Jo Ann Julia (Dyer) Waddell

jo ann waddell

October 1, 1942 ~ January 18, 2023

Born in: Buncombe County, North Carolina
Resided in: Arden, North Carolina

Jo Ann Julia (Dyer) Waddell, 80, of Arden, died Wednesday, January 18, 2023 in her residence.

Born in and a native of Buncombe County, she was the wife of the late Joe Roger Waddell, to whom she had been married 55 years before his passing in 2018. She was the daughter of the late Edward DV and Julia Minerva (Erwin) Dyer. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Dyer.

She was a member of Crossroads Church, Asheville.

Jo Ann was a homemaker, but also worked for a number of years as an operator for Bell South. Later in life, she worked for Belk at the Asheville Mall. She also sang on the radio in the 1950’s.

A lover of all birds and flowers, Jo Ann especially enjoyed crafting. She loved working with her father, creating different crafts in his workshop.

Jo Ann is survived by a daughter, Cindy Waddell Stultz and her husband Jerry of Charlotte; two sons: Barry Joe Waddell and his wife Susan of Candler, and Andrew R. Waddell and his wife Kimberly of York, SC; three grandchildren: Brandon, Preston, and Lauren; one brother, Donald Gene Dyer and his wife Raina; and one sister-in-law, Vivian Dyer.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with Pastor Mike Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Lewis Memorial Park, Asheville. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Church Benevolence Fund, 20 S. Bearcreek Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, OR online at

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


For those who wish to pay their respects: January 23, 2023 11:00 am - November 28, 2023 12:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Service: January 23, 2023 12:00 pm - November 28, 2023 1:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Graveside Service: January 23, 2023 1:30 pm

Lewis Memorial Park
415 Beaverdam Road
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family … Daddy’s only sister … You will be missed … We love you Jo Ann 😘

  2. Dear Cindy and family: I am so sorry about sweet Joann. I will miss our talks and cards. She was always a breath of fresh air. Loved her dearly. Heaven continues to get sweeter all the time. May God bless you as you walk this road, and hold you in His Hands. Much love, and prayers, Isaiah 40:31

  3. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be her neighbor for 23 years. Joanne was the first to greet us to the neighborhood with a plate of warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies. I will always have the memory of walking across our yard to hers in the snow to bring her some homemade chicken noodle soup. I was laughing, smiling and so happy to do it. It was an experience right out of Mayberry. We spent many summer afternoons swinging on her side porch and laughing so much our faces would hurt. I will always be grateful for the time we spent together.

  4. I was so sorry to hear of JoAnns passing. I’ve been praying for the family. JoAnn has always been one of my favorite people.

  5. Cindy I always thought a lot of your mother. She was the kindest, sweetest person I know. I am thankful to say I knew her. Love you

  6. With Sincere Sympathy, and Prayer’s for your family. Jo Ann will be certainly missed. God has picked another flower for His Garden.

  7. My prayers to the family Jo Ann was such a nice person and one of my favorite customers I was her mail carrier for 6 yrs and she waved at me everyday till she couldn’t she will truly be missed such a nice person

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