Josephine Leitzsey Cumalander, 84, of Little Mountain, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Josephine “JoJo” was born on October 19, 1930 in Pomaria to the late William and Lee Kinard Leitzsey. She was married for 37 years to the late Bunyan “Bunk” Cumalander. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose love of her Lord guided her life. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She participated in the Happy Mountaineers, Cooper Fuller Sisters in Christ Circle, taught Sunday School and was a youth leader. She also assisted at the Holy Trinity Preschool. JoJo was retired from General Electric. She served on the Little Mountain Reunion Committee, delivered Meals on Wheels, coordinated Red Cross blood drives and loved the outdoors, cooking, her garden and canning. She loved sharing her baked and canned goods with everyone.

She is survived by her son, Fred Cumalander (Linda Richardson); daughter, Bobbie King (Maxton); granddaughters, Brandy Frick (Dave), Erica Billingsley, Jessica Lindler (Jeremy); great-grandchildren, Josie, Wes, Houston, Joanie Leigh, Keaton, Eli and Knowlton; sister, Carolyn Richardson (Jerry). She was predeceased by her son, Earl Cumalander, sisters, Mary Wicker, Una Graham and brothers, Ray and Hugh Leitzsey.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm Friday, March 20, 2015, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. Brett Collins. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the Trinity Life Center. The family will be at her home. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, PO Box 186, Little Mountain, SC 29075 or to the Little Mountain Rescue Squad, PO Box 8, Little Mountain, SC 29075.

Active pallbearers will be Bobby Chapman, Bart Cumalander, Ray Cumalander, Ronnie Leitzsey, Josh Long, Craig Perry, and Barry Richardson.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Happy Mountaineers and Cooper Fuller Sisters in Christ Circle.

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#31 Deborah Metts Crider 2015-03-27 12:30
I thought the world of Mrs Jo I am so sorry for her death you are in my prayers. Debbie
#30 Sheriff Lee Foster 2015-03-19 19:16
I am so sorry on the passing of Ms. Jo. What a wonderful person and an icon. She is now reunited with Earl. What a wonderful woman. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia
#29 Kathy Brown 2015-03-19 16:45
Bobbie Jo and Fred, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Miss Jo was a very special person that I will always remember with fondness! Kathy Brown
#28 Sherrie Fulmer 2015-03-19 15:29
Please know that your family has my heartfelt sympathy. Mrs. Jo was a wonderful part of Little Mountain and Holy Trinity Church. I have many cherished memories of her while growing up there. Sherrie Shealy Fulmer
#27 Kathy Boland 2015-03-19 12:56
Ya'll are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang on to all the many memories ya'll have made over the years. I will miss Ms. Jo. She was a big part of Holy Trinity and the Little Mountain community. I loved going on church trips with her and Mom.

God will Bless and Comfort you during this diffcult time. Trust in Him always.


Kathy Boland and Family
#26 Mary Ann Cumalander 2015-03-19 10:57
To Jo Jo's family:
I will remember JoJO for her boundless love
for her family and friends. JoJo set an
example for so many by what it means to be
a woman of faith, strength and courage. How
I will miss her sweet spirit!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I love you all my precious family!

