JoAnne McFarland McLeod
JoAnne McFarland McLeod, 82, died Sunday, May 29, 2022.
A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at noon on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Lakewood Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 10 am before the service. JoAnne's first cousin, Rev. Percy McFarland Burns of Charlotte, NC will lead this celebration.
JoAnne was born on November 21, 1939 in Bay Springs, Mississippi and graduated with honors from Bay Springs High School in 1957. She was selected as Ms. Bay Springs High School. In 1959, she was elected as Miss Jasper County and was a close runner up to Lynda Lee Mead who went on to become Miss America that year. She was a 1961 graduate of the University of Mississippi where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma. She went to Jackson Law School (now MC Law School), graduating in 1975.
At age 45, she became a widow and returned to the workforce as a special Assistant Attorney General for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office in the Habeas Corpus Division.
She is preceded by her beloved husband, Dr. James Norman McLeod, III (1939-1985). She is also preceded in death by her father, Judge Joe Alexander McFarland (1913-1970) and her mother, Doris Parker McFarland Smith (1920-2007).
She is survived by her two adult children, Robert Steele McLeod and Loren McLeod Gineris (David). She has three grandsons, James McLeod Gineris (24), Justin David Gineris (21), and William Jackson Gineris (17), all of St. Charles, IL. She has one brother, Robert Parker McFarland, Sr. (Becky), Cumming, Georgia.
JoAnne was an avid duplicate bridge player, and achieved the rank of Diamond Life Master. She was a member of St. Columb's Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Sunnybrook Children's Home, 222 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157.