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Jo Ann Ulmer

Jo Ann Ulmer

Sunday, September 29th, 1946 Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

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Jo Ann Anderson-Ulmer was born in St. Augustine, FL on September 29, 1946 to the late Mr. And Mrs. Hurley Anderson Sr. She attended local schools in St. John's County School District. JoAnn participated in softball and ran track for Richard J Murray High School. After Graduating from Richard J. Murray High School JoAnn decided to further her education and attended Edward Waters College where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.

Jo Ann embarked on a journey that none of us will ever forget because it’s what she believed in along with three other brave soldiers. In 1963 Jo Ann, Willie Carl Singleton, Audrey Neil Edwards and Samuel White decided to inspire the world. They did so by taking a trip to the Woolworth Department store in St. Augustine, FL where they decided to sit down at the lunch counter to have lunch. They asked for a hamburger, coke and fries it was then that they were met with opposition. They were told that N******s were not welcomed nor served at Woolworth. From that point on St. Augustine became the hot spot in the south for racism and Civil rights and because of this St. Augustine received national attention, out of this the St. Augustine four were born. Thank god for their parents for standing strong and allowing them to participate in the many protests in downtown St. Augustine. Hats off to Dr. Hayling for standing in the gap for the St. Augustine Four because without him none of this would have been possible. The civil Rights movement in St. Augustine allowed many to gather at local churches to rally for what they believed was right. Jo Ann, Willie Carl Singleton, Audrey Neil Edwards and Samuel White experienced some things in life that they will never forget. So today, we are here to honor Jo Ann Anderson Ulmer for her courageous fight and participation in the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement.

Jo Ann Anderson Ulmer was married to William C. Ulmer for 35 years. To this union 3 children were born; she built a storied legacy of friends and family.

Accepting Christ into her life at an early age. She was a faithful servant at Zion Missionary Baptist Church. JoAnn moved to Jacksonville, FL and joined Christian Fellowship Baptist Church where she was a dedicated usher and board member until her health failed her. JoAnn worked for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind until retiring in 2008 serving 33 years as a Senior Residential Instructor. Jo Ann returned to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind for an additional 12 years working on the weekend as a weekend Chaperone. She will be missed by her loving family and friends. Her awesome smile and infectious laugh will truly be remembered.

Mrs. Jo Ann Anderson Ulmer passed away Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 6:51pm and leaves to cherish her memory, a devoted family, Michelle (Ivory) Jacksonville, FL Katrina and Wilma both of Jacksonville, FL; brothers, Hurley Jr., Miami, FL, Vermont (Lachanze) St. Augustine, FL, Randall (Anna), St. Augustine, FL, Kendall (Karen) Jacksonville FL, Avery (Elaine) St. Augustine, FL; sister, Dr. Fay Anderson-Davis, St. Augustine, FL; grandchildren,  Andrea Davis and Charles Davis, both of Jacksonville, FL, Marquis Ulmer US Airforce, Zakiya Folks, Ciara Kallie, Jarrard Dixon, Jermia Anderson, Zara Holsey, and Greg Holsey; great grandchildren, Tre’niyah Shakir, Zoey Sanders, Angela Ulmer, Braylon Davis, and Julian Davis; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins other relatives and many friends of whom she loved very deeply. She will be missed tremendously.

The funeral service for Jo Ann Ulmer will be held 11:00 am Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at the Samuel C. Rogers Jr. Memorial Chapel 4315 N. Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. The visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Friday, July 10th, 2020 at the Funerals by T.S. Warden 4315 North Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. Interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ www.tswarden.com. Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Funerals by T.S. Warden
    4315 North Main Street
    Jacksonville, FL
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    Friday, July 10th, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Samuel C. Rogers Jr. Memorial Chapel
    4315 N. Main Street
    JACKSONVILLE, FL
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    Saturday, July 11th, 2020
    11:00am
  • Interment

    Monday, July 27th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Jacksonville National Cemetery
    4083 Lannie Road
    JACKSONVILLE, FL
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    Monday, July 27th, 2020
    2:30pm

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Pam Nehemias

My heart is breaking for miss Jo Ann’s family. I worked with this beautiful soul at FSDB and enjoyed experiencing the brightness she brought wherever she went. I have very few (s)heros, Jo Ann was one. She will live on in our hearts. 🙏🏼 My condolences and prayers to you all.
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LaRonda Jenkins

To the family I’m so saddened for the loss of this beautiful soul. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ms. Jo Ann for years at FSDB. She was always so uplifting and her smile and laughter was truly contagious. She was so full of wisdom and I admired the way she carried herself. I learned so much from her and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to call her my friend, role model and Co worker. Ms Jo Ann I’m truly going to miss you my little jazzy, sassy friend. I love you and will always remember our good times.
Family I will keep each of you in prayer during this difficult time🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
~LaRonda Jenkins & Family
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Marilyn Miller

My heart aches for all who knew this amazing woman! Her homegoing will be the celebration of a person who lived her life with a passion for making a difference in this world. I feel so blessed to have met Ms. Jo Ann❤️🤟and it was a privilege to witness her work with students at FSDB. I will ESPECIALLY cherish the instrumental role she had in the civil rights movement in St Augustine...what a legacy!
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