Mary Jo Breeding Hitchcock died on February 26, 2022 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Jo was born in Cookeville, Tennessee in 1928. She was one of 7 children raised on a 60-acre farm which her father, Hop Lee Breeding, said had the richest land in two counties. Hop and his wife Rosa Bullock Breeding worked hard and all of the children grew up learning to grow crops, livestock and hogs and manage the land. Jo is the last living of her siblings: Hilda, Edith, Ed, Willese, Gordon and Jimmie Pauline. They enjoyed being together, eating, laughing and sharing stories from times past and present.
The family attended Mt. Hermon Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, then when Jo and Armon moved to Chattanooga, they first attended Whosoever Will Cumberland Presbyterian Church. After moving across town, Jo and the whole family joined Red Bank Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1959.
Jo graduated from Central High School in Cookeville, Tennessee, in 1946 and married Armon Hitchcock that summer. They moved to Washington, DC, where Armon worked with mapping services for the government. For a short time they lived in Detroit, like many southerners, to work in the auto plant. They enjoyed their time there but soon returned to Cookeville to be close to all of their family. Armon and Jo had three children: Theresa (Tom) Martin, Phil (Lynn) Hitchcock and Jimmy (Jane) Hitchcock. The family moved to Chattanooga when Theresa was 3 so Armon could work at TVA – again in Mapping Services. Almost every vacation was spent in Cookeville to be with family to celebrate. When Jo, Armon, Theresa, Phil, and Jimmy drove home to Chattanooga from Cookeville, often as the car pulled up in the driveway, Jo would say, “I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me! Another favorite was “Go to the market, go to the market, buy a fat pig.” Homecoming, homecoming, jiggity jig/jiggity jog!” Faith, hope and charity were her constant doodle – written on the edge of every piece of paper she touched. There was evidence love all around.
Jo enjoyed being a full time housewife and was a wonderful cook. She could sew almost anything and enjoyed making quilts and creating a home to enjoy them. She loved her family fiercely and especially loved sharing a meal with all her loved ones. The Christmas gift exchanges were a laugh-out-loud event that the whole family remembered.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her joy and she loved holding the little babies and being cuddled by the children as they grew. Jo had seven grandchildren: Stephen, Brian, Matthew Martin; Rick Swafford and Jonathan Hitchcock; and Andrew and Katie Jo Hitchcock. 14 great-grandchildren: Sawyer, Ripley Marie and Mary Lorelei Martin; George and Margaret Martin, Emma Flanigan, Katie Beth and Emilee Swafford and Mason and River Hitchcock and Christian, Mia, Landyn and Zoey Hitchcock. She considered everyone an incredible delight and enjoyed every minute with them. They like it very much. She showed her love in every way she knew how.
Jo is survived by his 3 children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews and their children who were always on his mind and in his prayers.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace.
Funeral services will be held in Chattanooga at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Coulter Chapel at Lane Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 800 W. Jackson Street Crestlawn Cemetery in Cookeville, Tennessee, beginning at 1 p.m. CST.
Arrangements are in the care of Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415, www.lanefh.com, 423 877-3524.