Josephine Yokely Connelly


Josephine Yokely Connelly was born January 12, 1923, and departed this life on October 14, 2021 at the age of 98.

She was the daughter of John T. Yokely and Lucille Nelson Yokely who preceded her in death, along with her husband, Oliver M. Connelly, Jr.

Affectionately known as “Mama Jo” she was an avid horse lover all her life. She was a longtime member of the Cornersville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Tom (Lynne) Connelly of Cornersville, TN; daughters, Jane C. Taylor of Athens, AL, Sharon Connelly of Cornersville, TN, and Gayle C. (Tom) Gower of Athens, AL. Also surviving, brother, John T Yokely of Lynnville, TN; sister, Jean (Bill) Erwin of Murfreesboro, TN and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Connelly of Fayetteville, TN. She was also loved by eleven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. She will be missed by a host of friends.

She was lovingly cared for by the staff of Village Manor of Lewisburg, TN for six years and NHC Pulaski until her death.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Cornersville United Methodist Church.

The family was at the Cornersville United Methodist Church for visitation on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Cornersville United Methodist Church, c/o Barbara Capps, 202 Lynnville Road, Cornersville, TN 37047 or to St Jude’s Children Hospital, P.O. Box 50 Memphis, TN 38105.

Cornersville Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.