Mae Jo Garrett

Mae Jo Garrett

Tuesday, May 23rd, 1933 - Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Ms. Mae Jo Kicklighter Garrett, of Dothan, Alabama, died peacefully on August 18, 2020. She was born in Glennville, Georgia, on May 23, 1933, the daughter of the late Ollie Mae Bird and Lee Iverson Kicklighter.

Jo’s beloved husband of 64 years, Dr. Fred Malone Garrett, Sr. predeceased her. She is survived by sons Billington Malone (Jenny) of Montgomery and Benjamin Abner (Terri) and Fred Malone (Kathy) of Dothan. In addition, “Mimi” holds dear her seven grandchildren: Billington of Los Angeles; Taylor (Susan) and Sarah (Charlie Sexton) of Birmingham; James (Kathryn) of Auburn; and Iverson, Jack Malone, and Amelia of Dothan. She is especially proud to have great-grandchildren: Mac Garrett and Garner and Cas Sexton, all of Birmingham. Jo’s family included her four sisters and two brothers and their spouses, all with whom Jo and Fred maintained close ties. All predeceased her except her sister-in-law Maryland. She was also predeceased by Fred’s two sisters and their spouses.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Jo and Fred moved to Albany, Georgia and then to Dothan in 1960. “Family” was the essence of Jo—and, oh, what a family it is! She is known by so many as “Miss Jo” at her restaurant “Garland House,” established in 1976 and in business for 30 years. There, she embraced more “family,” sharing in countless engagement parties, baptisms, birthdays, and general celebrations of life. And, there, she taught a Southern town to love crepes and men to eat Peppermint Puffs! Her “family” included First United Methodist Church of Dothan, a source of strong community and blessings beyond measure for her, including during her final years when she “volunteered” at the Respite Ministry. To her most precious—her grandchildren, she modeled life as a celebration with family, well-earned after hard work and perseverance. She will be cherished for her joy, laughter, eager insistence to help, and gracious welcome to all she encountered.

A burial service will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, Arlington, Georgia, at 11:00 a.m. EST, Thursday, August 20, 2020. Family and close friends are invited. Those attending will wear masks and socially distance. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in celebration of Jo’s life to: Respite Ministry, First United Methodist Church, 1380 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36301.

The family would like to thank the staff of Memory Care at The Terrace at Grove Park for their compassionate care of Ms. Jo.

Glover Funeral Home of Dothan has been entrusted with the arrangements. (334) 699-3888. Please sign the guestbook online at
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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Oak Grove Cemetey
    Address Not Available
    Arlington, Georgia
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    Dr. Joe Johnson
  • Interment

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Arlington, Georgia
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    11:00 a.m. EST


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Posted at 02:58pm
Hi. My name is Peggy (angeloff was my last name at the time I knew Jo.) I worked at the Garland House with Jo for many years. She was very thoughtful with her employees. She loved to go to yard sales before she would come to work. She would by clothes and toys for our kids and we would pay get for them. She was very kind to find bargains for us. She was definitely a bargain hunter and I learned allotfrom her about bargain shopping. I enjoyed working there and meeting allot of people. Lots of memories. She was down to earth with people and I think that's what made me feel so comfortable around her. She had a very special family and I enjoyed meeting them all and getting to know them. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lots of love, Peggy


Jackie Richardson Posted at 04:53pm

I remember Jo Garrett with much affection. She always opened her home to her children’s friends. I loved to go to the Garland house whenever I was back in town. Loved the strawberry crepes. My sympathies to the entire Garrett clan.

HAZEL Hightower Posted at 08:35pm

My sincere condolences to the Garrett family. When I heard Miss Jo had pass I didn't want to believe it. I'm HAZEL Hightower and worked at the Garland House for 9 years making those delicious salads. Jo was always sweet, kind, loved to laugh, definitely a bargain shopper and loved giving gifts. Whenever we would get behind in the kitchen sending out orders, Jo would always lend a helping hand. We were like family and Jo and her family didn't see any color. We were always welcome at their home. Miss Jo, You will be missed. You and your husband will always have a special place in our hearts.

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