JoAnn Brinegar Upchurch Johnson, age 77 of 1405 Hwy 18 N. Sparta, NC passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at her residence.

She was born October 13, 1941 in Alleghany County to the late Robert and Lillie Clyde Billings Brinegar. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Franklin Upchurch; her second husband, Herbert Jackson Johnson; two sisters, Emma Lou Crouse and infant sister Edna Marie Brinegar; two half-brothers, Lewis Brinegar and Gladys Brinegar; one half-sister, Georgia Ruth Brinegar; sister-in-law, Kathy Brinegar. She is survived by one son, Michael Charles Upchurch and wife Rebecca of Independence, VA; four daughters, Teresa Dawn Eldridge and husband Audie of Sparta, Angela Upchurch and fiancé Kurt Lewis of N. Wilkesboro, Michelle Wagoner and husband Tim of N. Wilkesboro, Rita Sexton and her son Lucas Sexton of the home; one stepson, Chris Johnson and wife Tammy of N. Wilkesboro; one step-daughter, Sharon Henson and husband Jackie of Sparta; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Brinegar and wife Barbara of Glade Valley, Ricky Brinegar of Sparta; four sisters, Rosa Lee Sturgill of N. Wilkesboro, Imogene Cantler of Laurel Springs, Nancy Ratcliff of Sparta, Jackie Stanley and husband Steve of Laurel Springs; several nieces and nephews also survive. The family requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service to honor the life of JoAnn at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 in the chapel of Grandview Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Kent Eller and Brother Chris Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends starting at 12:00 noon until time of the service at the funeral home and other times at the residence.

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