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Appalachian Funeral Services
Thursday October 24th, 2019
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Funeral Service

Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel
Thursday October 24th, 2019
2:00pm - 2:30pm

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Alva Jo Hoyle

Jo Hoyle, our earthly angel, moved to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, October 19th.   Jo was 63 years of age.  A native of Jackson County, Jo was born on June 28th, 1956 to Amy Beasley Hoyle and the Late Alvin Hoyle.

Jo is survived by her Mother, Amy and two sisters, Sheila Hoyle and Katie Hoyle.  Jo is also survived by many cousins and special friends, and especially her friends; Beverly Carnes, Nicky Passarello, Myra Goodwin, Kathy Ann Ensley and Terry Meadows.

Jo is preceded in death by her Father, Alvin Hoyle; Maternal Grandparents, Fred and Minnie Beasley; Paternal Grandparents Baxter and Fannie Hoyle; and numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Jo attended East Sylva Baptist Church.  She enjoyed her Sunday School Classes and the many friends she grew up with in her home church.  Jo was included in every part of her church and we remember and appreciate, with joy and respect, women like Velma Plemmons, who always asked Jo to pray and read, outloud, her Bible Verses.

Jo was “special” in many ways.  Her disabilities, both mental and physical paved a way for her life journey.  Jo was educated in the Jackson County Public Schools, an educational program that Jo and her family helped bring to all families with children with special needs.  When Jo was nine years old, 1965, and no school classes were open to her, her parents and other parents worked with the schools to make education available.  We remember Mrs. Jamison and Mrs. Thomas and the first classroom, in the basement and across from the boiler room, in the old Sylva Elementary School.  Thank you Jo, for helping to open this first door and just look at the progress and the opportunities that are available for young children with special needs today.  54 years of progress, what an amazing accomplishment and Jo helped !

Jackson County was a good place to live.  Smoky Mountain Mental Health Center, about 1984, wanted to create a small group home for developmentally disabled adults in WNC and Jo was called on again to pave the way.  After much discussion and conversation it was agreed that Jo would be one of 5 young adults to “pilot” community group homes, a new kind of community service.  This life venture for Jo, proved to be very successful and Jo spent the next 35 years living in this setting.  Accolades to the staff of Smoky Mountain Mental Health and later to Macon Citizens Habilities who provided excellent services and a wonderful life in Jackson County. 

Many doors opened in Jackson County and indeed, across North Carolina and the Nation, as the first children and adults with special needs paved the way which eventually led to the November 29, 1975 signing into law, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  While we love the Jo we knew, who loved balloons, fingernail polish and McDonald’s we will remember her as a “trailblazer” for the young children and adults who now have access to services and a better quality of life.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday October 24, 2019 in the Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Reed Benson and Charles Dean officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 12:00 until 2:00 pm Thursday prior to the Service at the Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery

Flowers are welcome; memorial donations may be made to East Sylva Baptist Church at 21 Faith Avenue, Sylva, NC 28779.


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Guestbook

Amy, Shelia and Katie, I was so sorry to hear of Jo passing.You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God will give you the comfort you need during this sad time.

Thelma Lea Gates Oct 24 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alva Hoyle

Thelma Lea Gates Oct 24 2019 12:00 AM

Janie N. Kirkland Gloria N. Kirkendall Oct 23 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alva Hoyle

Janie N. Kirkland Gloria N. Kirkendall Oct 23 2019 12:00 AM

Amy, Sheila, and Katie, We are so sorry to hear about Jo. she was so precious and a joy to be around. When I worked at Webster Enterprises she would come with the group home and was always smiling and was happy to be there. She will be greatly missed You are in our hearts and prayers, Janie Norman Kirkland & Gloria Norman Kirkendall

Janie N. Kirkland & Gloria N. Kirkendall Oct 23 2019 12:00 AM

Mrs Hoyle, Shelia and Katie, I am very sorry for the loss of Jo. She was loved by all of you, may God give you peace and joy during this difficult time. With deports condolences. Love joyce

Joyce Stewart Oct 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alva Hoyle

Joyce Stewart Oct 22 2019 12:00 AM

Sheila & Family, What a wonderful life Jo had. She spread joy and love everywhere and with everyone she touched. You are in my prayers through this time. I am blessed to have known Jo! Love, Sally Sutton

Sally Sutton Oct 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alva Hoyle

Sally Sutton Oct 22 2019 12:00 AM

What a beautiful smile Alva had; what a wonderful legacy she leaves behind.

Barbara Bryson Freeman Oct 22 2019 12:00 AM

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