Mary Ann Cumalander
Mauldin SC
#25 Nat and Jennifer Bir 2015-03-19 09:17
Our sympathies are with you in this time of loss. Mrs. Jo will be missed by many and remembered always.
#24 Fredna Wessinger 2015-03-19 09:09
Bobbie, Maxton and family! Sending you my sincere and genuine condolences at the loss of your dear Mom, Grandmother, Aunt and more to many! May you be comforted in knowing that she lived a full, blessed life and that you all included her in so much of what you did day to day! Take care and know that many are thinking of and praying for you and your's! Love, Fredna
#23 Bernie & Tammy Metts 2015-03-18 22:14
We were so sorry to hear of Jo's passing. Bernie has some very fond memories of Jo and others who rode together in a carpool to the old GE plant many years ago. Such a wonderful, Christian woman. Our sympathies go out to all her family and friends. She will dearly be missed.
#22 Frankie & Cathy Shea 2015-03-18 20:35
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . Ms.Jo was such a delightful lady and always shared God's love with others. May you have peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Frankie & Cathy Shealy and Family
#21 Willie Morris 2015-03-18 16:50
Bobbie Jo, Fred, Carolyn and all the family,
Ms. Jo was the sweetest and kindest person. I do not believe she ever met a stranger. You could feel the love in her for everyone. A true child of God. I know she was welcomed into Heaven with opened arms. God Bless each one of you. You have our sympathy and prayers. Our Love and God's Peace, Willie and Andy Morris
#20 Kathy & Wyse Hill 2015-03-18 14:58
Bobbie Jo and family, We are very sorry about your Mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God's love comfort you during your time of sorrow.
Love! Kathy
#19 Shirley Metts 2015-03-18 12:42
My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Aunt Eva, Betty, Wanda, Jane & Jimmy - my prayers are with you all. Ms Jo was a wonderful woman who would help you out in any way she possibly could. Now she celebrates her new life with Christ and we will all see her again when the Lord calls us home.
#18 June & Mike Ruff 2015-03-18 12:16
Bobbie Jo and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. Our hearts go out to all of you during this sad time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With all our Love, June and Mike
#17 Johnny & Jamee 2015-03-18 12:04
Our family has had the pleasure of knowing JOJo, and I know heaven rejoices in her arrival.She was such a wonderful loving and caring person. She will be surely missed.Today she is walking the streets of gold....resting at the feet of Jesus, singing praises with other loved ones ....To all the family our thoughts and prayers will be with you. May GOD comfort and strengthen you. May we celebrate the life of this precious saint. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
#16 Missy & Rich White 2015-03-18 10:40
To Bobbie and Maxton and All JoJo's Family, from All the White Family we send our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts, and prayers. For all these years we have known your family, JoJo has always been at the center of it, lending her love, strength, and especially good humor to us all. She was a wonderful lady and will be dearly missed.
#15 Doug, Jackie & Girls 2015-03-18 10:39
Fred, Bobbie...Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The lose of someone as kind and thoughtful as Ms.Jo is truly a heart break for all in the community. She will be missed......Lov e and Sympathy,
Doug, Jackie, Carrie & Clarissa Haltiwanger
#14 Cindy Farr 2015-03-18 10:30
We are so sad to hear of Jo Jo's passing. She has and will always mean so much to everyone in our little community. The first thing I thought of this morning was that Jo, Mama Rae, and all their friends were having a reunion today and that made me smile. I know your hearts are hurting but everyone is lifting you up in thought and prayer. Love, Allen, Cindy, Jesse and Jenna
#13 Sebrena L. Matthews 2015-03-18 08:40
Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Betty and I will never forget last Friday night at Miss Jo's. We shared stories, laughed, ate ribs and bar-b-que. This evening had a purpose ~ no doubt. Love you all.
#12 Mary Koon Latif 2015-03-18 05:24
Bobbie and Fred, I just read of the death of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Mary K. Latif, Alexandria, VA
#11 Denise McWhorter 2015-03-17 22:24
I have never had the pleasure of meeting your beloved JoJo but have heard so many wonderful things about her through my friend, Jillian Long, Josh's wife. May God wrap His arms around each of you and give you a peace that passes all understanding. Knowing she is with the Lord and you will see her again one day will become a constant comfort to each of you. God bless. Lifting you all in prayer. Denise McWhorter
#10 Donna Jacobs 2015-03-17 21:47
Bobbie and family, I am truly sorry to learn if your mother's death. May GOD's PERFECT GRACE comfort you in this difficult time.
#9 Faye Shealy 2015-03-17 21:29
Fred, Bobbi, Maxton, and
I am so sorry to hear about JoJo. I am going to miss her. She was so much fun to talk to and could always make me smile. May God bring you all peace and comfort through those wonderful memories you all share.
Love, Faye
#8 Sam Jefcoat 2015-03-17 21:21
The entire Jefcoat family extends sympathies to Jo's family. For over 35 years, Jo was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Our lives are better for having had her as part of our lives.

Our hearts are sad we no longer have her with us.

Peace be with you all.
#7 Pam Lindler DeHart 2015-03-17 20:39
Bobbie and all the family my love and prayers for you all. Mrs. Jo was a wonderful lady, mother and grandmother she will be so missed.
#6 Bill Fulmer Family 2015-03-17 20:32
Our sincerest sympathy to all of you! Heaven is a much brighter place today because JoJo is there. She will surely be missed here. All our love, Bill and Brenda
#5 Deb & Derrill Taylor 2015-03-17 19:31
Carolyn and all family, We are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Debra and Derrill
#4 Mandy and Lisa 2015-03-17 19:29
Fred, Bobbie, Maxton, and Family,
We are so sorry and have no words. We loved Aunt Jo very much. She was always my favorite. She was a wonderful, kind and giving lady. I will treasure each and every memory I have of her. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. May God give you His love and comfort at this time. Love to you all.
Lisa and Mandy
#3 Karen Winn 2015-03-17 19:21
All the family of JoJo has my most sad heartfelt sympathy. JoJo was a precious loving friend. She loved her garden and flowers. She will definitely be missed by all of the Holy Trinity community. I will cherish the loving memories I have of her. May God give you the comfort and peace knowing she is with her Father in Heaven and in no more pain or suffering. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
JoJo, I love you and will miss you!!
Rodger and Karen Winn
#2 Carol Farr Sanders 2015-03-17 18:56
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I was sorry to hear of JOJO's passing. She was loved by all who know her and she will be missed. It won't be the same in the community without her. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow. Love, Carol
#1 Craig and Tina Hipp 2015-03-17 17:40
You have our sympathy. A true treasurer that touched and influenced many lives.

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