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JoAnn Speer Piper

August 29, 1935 ~ March 24, 2021 (age 85)


JoAnn Piper, 85, of Macon, Georgia, passed away peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, March 24, 2021. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Hart’s Chapel of the Cupola with the Reverends John Irwin and Antonie Walker officiating, followed by a greeting with the family. Afterwards, friends and family will travel to Macon Memorial Park for a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204.

JoAnn was born in Covington, Georgia to the late James Frank Speer and Berta Mae Capes Speer. She was the oldest of three daughters that included her two younger sisters, Patricia and Mary. JoAnn married William “Bill” Boyce Piper, Sr. in 1953 and had three children, William Boyce, Victoria Ann and Joseph Bradley. She was blessed with a long career in nursing, which allowed her to care for hundreds of mothers and their newborns. JoAnn enjoyed traveling, quilting, and playing bridge with friends.

JoAnn was a faithful member of Riverside United Methodist Church and could often be found teaching a Sunday School Class or helping in the nursery. Her belief in the Lord was extremely important, and she found solace in daily devotionals from her Bible. JoAnn was so passionate about serving, spreading the word of God, and utilizing her nursing skills to help others that she traveled on multiple mission trips overseas. She returned from each mission with humbling, heartwarming testimonies.

JoAnn loved her family dearly and enjoyed cooking and caring for them. She was known as Meme to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she indulged with love and hugs at every opportunity. Meme was known for her great recipes and good cooking. Her family could always count on her homemade coffee cake every Christmas.

JoAnn is preceded in death by her husband, William Boyce Piper, Sr., and her parents. Those left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Trish Wilson, and Mary Brackens; children, Boyce Piper (Paula), Victoria Davis (Lowell) and Brad Piper (Regena); grandchildren, Casey Piper, Valerie Reynolds, Katie Thompson (Jesse), Alan Lord (Jennifer), Eric Lord (Taylor), Carey Davis, Kyle Davis (Sarah), Scott Davis (Susan), Kurt Davis (deceased), Carson Piper, Bryce Piper; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 has charge of the arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
March 27, 2021

11:00 AM
Hart's at the Cupola
6324 Peake Road
Macon, GA 31210

Graveside Following Service
March 27, 2021

Macon Memorial Park
3969 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31204

Visitation to follow service

Hart's at the Cupola
6324 Peake Road
Macon, GA 31210


Riverside United Methodist Church
735 Pierce Ave., Macon GA 31204

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