Jo Ann Aust Asbury (Jody) passed away. Born July 10, 1947, she was preceded in death by her father, Charles Allen Aust Sr.; her mother, Mary Trula Craig Aust; her sisters, Ruth Marie Aust Harrell, Lucy Jane Aust Duncan, and her brother, Charles Allen Aust, Jr.
She graduated Pulaski High School in 1965, and she earned a B.S. from Radford College in 1969. She earned her M.S. from Radford University in 1988 and attended additional graduate classes at Virginia Tech.
For 26 years she taught English, composition, American literature, and Appalachian Studies at Radford University, retiring in 2011. While teaching at RU, she was honored with the Dedmon Award for professorial excellence, a Golden Apple award for teaching, and multiple award nominations for advising and fine arts instruction.
For many years she was the editor of ALCAlines, a journal for the Assembly of Literature and Culture of Appalachia, and she was a frequent contributor to journals around the region. In 2006 she edited A Handbook to Appalachia with Grace Toney Edwards and Ricky L. Cox.
At Radford University she assisted the annual Highland Summer Conference, and she was a staunch supporter of AASIS, a mentorship program for Appalachian studies in local schools. Before her retirement, she served as co-advisor for the English Club at Radford University and founded the annual Highlander Literary Festival. She previously worked at Bank of Speedwell and Virginia National Bank.
She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor fraternity, the national English honor society Sigma Tau Delta, Pulaski Fine Arts, Elks Lodge #1067, First United Methodist Church and the Chancel Choir, and Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She was also a member of The Ancient City’s Poetry Society of St. Augustine, Florida.
Married Dec. 15, 1968, she is survived by her husband of almost 45 years, Roger Allen Asbury Sr. of Pulaski. She is also survived by her daughter, April Joy Asbury, also of Pulaski; her son, Roger Allen Asbury II; her grandsons, Jesse Howard Allen Asbury and Daniel Franklin Aust Asbury, all of Salem, Virginia. She is survived by one sister, Mildred “Duckie” Aust Keller.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the choir fund at First United Methodist Church, the Humane Society of Pulaski, or The Farm at Selu Conservancy in Radford.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.