JoAnn McGlamery

By November 20, 2017 Obituaries

JoAnn Dotson McGlamery was born in Princeton, West Virginia on June 10, 1960 to Vize and Jean Dotson. Not long afterwards the family moved to Nashville, TN.

At an early age (5) she came home from school and told her mother, “I want to be a school teacher when I grow up.” At the age of 11 she developed Leukemia and after 3 years of chemo and radiation at St. Judes Hospital she went into remission.

When she was 13 she learned American Sign Language at her church and felt called to become a teacher of the deaf. She attended The University of Tennessee and graduated with a degree in deaf education.

Her first teaching position was in Charleston, SC where she taught 1st grade. Over the next 30 years she taught in all three Charleston counties in grades Kindergarten thru High School. Teaching the deaf was one of the great passions in her life.

The greatest Passion of her life was her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was raised in church and became a Christian at the age of 8. In 1997 she met the love of her life, a Baptist Minister named Howard McGlamery, and they were married a few months later. For the next 20 years she served God at his side. She served God as a Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church teacher, and Sign Language interpreter and teacher. She led the Vacation Bible School at Ladson Baptist Church/Grace Chapel for 20 years. Over those 20 years several hundred boys and girls came to Jesus Christ. In 2007 she and her husband adopted a 5 year old boy from Peru who they named Andrew Judson McGlamery. Not long after that in 2011 they adopted a 10 year old deaf girl from China who they named Susanna Grace McGlamery

She Loved God.

She Walked with God.

She Served God.

And now – She is With God.

I, her husband, was blessed to be married to this Godly Christian woman for over 20 years. She was the “Love of my life.”

She is survived by her husband, Pastor Howard McGlamery, her two children AJ and Susanna. She is also survived by her parents, Vize and Jean Dotson, by her brother Clifford, his wife Sherrie and son Matthew, all of Nashville.

Prov 31:10-12

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Visitation for Mrs. McGlamery will take place on Saturday, November 25th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Ladson Baptist Church (3231 Ladson Road, Ladson SC 29456).  Funeral services celebrating her life will follow at 2pm at the church.  Interment will take place at a later date at Beaufort National Cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services Summerville.


  • Rev. John Engel says:

    Howard ; I am so devestated ! She was a
    Great Pastors wife and beautiful
    Person ; thank God you had the time with her;
    Love you and pray God Grace to lift-you up:
    Dr. John B. Engel , College buddy and assistant to Paul Durham in Nashville Tenn.

  • George Ellington says:

    Howard, we are so sorry for your loss. Jo Ann was a sweet lady and she will be missed by the many people who knew her..we are praying for you and your family at this sad time in your life.
    George and Judy Ellington..Knoxville TN.

  • Kim M Brown-Coon says:

    Sweet prayers for a sweet person. I will miss her warm hugs and laugh.

  • Michelle R Sells says:

    Just learned of her death…i got the chance of growing up with her being my hearing teacher in school. I was lucky to have gotten to see her last yr at trident when she was helping a student in class…she was such a great woman and will be missed