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Joann Rock

October 17, 1968 — July 20, 2023

Joann Rock

Joann Cone Rock, affectionately known as JoJo, passed away on July 20, 2023, at the age of 54 surrounded by family and friends in Marietta, Georgia after a courageous and hard fought battle with breast cancer. Born on October 17, 1968, in Walterboro, South Carolina, she was the daughter of Paula and Joe Cone.

Joann loved the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the quaint sandy beaches of Edisto Beach, South Carolina and Dog Island, Florida. An avid Ohio State fan, Jo Jo could be heard yelling “Go Bucks!” all football season. She treasured her time with her family at their numerous reunions, and especially loved hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving. Family and friends meant the world to her, especially her uncles UJ, UJ Lite, and best friend for over 30 years, Rhonda Singletary Stephenson. Friends could count on Joann for her kindness and unconditional love - whether they had known her for 10 minutes or 10 years. Known for her wit, Joann loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. An avid card player, she had the most competitive spirit and would light up a room with her beautiful smile. Known to love “Sinatra Saturdays”, Joann loved to eat, drink and be merry. She was a practice administrator for ENT of Georgia for 16 years where she took time to get to know the patients and she was respected and loved by her fellow co-workers. The family would like to thank Dr. Ming Chi at Northside Hospital and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw at ENT of Georgia for the special care they showed towards Joann.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years Matthew Paul Rock of Woodstock, Georgia, mother Paula Beach Cone of Thomasville, Georgia, son, Justin Tyler Leabo (Hannah) of Thomasville, Georgia, brother Joseph “Joey” Randall Cone of Statesboro, Georgia, Brother-in-Law Christopher Andrew Rock (Jennifer) of Nebo, North Carolina and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and her first grandchild expected in October. She is preceded in death by her father Joseph Paul Cone “Big Dad”, her maternal grandparents Dot and Randall Beach and paternal grandparents Betty and Joseph Paul Cone.

Visitation will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans, Georgia on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 12:30 pm with a funeral service to follow at 2 pm. The officiating minister will be Greg Porterfield. Burial to follow at Westover Memorial Park, located at 2601 Wheeler Road in Augusta, GA.

Pallbearers will be Christian Amouroux, Coby Brooks, Tracy Carter, Luke Howard, Chris Rock, and Jami Stephenson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Howard, John Julian, Carter Rock, Lance Smith, Teddy Simmons, and Bill Whitford.

Flowers will be accepted for the service at Wesley United Methodist Church and in Lieu of Flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Community Foundation of South Georgia, Savannah Singletary Memorial Scholarship (Mail Checks to: PO Box 2654, Thomasville, GA 31799 or online at

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

12:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wesley United Methodist Church

825 North Belair Road, Evans, GA 30809

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Westover Memorial Park

2601 Wheeler Road

, Augusta, GA 30904

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