Jo Ann Absher Corum, age 78, Boone, passed away Friday morning, April 18, 2014 at Glenbridge Health Care.

Mrs. Corum is survived by her husband, Dr. Al Corum, of Boone; two sons, Mark Corum and Jeffrey Scott Corum, both of Columbia, South Carolina; one sister, Betty Griffin, and husband Dr. William R. Griffin, of Georgetown, South Carolina; one aunt Paralee Baldwin, of Ashe County, and one uncle, James Horton Absher, of Ashe County.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Emmett W. Absher and Lenna Parlier Absher, and one sister, Jerrie Rae.

She was a magna cum laude graduate from Appalachian State Teacher's college with a degree in English. She taught English in the Miami-Dade County, Florida public schools. After she returned to Boone in 1970, she worked in the business department at Apalachian State University and as a substitute teacher in the Watauga County Public Schools.

She was active in several clubs and civic organizations in Boone, including the Appalachian Women's Club and OASIS.

She was active in the First Baptist Church of Boone, particularly the Contemporary Ladies Sunday School Class.

Funeral services for Jo Ann Absher Corum will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Boone. Reverend Roy Dobyns will officiate. The body will lie in state from 12:30 til 2:00 at the church.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 til 2:00 at the church.

Interment will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Contemporary Ladies Sunday School Class, 375 West King Street, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Corum family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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