Jo Hertha Lynah, daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (Bailey) Lynah, was born on December 19, 1940 in Cottageville, SC. She entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro, South Carolina. Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Jericho United Methodist Church (Church Yard) at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Marvin Jones, III, Pastor and Eulogist. Interment, Jericho-Mitchell Cemetery A public viewing will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Stephens-Maree-Tracy Funeral Home Chapel of Serenity from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Jo Hertha attended Jericho Elementary School in Cottageville, SC, and Colleton High School, Walterboro, SC and did further studies at Claflin University, and Career Certification Programs while she resided in New York.
Early in life, Sis. Lynah accepted Christ as her personal Savior at Jericho United Methodist Church in Cottageville, SC. In her pursuit of her career in life, she moved to Albany, New York. While in New York, she joined the Metropolitan Baptist Church and served faithfully.
After the illness of her brother, Jo Hertha decided to return home. She reunited with the Jericho United Methodist church family under the leadership of Rev. Jerry Harrison. It was evident that God anointed her to enhance ministry and thus diligently worked in many capacities.
She served as coordinator of the Jericho Disaster Relief Ministry. Since the church served as a Community Shelter, her first major project was to raise funds to purchase a GENERAC Generator so that electrical power would always be accessible. She was Vice president for the United Methodist women and Church Historian. She was an active Sunday School member who often served as substitute teacher. Jo Hertha was a dynamic community servant. As a member of the Jericho Health and Welfare Committee, she was instrumental in providing resources for those in need throughout the community such as having handicapped ramps built, providing Easter outfits for children, supplying turkeys for Thanksgiving meals, and numerous other acts of kindness. One of her most notable church event was her “Mission-Possible” fundraiser that generated enthusiasm among the membership and community and the successful achievement of the project goal. Jo Hertha was an active member of the Frasier Family Reunion Committee and the Martin, Mitchell, Lynah, Bennett Family Reunion Committee. JoHertha went about doing good deeds without complaining.
Jo Hertha was the last survivor among eight siblings. Four sisters, Sallie Badger, Naomi Lynah, Virginia Mikel, and Patricia Lynah and three brothers, Frank Lynah, Madison Lynah, and Bailey Lynah preceded her in death.
Jo Hertha leaves to cherish fond and loving memories, two adopted sons, Throid Badger of Walterboro, SC and Yahya Peterson of Cottageville, SC; adopted grandsons, and granddaughter, Yahya Petersen, Jr., Malik Xavier Petersen, and Yavae Petersen; one special niece, Carolyn Johnson of Walterboro, SC; one sister-in-law, Ruth Lynah of Cottageville, SC; one brother-in-law, Harold Mikel of Green pond, SC; a special and supportive cousin, Christine Lynah Golden of Cottageville, SC; special ones who were like a brother and sister, Charles “Kenny” and Clara “Catty” Fishburne of Cottageville, SC; special friends of the family, James and Maria Wall of Prattville, Alabama, and Tina and Eddie Howard of Riverdale, Georgia; five nieces, seven nephews, a host of great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends.
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