on a Buckingham County, Virginia, farm a generation ago, were quietly evidenced throughout her life through the teaching of others, volunteer work, and endless book exchanges; not to mention elaborately hosted apple juice tea parties and book readings with her grandnieces and nephews. Ever curious and adventurous, she left the family farm as a young woman to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from Emory and Henry College and then moved to Richmond to teach middle school English and history. Whilst there, she met her future husband, James (“Jim”) Nicholas Lampros, Sr., and, together, they embarked on a life which eventually brought them to Roanoke where she taught English at Roanoke College, earned several graduate degrees from Hollins College and Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, served at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and, most importantly to her, dedicated herself as life-long wife to Jim and mother and teacher to their son James. A person of faith, she quietly moved through the hardships of life with confidence and determination; her openness and ready smile never wavering. Jo Ann was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim, as well as her parents William and Ruth Davidson, her brother Scott Davidson, and her brother-in-law Leo N. Lampros. She is survived by her loving son James Nicholas Lampros, Jr., her brother-in-law John N. Lampros; sisters-in-law Barbara G. Lampros and Joan B. Davidson; nephews Nicholas L. Lampros, Michael L. Lampros, and William T. Davidson; nieces Penny L. Lampros (Barry F. Smith) and Elisabeth D. Goodwyn; a gaggle of grand-nieces and nephews; and last, but not least, her beloved poodle Jackie and cat Mr. Kitty-Cat.

A private interment will be conducted Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Evergreen Burial Park, with the Reverend Whitney Burton-Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Saint Francis Service Dogs, P.O. Box 19538, Roanoke, Va. 24019. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel; and apologies to Jo Ann, ever the English teacher and bibliophile, for any grammar and diction errors above.
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Sherlie Doherty

Posted at 05:21pm
Dear Lampros family,
Pat and I were saddened to hear of Jo Ann's passing. She was a lovely person who contributed much to our world.
Sincerely,
Sherlie

Kent Roberts

Posted at 11:21pm
Our heartfelt condolences to Jo Ann's family. She was one of our favorite people that we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She and my mother, Doris Word Pollard were distantly related as she was from Buckingham County also. We have known each other for many years. We always shared our love of our only wonderful sons! My husband and I will miss her beautiful smile and her wonderful sense of humor.
Kathy and Kent Roberts
CW

Charles Waybright

Posted at 06:33pm
Charles Waybright

Heart felt condolences to the family. Sad to know my cousin, Jo Ann has passed away. She and her brother, Scott will always be part of my childhood memories of a world long gone.
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Paula Eager

Posted at 01:18pm
I met Jo Ann in 2005 when I first moved to South Roanoke from out of state. She and Jim were warm and welcoming to me and my beloved Maud, a rescued liver spotted dalmatian. They had Blackjack at the time. I was in Roanoke for 9 years and always considered Jo Ann to be someone very special. Maud and I walked by her home almost daily. Once Blackjack passed, we got to know her new love, Jackie. And she was so dear to me when my sweet Maudie passed away. I am so sorry to hear of Jo Ann's passing. I still remember her lovely voice to this day. Feeling sad for the neighborhood today.
Paula Eager
Charlottesville
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