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Jo Ann Mitchell

Jo Ann Carrier Barber Mitchell, 76, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 8, 2021, after a lengthy illness. She was born May 29, 1945, to parents Gilbert S. and Myrtis Kuhn Carrier. Mrs. Mitchell was a devoted hairdresser for several years, then returned to school for respiratory therapy. She retired after 18 years of service from LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, as a Respiratory Therapist. A music lover, Mrs. Mitchell was a pianist and organist at Pleasant Hill and Edgewood Baptist Churches and also Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, where she is a member.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by daughter, Teresa Barber Davis and son-in-law John of Ponchatoula; daughter, Pamela Barber Reid, son-in-law and devoted caregiver, Anthony of Bogalusa; grandchildren, Christopher Mizell of Ponchatoula, Justin Brumfield of Sandy Hook, Miss., Jay Reid, of Bogalusa, Tyler Davis and his wife, Lindsey of Denham Springs, Sarah Reid of Bogalusa and Hannah Davis Trammel and her husband Will, of Pearl, Miss.; and great-grandchildren, Landyn Reid Anderson of Bogalusa and Eleanor Grace Trammel of Pearl. She was also excited about the upcoming birth of two additional great-grandchildren, expected in November and in March. She is also survived by her sister, Shirley Carrier Pittman, and brother, Rodney Carrier, both of Bogalusa. Mrs. Mitchell was also survived by step-children, Robyn Mitchell Seal (Terry) of Bogalusa, Rikki Mitchell Daley of Gulfport, Miss., and Joshua (Katrina) Mitchell of Bogalusa.

In addition to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carrier, she was preceded in death by sisters, Velma Graham, Doris Naretto and Ollie Smith, and brothers, Elbert “Blinker” Carrier, Louis “Chubby” Carrier, Sidney Carrier, Olin “Rozo” Carrier and Gary Carrier.

Funeral services will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home with visitation on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again on Monday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. until the service time at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Christopher Mizell, Justin Brumfield, Jay Reid, Tyler Davis, Will Trammel and nephew, Richard Smith.