Mrs. Jo Ann Sawyer Deitrick, age 86, of Rome GA, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at a local health care facility.

                Jo Ann was born in Floyd County, GA, on January 29, 1937, daughter of the late Howard H. and Estelle Pasley Sawyer.

                In 1955, Jo Ann became the bride of Harl C. “Buddy” Castleberry. They made their home in Rome, GA until his passing in 1974. In 1975, Jo Ann married John Free, and they lived happily together until his passing in 1987. Jo Ann then moved to Kansas City, MO, where she met Robert “Bob” Deitrick. They were married in 1997 and moved to Orangeville, PA. Jo Ann returned to Rome, GA after Bob’s passing in 2008.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Teresa Bishop; her granddaughter, Brandi Lawson; her brothers, Bobby Sawyer, and Jack Sawyer; and her sister, Hazel Barnes.

                Jo Ann was employed by Trend Carpet for many years. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Deitrick was an accountant at DeLoitte-Touche LLP, in Kansas City, MO.            

                Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Batchelor (Wade), Mary Ann Schwieger (Tim), and Nancy Lawson (Rodney); her grandchildren, Rodney Lawson (Kevin), Buddy Spears (Donna), Marcus Kelly, and Jeremy Schweiger; 3 great grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Bessie Sawyer; several nieces and nephews.

                A graveside service will be held at 3:00pm on Friday, January 5, 2024, at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, with her grandson, Rodney Lawson, and Kevin Vanderwesthuizen officiating.

                The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Friday from 2:00pm until 2:45pm.

                Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, has charge of arrangements.