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Jo Ann Taylor Hoggatt

Dec. 15, 1936 – Jan. 30, 2013

NATCHEZ — Funeral services for Jo Ann Taylor Hoggatt, 76, of Brandon, formerly of Natchez, who died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Mary Basilica with the Rev. David O’Connor officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hoggatt was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Natchez, the daughter of Clyde K. Taylor and Josephine Martello Taylor. From an early age, Jo Ann was very active in multiple sports that included basketball, swimming, track and softball. She was a girl’s basketball coach at Cathedral High School and an all-star softball player. Later in life she participated in the Senior Olympics and won a number of gold and silver medals.

Mrs. Hoggatt had a long career in the medical field working at Natchez Charity Hospital, Lafayette General Hospital and Central Mississippi Home Health Care. In later years she worked as an assistant teacher in special education for Brandon Middle School.

After retirement, she enjoyed her hobbies, cooking and watching old movies (especially in black and white.) She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes. She never met a stranger. She will be missed deeply by her family and friends.

Mrs. Hoggatt was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William “Billy” Hoggatt Sr.

Survivors include two daughters, Kate Radzewicz Noles and husband, Joey, of Biloxi and Jane Hoggatt of Woodville; two sons, William Hoggatt and wife, Leslie, of Madison and Patrick Hoggatt of Brandon; seven grandchildren, Taylor Radzewicz, Jackson Hoggatt, Jessamine Hoggatt-Novak, Calene Hoggatt, Josie Hoggatt, Zachary Hoggatt and Leah Hoggatt; two sisters, Marilyn Jackson and husband, Clark, of Natchez and Connie Lipscomb of Brandon; and one brother, Dr. Clyde Taylor of Starkville.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Jackson, Johnny Hoggatt, Bobby Lipscomb, Mikal Rodgers, David Gordan, Kippy Blaney, Clyde “Eddie” Taylor and Taylor Radzewicz.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clark Jackson Jr. and Carey Jackson.

Online condolences may be sent to www.lairdfh.com.